FINDING NEMO: Suitable for a 4 year-old?

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FINDING NEMO: Suitable for a 4 year-old?
Wed, 06-18-2003 - 12:44pm
Hi everyone. I've been invited by another daddy to take our 4 year-old boys to FINDING NEMO. I've heard that there is disturbing imagery in the movie, in particular the traumatic death of a parent. I'm no big fan of Disney animated movies but there is little else out there and my 4 year-old does not get to go to the movies very often; he would enjoy the treat but I do not want it to end in tears.

Both boys will be five within three months.

All advice greatly appreciated.

Edited 6/18/2003 1:12:18 PM ET by misterjenny

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 1:48pm
I took both of my dd's Maddie (11/98) and Kay (3/00) to see the movie. I don't remember that there is any blood or gore in the sceen where the mother dies. My girls just thought it was sad. I would say that there is nothing wrong with the movie. Disney is very careful not to put anything bad in their movies. BTW, there is a good story behind the movie that most if not all parents and children can learn from. Take him and enjoy!


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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:10pm
I took my 4 yr. old and then she went again a couple of days later with her cousins. She loved the movie-I don't think there was anything really objectionable in it.
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:58pm
SPOILER INFORMATION INSIDE! When it comes to kids' movies, I want to know what's in them before we see them together, but in case anyone doesn't want to know anything that happens, don't read this post!


I took my DS last week (he'll be 5 next month), he is sensitive to scary images and was okay with the movie. The scene where the mother dies shows her looking scared at a barracuda off in the distance, but looking at her and her eggs. You see the father fish get bumped into their "home" and knocked out by a rush of water. When he wakes up, he's calling for his wife and finds only the Nemo egg is left. That's the whole thing. No gore. Just sad because her death (and all the other eggs) is implied.

The second scary scene is Nemo's dad and Dory meeting up with three sharks who are trying to become non-fish eaters. Dory gets a cut and the big shark sees the blood, loses it and yells "I'm having fish tonight!" and starts chasing them around. They get away, of course, but then have to run away from another fish who wants to eat them (they keep making jokes during this chase so it's not as scary). My DS said he found these "a little bit scary" but not too bad.

In all it was enjoyable, and my DS really liked it. I would go ahead and take him!

~ Limute

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 5:18pm
Thanks everybody. After the mistake we made with LILO AND STICH I was determined not to do it again. I think Nathan and Sammy will have a great time at NEMO and hopefully their daddies will not be too bored either.
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Thu, 06-19-2003 - 7:52pm
Finding Nemo was a great movie. My 4 yr old loved it. She thought it was sad when they lost the mother but she was okay with it. Besides, I see no problem with exposing death to children at an early age. It's a natural process. So many adults don't know how to handle death (maybe because they were never taught how to deal with it). Other than that, it's such a touching movie. We both loved it (although my boyfriend fell asleep in the middle of it).

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Thu, 06-19-2003 - 11:08pm
A little late here! I took my ds's when it firts came out. They are 5 & almost 4. Nothing scared them. The "death" scene of the mom was not graphic or scary. My kids were fine during the entire movie. I know I enjoyed it more than they did!


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Fri, 06-20-2003 - 12:29pm
Also coming in late here--sorry if you've already gone! I agree that the movie is really good and the message is great. However, we took our son, age 5.5, and he did find parts of it scary. In addition to the tweve-stepping sharks, there's a pilot fish attack, and two main characters are swallowed by a whale. Although we had assured him that it was all going to turn out OK, Carl was definitely scared.

This was the first movie he had seen in a real theater--he saw "Lion King" at an OmniDome, which for some reason he finds less threatening. At home, he sticks to Nat'l Geo Kids and Zooboomafoo videos, so the whole Disney approach is sort of novel to him.

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Sat, 06-21-2003 - 10:53am
I loved it. I thought it was made with tact, and for children. I haven't said that about a Disney movie in a long time, too. Go and enjoy it! =)


Janet =)

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