‘Finding Nemo’ isn’t simply an adventure film. What guides it, more than the beautiful animation that details its protagonists’ journey, is the cause behind it, and the deeper undertones that strengthen character motives to an even further extent. The film is about relationships, the need to preserve them, and the pain of loss, all of which is captured and communicated with ample doses of tension, drama, and hilarity, as we follow characters, who are fish with human thoughts and feelings, done in an attempt to make its story and message universal in nature.
‘Finding Nemo’ is more than a children’s film because its values run deep into mature topics. The essence driving the lead clownfish’s determination to find his son is something that can affect adult audiences more than it can the minds of younger viewers. To find films similar to ‘Finding Nemo’ isn’t easy, because while there are plenty of movies that handle the topic of a lost child and the subsequent search to find them, few carry this out with the pleasantness that the Disney-Pixar comedy-drama does. Here, I’ll be focussing on those films similar to ‘Finding Nemo’ when it comes to their plot, style, locations, and concluding messages. You can watch several of these movies like Finding Nemo on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Shark Tale (2004)
I’ve probably seen this film, that has become something of a meme now in several film circles, more times than I have ‘Finding Nemo’, and I don’t have much to say in my defense. It isn’t a very well made picture, and I realize that now, though the younger version of me did admittedly go nuts for it from the minute he got out of his first viewing in the theatre. It’s a fine film for children, with dumbed down character arcs, a somewhat enjoyable story about the bigger fish who aren’t really as menacing as they seem, and it has a family dynamic to it that you can relate to, though not fully appreciate because of the lack of good writing.
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9. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)