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Finding Nemo
(2003)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(May 20th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek Thomas Newman's successful introduction to the animation genre, arguably one of his most dynamic, diverse, and pleasantly accessible scores.

Avoid it... if your love of Newman's music related to the strictly dark and dissonant aspects of his bittersweet compositions for more serious topics.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #39
WRITTEN 5/25/03, REVISED 3/11/09
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Finding Nemo: (Thomas Newman) The Disney/Pixar collaboration steamed ahead with an adventure above, below, and beyond the sea in 2003, utilizing continuously improving digital rendering technologies to produce non-musical animation films of superior quality. The premise of Finding Nemo involves the relationship between a father and son tropical fish that get separated when the son is captured and placed in a dentist's office aquarium. The ensuing search and rescue organized by the father fish is a mass effort by swimming and flying creatures of all sizes and personalities. While the film certainly features the appropriate amount of comedy and silliness to keep a young child entertained, Finding Nemo follows a trend clearly defined by Lilo & Stitch, often telling a children's tale from an adult's point of view, with hazardous relational situations and emotional soul-searching putting stress on a disjointed family. This trait in Finding Nemo caused the project to skirt the boundary of the drama realm for many viewers, earning it greater attention during the following awards season. In these regards, composer Randy Newman may not have been as effective as his cousin, Thomas Newman, in finding the right tone for Finding Nemo's score. Randy Newman had been the staple of Disney and Pixar cooperative ventures up to this point; his music for the Toy Story films, A Bug's Life, and Monsters, Inc. set an easily distinguishable, positive tone for that series of stories, culminating in a long-awaited Academy Award for Monsters, Inc.. With the subject matter in Finding Nemo coming from that different perspective, director Andrew Stanton insisted that the more seriously-inclined cousin, Thomas, write the score for the film. Newman was best known for his darkly dramatic efforts for The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Player, and Road to Perdition, and when it came time for him to enter the realm of animation, he was wildcard, especially considering the fact that many of his scores of the decade were underachieving, ambient works. Stanton, a writer and regular voice on the previous Pixar films, claims that he wrote the story for Finding Nemo while listening to previous Thomas Newman scores, and thus was inspired to use the composer in a surprise choice for the assignment.



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11,876 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.93 Stars
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AlRo - February 15, 2008, at 7:33 a.m.
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Newest: May 22, 2016, at 8:58 a.m. by
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exciting soundtrack
S.Venkatnarayanan - January 8, 2005, at 1:55 a.m.
1 comment  (4194 views)
Alternate review of Finding Nemo at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - September 7, 2004, at 5:23 p.m.
1 comment  (2074 views)
Addicted
Eve - August 27, 2004, at 10:09 p.m.
1 comment  (1888 views)
soundtrack???
Victor - June 2, 2004, at 4:06 p.m.
1 comment  (2188 views)
top 5 of 2003
JS Park - April 13, 2004, at 8:35 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 60:21
• 1. Wow (2:31)
• 2. Barracuda (1:29)
• 3. Nemo Egg (Main Title) (1:16)
• 4. First Day (1:15)
• 5. Field Trip (0:57)
• 6. Mr. Ray, Scientist (1:28)
• 7. The Divers (1:56)
• 8. Lost (1:03)
• 9. Short-Term Dory (0:43)
• 10. Why Trust a Shark? (1:17)
• 11. Friends Not Food (1:51)
• 12. Fish-O-Rama (0:29)
• 13. Gill (1:40)
• 14. Mt. Wannahockaloogie (1:20)
• 15. Foolproof (0:32)
• 16. Squishy (1:32)
• 17. Jellyfish Forest (1:32)
• 18. Stay Awake (1:47)
• 19. School of Fish (1:03)
• 20. Filter Attempt (2:05)
• 21. The Turtle Lope (2:04)
• 22. Curl Away my Son (1:28)
• 23. News Travels (1:13)
• 24. The Little Clownfish from the Reef (1:15)
• 25. Darla Filth Offramp (2:22)
• 26. Lost in Fog (1:05)
• 27. Scum Angel (1:22)
• 28. Haiku (1:41)
• 29. Time to Let Go (2:22)
• 30. Sydney Harbour (0:28)
• 31. Pelicans (1:12)
• 32. Drill (0:50)
• 33. Fish in My Hair! (1:29)
• 34. All Drains Lead to the Ocean (1:36)
• 35. ...P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney... (0:39)
• 36. Fishing Grounds (1:41)
• 37. Swim Down (1:46)
• 38. Finding Nemo (1:19)
• 39. Fronds Like These (1:57)
• 40. Beyond the Sea - performed by Robbie Williams (4:26)

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The insert includes a note from writer/director Andrew Stanton about his confidence in Thomas Newman, as well as a plethora of advertisements for other products relating to the film.
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