There arent too many sure things when it comes to movies, but Disneys Pixar Studios is one of them.The creative minds behind Toy Story, A Bugs Life and Monsters Inc. are back with Finding Nemo.Like its predecessors, Nemo is an imaginative, animated feature that has the ability to fascinate children and adults. There is plenty to see that will delight children and interest parents, as well. Compared to other Pixar films, this may not be as good as the Toy Story franchise, but its awfully close.Finding Nemo tells the tale of a clown fish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). Marlin has been overprotective of his son since he lost his mother and the rest of his siblings when he was very young.Marlins attempt to shelter Nemo backfires when the young fish is taken from the coral reef and put in an aquarium of an Australian dentist.Marlin sets out to find his son, and along the way meets plenty of interesting characters including Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a fish with short-term memory loss.The joy of Pixar films is the ability to create a visually fascinating new world from some of the simplest of concepts. Finding Nemo continues the trend with a spectacular view of its underwater world, as well as the more contained world of the office aquarium. Brooks and DeGeneres work well together and create two funny characters. Brooks neurotic banter is much better here than in the dead-on-arrival The In-Laws, also in theaters, and this may be DeGeneres best work in film to date.Andrew Stanton, who wrote Pixars other films, delivers another solid story that is smart and funny.There is a clever running joke where everyone Marlin meets wants the clown fish to tell them a joke. DeGeneres generates some good laughs with Dory and her inability to remember things for more than 10 seconds.I enjoyed how the film was able to deliver lessons about family and friendship without being preachy and I liked the fact that there were laughs inserted for the grown ups in the audience.The film does have a few scary moments, especially early when Marlin loses his wife and most of his family, so parents with young children should be warned. But once you get past the first few minutes, its smooth sailing with a film everyone can enjoy. Sportswriter/movie reviewer Micheal Compton is currently in negotiations with Pixar on the animated version of his life story, tentatively titled Couch Potato: SportsCenter, Saturday Matinees and Such. If youd like to be considered as one of the movies voices, or just want to comment on Micheals reviews, e-mail him at mcompton@bgdailynews.com.

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