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4 Movies like Finding Nemo: Little Guys on Big Adventures

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Jane Howarth itcherWater-based challenges with Surf’s Up (2077) and a lost mouse in New York with An American Tail (1986)- these movies about brave animals and their adventures will have you sniffling, cheering and wanting to hug those little guys in no time. ~ Jane Howarth

‘Let’s name the zones, the zones, the zones,
Let’s name the zones of the open sea’Stuck in your head yet?  Great!Now we’re all in the perfect mood to find more movies like Finding Nemo (Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton, 2003).

Movies Similar to Finding Nemo – Let’s Find Them!

When I think about the opening scene, doubt starts setting in – can I sniffle my way past it to Dory and her squishy, Crush and the current?

Somehow this movie blends those scary moments with so much love that it’s an irresistible watch, and so do these animations.

`Shark Tale´ (Vicky Jenson, 2004)

Let’s start with another underwater adventure, this time voiced by Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Renee Zellweger and Jack Black.

These fish are all grown up, so the story’s got a bit of a different angle, but I really cared about this little fish’s journey, and here’s the reason.

Remember when Marlin takes pride in his clown fish identity?

Well, Shark Tale’s Oscar and Lenny need to find theirs, and it’s not easy when you’ve accidentally made a name for yourself as a Shark Slayer.

`101 Dalmatians´ (Clyde Geronimi et al., 1961)

Pongo and Perdita leave their London home on a cross-country search for their kidnapped puppies (courtesy of villain Cruella de Vil – more on that right here).

Yes, the plot shares a few similarities, but more than that, 101 Dalmatians really captures that balance of danger and the never-failing hope that things will turn out ok in the end.

`An American Tail´ (Don Bluth, 1986)

Fievel and his family are separated while immigrating to America, leaving the little mouse to find them in this strange, new land.

Sometimes it’s pretty nailbiting like Nemo, but it shares that ability to throw us between poignancy and hope, from danger to survival.

It pushes its characters to do things they thought were impossible.

`Surf’s Up´ (Ash Brannon, Chris Buck, 2007)

If you’re missing your favourite Clownfish friends, try spending a couple of hours at the beach with these surfing penguins, in a movie from the co-director of Frozen (Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, 2013),

Surf’s Up is one of my favourite feel good animated movies, so you might have seen me talk about it before.  Why will you like it?

The perils of competitive surfing, the underdog story of a newcomer penguin, his idolisation of a lost surfing hero, the unlikely friendships between likeable misfits – in short, it’s everything you could ask for.


What’s to Love about these Films?

Cute films like Finding Nemo somehow manage to put those adorable characters in scary situations, making me wonder why I’m putting myself through the trauma…And then they throw in a scene that’s downright lovable.

Any We Missed?

Are there any movies that break your heart and give you the warm fuzzies all at once?

Well, I know there must be, and we’d love to hear about them. Share your favourites in the comments.

Hi, I’m Jane, BA (Drama, Film and TV) and MA (Cultural and Creative Industries). When I’m not writing about creative things, I’m designing or planning them. If you’re brave enough to risk an avalanche, look behind the stacks of books and DVDs and you’ll find me balancing a cup of tea, a handful of knitting and a cupcake.
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