Series: Disability in Children’s Animation
Spoiler Warnings: Finding Nemo
Trigger Warnings: Memory loss
In 2003, a Disney Pixar came out with a movie called Finding Nemo. It did pretty well, grossing something like 380 million in the US alone, with an estimated budget of 94 million (according to IMDB). It even got a re-release a couple years ago in 3D.
Now, I was 8 years old in 2003, just about the perfect age to enjoy a movie like this. I did not see the movie, however, and in fact wouldn’t see it for just over a decade. But I did hear about it, and by the time I finally watched it a few months ago, it had seeped through my cultural consciousness enough that I had a rough idea of most of the main characters, and even a couple of fun side characters.
Finding Nemo holds a lot of nostalgic value for my friends, and it holds some for me sort of by association, but mostly when I viewed it for the first time I was viewing it as a grown woman would. And I loved it. I also could tell that I would have loved it as a kid, and again, it’s something I would want child-me (or any children I have in the future) to see.
It’s a good, enjoyable movie. It’s funny, the animation is solid, and it has Ellen DeGeneres.
It also has some very good disability representation, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.