This is no Finding Nemo.
Sea Level (SeeFood (2011)) is a mildly entertaining animated film with intent on being ecocentric feature. Not to be confused with Finding Nemo. Even though Sea Level equipped with passively adorable 3D undersea and land creatures, the poor story and character development renders the entire film nearly not watchable. The film centers around a Pup, a bamboo shark pups, discovers egg sacs within his reef while he was playing with his other “fish” friends. Human poachers shows up out of nowhere and steals the eggs. The adventure begins when Pup decides to rescue the stolen sacs. Sounds interesting enough, however, the main problem with this animated film are inconsistencies in the story. Characters are introduced are not explained, and plot buildups that are immediately dropped. Let’s just chalk this film up to nothing more than a B-rated animated action film that is haphazardly strung together so much so that it is a comedy.
What is the setting for Sea Level? The characters themselves, although their animation renders are of good quality, aren’t very dynamic and are easily forgettable. Murray and Spin the Stingray (Jay Sheldon) had some sort of an undisclosed agreement that wasn’t explained, but it appeared as if it wasn’t good for the rest of the inhabitants in the sea. Another thing that went unexplained was how on earth Pup was able to breathe on land. As an eco film, there were only random cuts to a factory that dumps waste–without intervention–but the crabs enjoyed. Hence, the environmental message was nil.
The voice acting and dialogue aren’t exactly what you would consider appropriate for a children’s film. The film overall features some rather dark content–freshly harvested shark fins dripping blood (film is rated PG). A character named Fatman (Chi-Ren Choong) is verbally abusive to his two sons, and even hinted at him being physically abusive.
Sea Level is a confusing animated feature. Finding Nemo is the much better choice.
Sea Level DVD Special Features include:
- Behind the Scenes
- Sculpture Design
- Concept Art
- Trailer Gallery
- Widescreen Presentation
- English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
- Optional English and Spanish Subtitles
Source Silver Ant