Finding Nemo 2004 Oscar for Best Animated Feature

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios.  It won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Finding Nemo is a family film which surprises us with its heartwarming story, with its characters but also with the location where the story is placed, the ocean. The characters are sea creatures based on real animals that live in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, Australia. In Finding Nemo, sea creatures are personified, being endowed with emotions such as fear, hope, happiness, sadness.

The ocean is not safe

 The depths of the ocean, among the multicolored anemones of the Great Barrier Reef is Marlin’s house. Marlin is an Australian clownfish, a bright orange fish. He takes care of his son Nemo. The rest of Marlin family, his wife and the other children, were devoured by a predatory fish. That’s why Marlin wants to protect his son from any danger. “MARLIN: Now, what’s the one thing we have to remember about the ocean? NEMO: It’s not safe.”

Finding Nemo 2004 Oscar for Best Animated Feature
Marlin – An Australian clownfish
But Nemo has to go to the school of the underwater world. On the first day of school, Nemo is captured by a diver. “MARLIN: Well, you see my son was taken. My son was taken away from me”.
Marlin goes on a journey to save his son. Many of the animals find out about his trouble and help him. Together with Marlin we learn in Finding Nemo the importance of friendship, courage or trust.


Dory is a blue-tang fish who suffers from short-term memory loss. Dory joins Marlin on his journey and helps him rescue Nemo. Dory is optimistic and constantly encourages Marlin to keep going.

Finding Nemo
Dory – A blue-tang fish

“When life gets you down, you know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

Mr. Ray is a blue and white spotted eagle ray. He is the teacher of Nemo’s class.  He believes in the practical lessons. He encourages his students to be explorers taking them for a ride to the zones of the open sea.

Finding Nemo
Mr. Ray – An eagle ray

Crush is a green sea turtle. He helps Marlin and Dory get to Sydney to rescue Nemo. After transporting Marlin and Dory on his shell to their destination. Crush tells Marlin how old he is: “150, dude, and still young!

Finding Nemo
Crush – A green sea turtle

Bruce is a great white shark. He with other sharks hold meetings to help them on their fish free diet.

Finding Nemo
Bruce – A great white shark

“I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself.

Fish are friends, not food”.

If at first Bruce and others sharks pretend to be vegetarians and fish friends then they end up attacking Marlin and Dory to eat them. They turn out to be fake friends.


Marlin is one of the best characters in the movie who shows courage. He has the courage to swim over the Great Barrier Reef to save his son. He met sharks, a whale and seagulls, but did not give up his mission to recover his son.


Another theme covered in Finding Nemo is trust. Marlin learns to trust his son. He understands that a life lived in fear, trying to avoid challenges will not protect him and his son from danger. Without trust, he condemns Nemo to an unhappy life. You can’t let nothing happen to him, because then nothing will happen to him.”
When you no longer have the strength to achieve your goals, when you want to give up, it is a good idea to remember Dory’ words:

“Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming”.


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