“…when Nemo gets stuck in the tank’s filter pipe, citing his bad fin as a reason he can’t escape, Gill reveals his own disability. (…) There’s something majestic about the way he flaunts it, like it’s nothing to be ashamed of. For the first time in his life, someone tells Nemo he can.”
‘Finding Nemo: Loss and Disability’ by Siddhant Adlakha (from the Pixar Commemorative Issue of Birth.Movies.Death.)
Okay, but I love Dory’s parents. They don’t try to fix their daughter, but help her navigate her environment, making her as safe as possible, while still letting her enjoy her life. They told her she was enough, told her to stop apologizing, that there is more than one right way to do things. They have faith in their daughter, even if she’s different. I think lesser kid movies would play them of as more jokey, as more of an obstacle, but I’m really glad they didn’t.
This is a really important movie for parents, especially for the parents of neurodivergent kids, like damn Pixar
To create Piper, Barillaro and his entire team entered the Sanderlings’ world. They spent weekends on beaches all over the Bay Area, meeting at 5 a.m. on a dusty road under a bridge in search of the birds. “Half of us were chasing around different beaches and calling each other on cell phones until we found a flock we could get close to,” Barillaro says. “It became this treasure hunt.”
The more he watched the Sanderlings, the more Barillaro recognized something elementally human about the little birds: their awkwardness. Studying a frame-by-frame video taken of a Sanderling chick falling on its back, all Barillaro saw was an awkward kid picking herself up off the playground. This natural behavior lent itself easily to Piper’s story of courage, both as a child and a parent. (x)