Blog Post #1: Exaggeration in Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is a Pixar film that features fishes as the main characters which is significant departure from having humans as main characters. Because the characters were fishes, animators were faced with the task of animating the characters so the human emotions could be read by the audience. The obvious anatomical difference between humans and fished made the emotions of the characters an interesting challenge.
The animators overcame these issues by using the fins of the fishes as arms, and exaggerating the facial expressions in order for the emotions to come through. Arm movement is a large part of human communication. People use their arms to accent the meaning of their words, every swoop and arm placement has specific meanings and allows others to read their message clearly. The animators for Finding Nemo used this to their advantage. The characters in the film use their arms as humans do, grabbing other characters, pointing, and exaggerating their own emotions.
The facial expressions in Finding Nemo are the main source or visual representations of the emotions of the characters. The animators cleverly use the eyes to this effect. When Dory is excited, her eye bulge our in excitement. When she is sad, her eyebrows come together and she pouts her lips. Theses common facial expressions that people see everyday, are placed upon the faces of the characters. It is these expressions that are exaggerated and bring the emotions of the characters to the screen