Co-written and directed by Oscar nominee Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo, taking place in the colorful and warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, tells the story of Marlin, a neurotic clownfish who finds himself separated from this mate and most of their spawn after an intense shark attack. But, when one egg survives, which he names Nemo, he vows to fulfill its mother’s last request and protect the little one for the rest of his days. Several years later, we see Marlin as a loving, but smothering, over-protective father whose deathly afraid to allow young Nemo to venture beyond their safe and secluded cul-de-sac. Because Marlin is fearful of the ocean and its unpredictability, he finds it difficult to protect his son, who, like all young fish, are most eager to explore the mysterious reef. However, when Nemo is taken from his home and put into a dentist’s aquarium while waiting to be taken to his owner, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero who must rescue his son.
During his quest, Marlin is accompanied by a good Samaritan, a Regal blue tang fish named Dory. Dory has the worst short-term memory, but the biggest heart in the entire ocean. As the two continue their journey, they encounter countless dangers. It’s up to Dory to let her optimism keep Marlin courageous enough to overcome his fears and continue taking risks. This also helps Marlin trust and believe that all things will work out for the best in the end.
After confronting sewer systems, seabirds and man, it is father and son who triumph against all odds. And, Marlin, who was once fearful, becomes a true hero before the eyes of his son and the entire ocean.
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