Finding Nemo..have you seen?
Okay I recently just watched this for the first time because they have been playing repetitively on tv ....you know for Christmas..(I don't know how it makes sense..anyway) I just wanted to see what the big deal was all about. I was just wondering if any of you have seen and and got a PETA kind of vibe from it. There are definate undertones where they kind of brainwash kids to think keeping fish in a tank is BAD. I know keeping fish in a tank is not natural but they are really trying to get a point across in that movie.
Am I the only one who noticed this or what?
Hmmmm... I've only seen it once a few years back but now you've got me wanting to watch it again to see what's what.
Are you referring to the fish in the aquarium at the dentist's office, Danielle? Or the issue of Nemo being taken from the ocean by divers in the first place?
With respect to the aquarium at the dentist's office, I may not be remembering it right, but I thought the idea was that the dentist's daughter made life miserable for the aquarium occupants, and not simply the fact that they were living in an aquarium.
As for Nemo being taken from the ocean in the first place, fortunately the folks at ORA and elsewhere are breeding more and more species of fish in captivity so that they don't have to be taken from the ocean.
I may just be rationalizing, but sometimes I wonder if taking fish and reef creatures from the ocean in moderation for the sake of the aquarium trade might be a good thing for fish and reef creatures. I would hope that as a result of aquarium enthusiasts having access to and being able to appreciate these creatures, there are many more people aware of the importance of and interested in preserving their natural habitats than there otherwise would be, and hopefully a greater chance that they will be preserved as a result.
Anyhow, that was a great movie... but I still hate being at the LFS and hearing a small child crying, "but I want Nemo!!!" :-P
As far as the good of enthusiasts keeping fish there is a huge down sideof the enthusiasts that want to give up the hobby or the fish and just dump it in any body of water...that may have an adverse affect that may outweigh the good. It's a slippery slope.
Oh tell me about it...it really annoys me when I hear the kids saying they want a NEMO FISH....I also hear the parents say "Hey look a NEMO fish" showing their kid. Can you tell them he's a d@$n clown fish ..please..teach him something today..:lol:
Just to point out that the dentist's saltwater tank was poorly stocked. Aggressive fish mixed with peaceful fish, not enough room for the tang or puffer, gravel, fake plants? C'mon! Clownfish should be in pairs, that damselfish should have more of it's kind, etc.
I thought it was pretty friendly, though.:-)
I loved that movie :) But I know what you mean. It did have a little bit of that kinda vibe... When this movie came out I was working at Petsmart and EVERY DAY we got people coming in asking for the "Nemo fish". Firstly Petsmart doesn't sell any salt water fish, secondly even if we did no way am I going to sell someone a fish they dont even know the name of.... Seriously! One lady asked me if she could keep a "Nemo fish" in a half gallon betta bowl! A BOWL! And she gave me a blank stare the whole time I was trying to explain to her why that wasn't even remotely possible. I got SO tired of people asking for "Nemo fish"! It says clown fish like a hundred times in the movie! How do you not even know what they are called?!
::cough:: But getting back on topic... The movie did cause hundreds of kids to flush their pet fish to "get them back to the ocean". I heard a lot of these stories working at Petsmart. Kids would just flush all their fish and the parents would come in to buy more and tell us what happened like it was a big joke. I woudl have been pissed! At least those were just kids who saw a movie and didnt know any better...I have SO many horror stories about what people do when they decide to buy fish on a whim without knowing anything about how to take care of them. I have refused to sell fish to people more than once.
So many stories...Maybe if you ask nice I'll tell you some of the good ones ;-)
Well I can't even stand the betta bowls! Bowls? They are practically shot glasses where I live. I know they live in small pockets of muddy water for weeks on end in the wild but come on!!! Really!!! And yes I agree, I felt that the movie does send a message that fish keeping is bad. (I really don't like anything smaller than a 35G.) and am very very fortunate to have a 70G right now. (only cause my 55G leaked all over the livingroom floor and they no longer supply that size in my area) So I just had to go bigger! lol
Funny we were just talking about that movie tonight at dinner, and I wanted to watch it tonight!! Too funny!
i htink it does teach a respect for the ocean however. Maybe if children see fish as living creatures with feelings then they will be less prone to throw bottles and dump oil in it huh?
At least "Finding Nemo" wasn't as bad as "101 Dalmations" as far as "fall out". That movie caused a run of people wanting Dalmations and getting them, only to find out that Dalmations can be a handful and many ended up in shelters. :-( I hope the new movie "Rio" doesn't cause people to go out and buy parrots. I live with one and they can be true royal pains in the you-know-what and they live way too long for a sane person to deal with!!
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