Finding Nemo

Featuring the voices of: Marlin: Albert Brooks
Dory: Ellen DeGeneres
Nemo: Alexander Gould
Gill: Willem Dafoe
Pelican: Geoffrey Rush
Bloat: Brad Garrett
Bruce: Barry Humphries

Walt Disney presents a Pixar production written and directed by Andrew Stanton. Running time: 101 minutes. Rated G.

Central Theme
The lost can be found when the “finder” is motivated by deep, sacrificial love.

A mother sacrifices her life to protect her son Nemo. As Nemo grows up and seeks independence, his father (Marlin a Clown Fish) becomes overprotective of his overconfident son.

In this wonderful Pixar Productions we see NEMO scooped up in a fisherman’s net and carried off to life in a dentist’s fish bowl in Sydney, miles beyond the barrier reef. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, including Gill who plots the escape of the aquarium-bound captives.

Meanwhile, motivated by love for his son, the overly cautious Marlin is driven to overcome his fears and heads-out in search of Nemo. Along the way he teams up with Dory, a loveable, forgetful and optimistic blue tang. Their trip beyond the reef is filled with danger–great white sharks, a whale, seabirds and other life-threatening situations, but Marlin’s love and Dory’s hopefulness compel them to keep going. They find help along the way from Crush a surfer-dude sea turtle; and Nigel a quirky, yet bold pelican.

Religious themes and references are numerous with Dory functioning as a Good Samaritan, the whale alluding to Jonah and the whole story reminding us of Jesus’ parables about seeking what is lost. The Father’s limitless love is a wonderful reminder of God’s love and the “helper’s along the way” remind us that greater love has no “man” (fish) than to lay down his own life for a friend.

The Computer graphics animation is incredible, the story warm and redemptive, and the characters are funny in a way that appeals to kids and parents alike.

Beliefs num
–Love overcomes obstacles in life.
–When you love someone you’ll got he extra mile for them.
–With cooperation and the help of friends amazing things can be accomplished.
–Trust. It’s what friends do.
–Parents need to let go and children need to listen to their parent’s warnings about life’s dangers.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us abut who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?

Provocative Quotes byline
— You think you can do these things, but you just can’t, Nemo!
==Marlin warns Nemo who does not listen
–I am a nice, friendly shark. Not a fish-eating monster. Fish are our friends, not food.
==shark support group.
–What is it with men and asking for directions?
==Dory begs Marlin to stay.
–Hi there. Sorry if I took a snap at you at one time. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta eat.
–Well, you never really know, but when they know, you know, y’know?
==Crush to Marlin on when “kids are ready” to be on their own.
–You;ve got serious thrill issues dude.
==Crush to Nemo.
–I promised him nothing would happen to him.
==Nemo reports the promise no parent can keep.
–Okay, don’t make any sudden moves. Hop inside my mouth… if you want to live.
–No. No, you can’t. …STOP! Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave…if you leave… I just, I remember things better with you! I do, look! P. Sherman, forty-two…forty-two… I remember it, I do. It’s there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I…and I’m home! Please…I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.
–I look at you and I’m home.
==Dory to Marlin.

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