Big Fish, Big Pond: 5 Popular Fish Movies

Animals such as cats, dogs and sharks have all (rightfully) earned their place in Hollywood history, with popular releases such as Beethoven, Homeward Bound and The Aristocats. So why should fish be any different? As everyone’s favourite provider of fresh fish and fresh seafood in Malta, the team at Azzopardi Fisheries lists a few beloved fish movies below.


1. Finding Nemo (2003)

We couldn’t possibly begin this list of fish movies without mentioning one of the most popular family films of all time. The tale of the timid yet lovable Marlin and his search for his missing son, Nemo, forever changed the way audiences around the world saw clownfish! However, the real break-out character was undeniably the scatterbrained regal blue tang fish, Dory, voiced by the inimitable Ellen DeGeneres.


2. Ponyo (2008)

Another animated masterpiece, Ponyo was written and directed by the much-revered Hayao Miyazaki of the famous Studio Ghibli studios. The title of the movie refers to the name of the main character, a goldfish, who befriends a five year old human boy called Sosuke. This relationship drives the main plot of the story, which is Ponyo’s desire to become a human girl. The film was a commercial and critical success worldwide, winning the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.


3. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Only John Cleese could make a pet goldfish called Wanda the centrepiece of a heist comedy movie. Cleese wrote and starred in this British classic, which also features among its main cast Jamie Lee Curtis, fellow Python member Michael Palin and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline. It went on to receive very high praise, with reviews describing the film as “a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.”


4. Shark Tale (2004)

Despite the title, the film’s main character is actually a bluestreak cleaner wrasse fish named Oscar, voiced by Will Smith. An animated, underwater version of The-Sopranos-meets-Goodfellas-meets-The-Godfather, the supporting cast features film and TV stars such as Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Michael Imperioli. The plot revolves around Oscar’s false claim of having killed the son of a shark mob boss, and the repercussions that follow.


5. IMAX: Deep Sea 3D (2006)

Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, this 40 minute documentary short is a fascinating look at various sea life in the ocean, and examines the complexity of the delicate ecosystem underwater. Viewers are treated to unique, breathtaking scenes which feature species of jellyfish, manta rays, squids and fish.


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