This is a wonderful children’s movie that emphasizes the values of family. It reinforces the fact that people are never apart in spirit although they may be physically separated.
is a plucky, happy-go-lucky fish and the music reflects that character. Music says a lot about the personality of a character. This music is free-flowing, happy, and joyful in tone. Basically, Nemo’s life is good and this music reflects the joy and wonder he has in his life. This clip reveals what Nemo’s family life is like, and is a little curio which showcases how good life is before he gets lost. At this point the story is still in the stage of exposition—there is some narrative hook that is going to grab the audience, but not quite yet. The music is light and happy.
creates a joyful and carefree atmosphere. This music is supposed to characterize Nemo’s life as a young fish—he does not have any worries, and his life is relatively unfettered by problems of the world out in the big sea, as he mainly sticks close to home. However, the music does foreshadow, at least a bit in all its utter happiness, that perhaps this music is a backdrop for the more serious material that is going to be coming in the future. Basically this “happy” music is a lead-in to a more tranquil side of music which will match the tone of the movie when Nemo gets lost. In that sense, this music can sound very superficial and has almost a dreamlike quality to it.
gets lost. As Marlin (one of the characters) says, “No! I didnt come this far to be breakfast!”1 So is the struggle that Nemo will find once he leaves the ambience of the happy music. Music has the ability to give a certain quality to situations on-screen that otherwise would not have been as clearly delineated. In Finding Nemo, the composers do an excellent job of conveying feelings through the music.
make the audience aware of the happy life Nemo had before getting lost—but it also conveys a