List: Movies About Fish (and Other Marine Creatures)

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

This week’s release of “Finding Dory” is a good reason to revisit some great movies about fish — and other creatures who live under water, starting with the movie where we first met Dory.

1. Finding Nemo is my favorite Pixar film, an epic journey filled with adventure and discovery encompassing the grandest sweep of ocean vastness and the smallest longing of the heart. It is gorgeous to look at, funny, touching, warm-hearted and inspiring, and it has unforgettable characters like Crush and Nigel.

2. The Incredible Mr. Limpet Don Knotts (Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show”) plays a shy, fish-loving bookkeeper who magically turns into a fish and helps the US military by reporting on enemy ship movements.

3. Dolphin Tale Real life rescue dolphin Winter is saved by the creation of a prosthetic tail and her friendship with a lonely boy. The original and the sequel are great family films.

4. Flipper The 60’s TV series inspired a movie starring “Crocodile Dundee’s” Paul Hogan.

5. Free Willy A foster kids befriends a whale in this heartwarming drama.

6. Pinocchio Disney’s most gorgeously animated film from the hand-drawn era features a whale named Monstro who swallows the little puppet and his conscience, Jiminy Cricket.

7. Ponyo The brilliant animator Hayao Miyazaki was inspired by “The Little Mermaid” fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen to create this story of a little fish girl who wants adventure and her concerned sea king father.

8. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie The aquatic denizens of Bikini Bottom come to the big screen in this movie version of the popular television series.

9. The Little Mermaid This Disney classic has a romantic story, great songs, an unforgettable villain, and the title character’s BFFs, including a crab and a fish.

10. Jaws. Nothing more needs to be said.

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