Big catch

Pixar’s Finding Nemo took in $70 million in its opening weekend, an all-time best for an animated feature. Interesting metric: only 60% of the audience were parents and kids, 20% lower for this genre, an indication of the film’s wide appeal. Most reviews were positive. Here’s a good sample from the New York Times:

In its broadest outlines, “Finding Nemo,” which opens nationwide today, is an upbeat, sentimental fable about a fearful father and a rebellious son who recklessly breaks away. Each has to learn to trust and respect the other, but to arrive at a better understanding both must endure any number of harrowing trials.

The humor bubbling through “Finding Nemo” is so fresh, sure of itself and devoid of the cutesy, saccharine condescension that drips through so many family comedies that you have to wonder what it is about the Pixar technology that inspires the creators to be so endlessly inventive.

The capacity of computer-animation to evoke a three-dimensional sense of detail obviously has something to do with it. But the enterprise still wouldn’t amount to much without the formidable storytelling talents driving it.

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