Happy 14th Anniversary, Finding Nemo!
May 30th, 2003 Finding Nemo
Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen Degeneres
Finding Nemo is the 5th Pixar feature film after Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), and Monsters Inc. (2001). It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2004, a newer category that had only been around since 2001 when the growing popularity of animated films finally was given a space to compete in during awards season. I proudly celebrate it’s Filmiversary each year.
This is a classic story of a father & son clownfish, and the central theme is overcoming disabilities. Specifically, living with an under-developed fin and the loneliness and confusion of short-term memory loss. Finding Nemo expertly illustrates the lessons of independence and ingenuity adopted by a juvenile clownfish accidentally out on his own for the first time. It is a coming of age story for Marlin, Dory and Nemo and it gives me the ‘feels every time I view it.
Why do I love it?
The story is filled with laughter and warmth, the action is non-stop and fast-paced and the animation is gorgeous! I never tire of looking at the reef neighborhood where Nemo was raised, the neon details of the fish tank or the slowly emerging whale that Dory ‘speaks’ with when looking for directions. Those turtles in the EAC (East Australian Current) visualized as an endless rollercoaster is thrilling and joyfully contagious. That pelican flight with Dory and Nemo in his beak as he soars over the harbor feels like a first-person experience as you zoom along with them.
Let me guide you through the surging tide of my favorite lines:
That’s a pretty big butt.
Fish are friends, not food.
The Sea Monkey has my money.
Yes, I’m a natural Blue.
I will call you squishy.
Eat my bubbles!
It’ll be a piece of kelp!
Jelly man, Offspring. Offspring, Jelly man.
Curse you, Aqua Scum!
Chico? Fabio? Bingo? Harpo? Elmo?
Mine, mine, mine!
I look at you, and I’m home.
And the one I live my life by:
Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming.
This movie gives me all the feels. My husband and I have been watching Finding Nemo over and over since we started dating and we still laugh, cry and smile through every minute of it.
What do we do? Just keep swimming!