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'Finding Nemo' is a real catch for kids and adults

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November 06, 2003|Susan King

Finding Nemo

Animated

Disney, $30

The latest CGI-animated family film from Pixar not only is this year's box-office champion, it has surpassed "The Lion King" as the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. "Nemo" is a nearly flawless film for kids of all ages about a nervous clown fish called Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) who teams with a forgetful blue tang fish named Dory (a scene-stealing Ellen DeGeneres) to help find his son, Nemo, who was captured off the waters of Australia by a scuba diver.

The two-disc DVD set ($30) follows the pattern of most of Disney's big animated releases: One disc features the wide-screen edition of the film, commentary and a documentary for adults; the second disc is for the kids. The first DVD includes a decent "Making Nemo" documentary -- the animators actually took deep-sea diving lessons and swam off the coast of Australia for research -- a mini-documentary, "The Art of Nemo," virtual aquariums and fact-filled visual commentary. On the second disc, there's an "Exploring the Reef" short with Jean-Michel Cousteau and several "Nemo" stars, an early Pixar short, a "Fisharades" game, a light-hearted encyclopedic look at the fish, a tour of Pixar hosted by the voice of Nemo, Alexander Gold, and the full-screen version of the film.

*

Legally Blonde 2 -- Red, White

& Blonde

Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field

MGM ($28)

Perhaps Witherspoon's pregnancy prevented her from doing the commentary for this fluffy sequel to her 2001 hit comedy about a perky young woman named Elle Woods who proves blonds aren't so dumb after all. Director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld is also missing in action. All we're left with are actresses Jessica Cauffiel, Alanna Ubach and Jennifer Coolidge, who play Elle's dippy but sweet friends. Though the trio is a hoot in the movie, they are a snooze on the DVD. The only real insight they offer is that Moonie, the Chihuahua who plays Elle's beloved pet, Bruiser, has bad breath.

-- Susan King

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