Films featuring water

As well as being an essential part of life on dry land, water is integral to life in the oceans. Billions of creatures live throughout the world’s seas, varying in size from enormous whales to tiny plankton. If you don’t know that much about life under the waves, watching movies set in the water is a great way to learn more. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started.

Free Willy (1993)

Set on the west coast of the US, Free Willy follows the story of an orca whale that’s captured from the wild and sold to an amusement park. A few years later, the Orca, now named Willy, is befriended by a 12-year old boy named Jesse. Jesse and Willy have a close bond and eventually Jesse hatches a plan with some of his friends to release Willy back into the wild. The film’s most famous scene sees the orca jumping the sea wall and rejoining his family in the ocean.

Finding Nemo (2003)

One of the most popular water-based films of all time, Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature. The film stars Nemo, a clownfish who’s captured by scuba divers when he’s out exploring a coral reef. Nemo’s father then sets out in search of his son and is aided by a forgetful but friendly regal blue tang called Dory. After a number of adventures, Nemo’s father and Dory eventually find Nemo and together they manage to get back to safety.

Finding Dory (2016)

Featuring Dory of Finding Nemo fame, Finding Dory is the story of Dory’s search for her real family. During her quest she becomes tangled in plastic rubbish and is rescued by workers from a nearby sea life centre. Just like Finding Nemo, the story involves a lot of adventures and we meet a number of other marine creatures along the way. At the end of the movie, Dory manages to reunite with her parents as well as Nemo and his father Marlin.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

This classic Disney animated film is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. The plot of the film revolves around a mermaid called Ariel and her curiosity with the human world. During the movie Ariel falls in love with a human called Eric. She makes a deal with a sea witch called Ursula who agrees to transform Ariel into a human for three days in exchange for the mermaid’s famous singing voice. If Ariel receives a kiss of true love from Eric within the three days, she’ll be transformed into a human forever.

If you have an hour or two free this weekend, why not pop some popcorn, put your feet up and enjoy one of these cinema classics?

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