Have you all seen it?
Do you see Christ in the film the way I did?
I just saw the film yesterday evening. My parents sent the DVD for my 1-year-old daughter Anna.
I realize that Disney/Pixar probably intended no Christian message in Finding Nemo
, but I saw one there anyway. To me it was strong.
Okay . . . maybe I'm goofy.
After muttering under his breath to his father, "I hate you," Nemo swims off into the deep water against his dad's command. He is netted by a scuba diver, a dentist, who takes him to his office and places him in his saltwater aquarium.
Nemo's father begins a frantic search for his lost son.
At one point he is even, like Jonah, swallowed by a whale.
A pelican flies to the window of the dentist's office and brings Nemo (and the other captive fish) the news that Nemo's dad is searching for him, braving sharks and all sorts of other dangers.
Ultimately, encouraged by this good news, Nemo escapes from the tank and into Sydney harbor, not far beyond the dentist's window. He is reunited with his father.
I don't want to tell the whole story (I've told too much already), but I think there is some more Christian imagery near the end.
It is interesting that the pelican is an old Christian symbol of Christ's sacrificial death. See the following link for the pelican symbol: http://clawww.lmu.edu/faculty/fjust/Koch-ChristianSymbols.htm
What do you all think?
At any rate, I think it would be a great tool for teaching kids about the love of God in Christ.
Here's the pelican symbol: