This aquatic joyride from Pixar Animation Studios follows the adventures of a young clownfish who swims beyond his coral-reef colony and gets captured by divers; trapped in an aquarium inside a dentist's office in Sydney, he and his tank mates plot their escape, while his cowardly father (the voice of Albert Brooks) tries to find him with the help of a neurotic and forgetful regal blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres in her best role to date). Edifying info about the ocean and its creatures mingles with clever gags (the sharks, worried about their image problem, struggle mightily to be nice to other fish), but at the heart of the film lies a father-son relationship that begins in tantrums and trauma but blossoms after both characters have overcome their fears and obstacles. Andrew Stanton (who worked on Monsters, Inc. and A Bug's Life) directed. 101 min.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Producer: Lee Unkrich, Graham Walters, John Lasseter and Jinko Gotoh
Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Elizabeth Perkins, Nicholas Bird, Bob Peterson, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Bruce Spence, Bill Hunter, LuLu Ebeling, Jordy Ranft, Erica Beck, Erik Sullivan and John Ratzenberger