When little Nemo is captured by divers, overprotective dad, Marlin, must enlist the aid of many diverse sea creatures to help him cross the ocean to find his son.
Babies and toddlers will be terrified right from the opening scene in which Nemo's mother and siblings are eaten by a predator. The lives of the fish are constantly in peril, and one razor-toothed smile from Bruce, the screen-filling shark, will have young viewers covering their eyes in horror.
Although there are still scenes that may send them into your lap, most preschoolers will find themselves rapt in this underwater adventure. They'll love characters like Crush, a surfer-dude sea turtle, and they'll feel empowered by Nemo, who triumphs despite having one fin that's smaller than the other.
Old enough to know that Marlin and Nemo will ultimately be reunited, kids in this age group will enjoy the ride. They'll understand why Nemo needs to prove he's a better swimmer than his dad thinks he is, and hopefully they'll also understand why it's not a good idea to disobey your parents.
Even though they may be too old for this type of animated movie, tweens are the ones who will catch many of the clever lines that their younger siblings might miss, laughing when a frightened squid complains, "You guys made me ink," and when a fish calls a seahorse "pony boy." Older kids will also appreciate the teamwork of a school of fish that shape themselves into a variety of interesting objects.