Pixar is very much like Spielberg, formulating well-constructed entertainment for the mass audiences, and they do such a good job you tend to go into the theater expecting the best. This is a nice, little film that belongs with the lesser Pixar pictures (A Bug's Life, Toy Story) since it veers into redundancy towards the end (it's a big ocean, it's nasty, I understand). Ellen DeGeneres' forgetful fish Dory is a good sidekick for straight-man Albert Brooks, and the family-values and morals don't overwhelm the story (parents: don't be so overprotective you drive your children away, children: life can be scary but there are people to help). Faded to almost trifling proportions less than a few hours after I saw it, which seems somehow appropriate.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Year Released: 2003