Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Get to Know a Disney Dad: Marlin

Name and Claim to Fame
Marlin, from Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo & Finding Nemo the Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Father to Nemo, widower, husband to Coral

Guaranteed to Make Him Smile
Marlin begins as a lighthearted, proud papa clown fish in both the film by Disney-Pixar and in the musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He lights up at his own idea of naming most of his and Coral's hatchlings "Marlin, Jr.", but acquiesces to Coral's idea of naming one "Nemo."

There's nothing more powerful than naming a child, and when all that Marlin holds dear is taken away from him in a blink of an eye by a shark, he clings on tightly to the only thing he has left: his sole remaining hatching, his son, and he names him Nemo. From that moment on, Marlin puts his whole heart into caring and protecting for the one little fish with the one little fin that's slightly smaller than the other. He calls it Nemo's lucky fin.

Nothing makes clown fish Marlin smile wider than being together with his son and looking out for him with the best of fatherly intentions.

Signature Fatherly Moment
Marlin's over protectiveness was an influence in Nemo venturing out and getting captured by dentist P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. After being reunited with his son, Marlin shows incredible learning and growth as a father by not bringing in the reigns, but rather letting go. As Dory is caught in a fishermen's net, Nemo holds the solution to helping her break free. Marlin's fatherly instincts shift from protectiveness to confidence in his son.

From the musical:
Marlin: Nemo, you get back here.
Nemo: I know what to do. We have to save Dory.
Marlin: I have to think of you.
Nemo: I know I can do this. Dad, I have a plan.
Marlin: You think that you can do these but... I know you can!

Achieving a Work/Life Balance
Marlin could very well be a stay-at-home dad. If not, he has one heck of a generous and understanding employer, considering the immediacy of his need to take time off and length of time for which to do so while searching the big blue world for his son. Whatever the case may be, Marlin has his priorities in the right place as he turns on a dime and puts his family first.

Best Fatherly Advice
"We go out, then back in. And then we go out, and then back in. And one more time - out and then back in. And sometimes, if you want to do it four times..."

1 comment:

  1. If there is a Disney Dad I identify with, it's Marlon. Great post! Jonas