Finding Nemo has been re-released in theaters in 3D. There’s a reason it’s one of the highest grossing animated films of all time; it’s a really touching film. It’s a story of not only love for father and son, but of friendship. It’s poignant even as it’s represented among fish.
Marlin loses his love, his babies, and is broken. The only thing Marlin feels he has is his son, Nemo. Nemo is Marlin’s entire world. He finds it hard to let go, and build his own life. The analysis of the parent child relationship is much less interesting than the analysis of the friendship that develops between Marlin and Dory. It all starts with a simple request of directions from Marlin to Dory. Marlin says, “But it doesn’t matter, because no one in this entire ocean is going to help me.” Dory replies, “Well, I’m helping you.”
At first, her short term memory issues seem hopeless. While it’s funny when we hear the voice of Ellen DeGeneres say that she doesn’t remember where her family is, the truth behind the statement is that it’s sad. Often our friends are the people who come into our lives when it feels the whole world has gone out. The person who is there for us when our “ocean” seems void of support is one who truly cares.
Marlin’s determination and dedication to find his son is matched by Dory’s determination and dedication to help Marlin. Of all the “fish in the sea” they’re stuck with each other, mainly because they stick by each other. At the end of the movie, when Marlin wants to give up and leave Dory, she pleads with him, saying, “Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before… 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.”
It is in that moment that we truly realize that Dory needed Marlin as much as Marlin needed her support. While Marlin’s mission brought them together, Dory finds herself through their meeting. We all have that one “fish in our sea” that our life would be completely different without. Short term memory is no match for a friend who has helped us to persevere (just keep swimming) when times got tough and helped bring out the best in us.