Cast: Voices of Albert Brooks, Alexander Gould, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
This breathtakingly animated underwater adventure is a swimmingly good yarn that sent many youngsters to the pet store clamoring for clownfish. Nemo swims away from the overprotective fins of his anxious dad, Marlin, and ends up drifting far from home.
What Parents Like: "With fronds like this, who needs anemones?" Marlin makes an unlikely hero, propelled by his love and concern for his son. As he searches for his son, he encounters an extremely forgetful blue tang named Dory, giant sea turtles, pink jellyfish, anglerfish, and recovering sharks in a step program, who repeat the mantra, "Fish are our friends, not food."
What Kids Like: What could be more exciting or terrifying than getting lost in the Great Barrier Reef? For Nemo, it's being caught and displayed in a dentist's office in Sydney, where a grabby girl terrorizes the tank and the denizens talk about getting flushed to freedom.