Now watch Nemo in Navajo Mikyla Hongeva, 11, holds a copy of "Finding Nemo" outside the Peunte de Hozho elementary school in Flagstaff, Ariz. Mikyla recorded the voice of one of the turtles in the Navajo language version of the movie, only the second major motion picture to be translated. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)
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A few children in Flagstaff, Arizona, are among the voice cast bringing "Finding Nemo" to a Navajo-speaking audience.
 
For only the second time, a major motion picture has been dubbed in the Navajo language, and this version of "Finding Nemo" is playing in select theaters on the Navajo Nation.
 
Disney and Pixar officials say they chose the animated fish tale because there are only animal characters and few songs.
 
The movie follows the journey of Marlin, a clown fish, as he searches for his son, Nemo.
 
The children's parents tell the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper that they believe the translation will help keep the Navajo language alive.
 
Catherine Esquivel's 6-year-old son Mariano Esquivel voiced a baby turtle in the movie.
 
"I don't know that he understands now how huge this is for the Navajo people, to have Disney play a part in retaining our language," she said. "When he's older he will think, 'Wow, this was a great time in my life.'"
 
"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" became the first Hollywood feature translated in Navajo in 2013, and it also is a movie owned by Disney.
 
"I love the fact that Navajo has such a place in our history, with the Code Talkers in World War II," said senior vice president of Disney character voices Rick Dempsey. "If we want to work to preserve a language, this is a great one."

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COMMENTS (29)
  • simonak-3-bar
    3/24/2016 - 10:24 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language by translating it. This passage says,"For only the second time, a major motion picture has been dubbed in the Navajo language, and this version of "Finding Nemo" is playing in select theaters on the Navajo Nation." This means that because of it being translated, more people will get interested in this language, and further growing it.
    My opinion on this article is that I am glad that this language is starting to spread.

  • erino-6-bar
    3/24/2016 - 11:27 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language because Disney and Pixar are huge companies in the movie industry. In addition, Finding Nemo is a very famous film that has gotten a lot of publicity over the years so its dub will likely get a lot of attention. A six year old was the voice of a baby turtle in the film and his mother had said, "I don't know that he understands now how huge this is for the Navajo people, to have Disney play a part in retaining our language."

    I thought this article was interesting because Finding Nemo came out over 10 years ago and they are just now making a dub.

  • jamies-pay
    3/28/2016 - 09:11 a.m.

    It is incredible that Disney is taking the time to translate their movies into Navajo so they can present their works to a new audience.

  • briannec-ste
    3/29/2016 - 07:05 p.m.

    Because if people see the movie, in that language, they might want to learn the language. when they do, there will be more people speaking that language.

  • jacih-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language by translating it, this will allow the language to spread.

  • garretta-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    This will help preserve the Navajo language because those people that couldn't watch the movie because it wasn't in Navajo now can.

  • ethany-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    This movie will help keep the navajo language alive because navajo indians wont have to learn english to watch new movies.

  • lances-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    This will help preserve the Navajo language because finding nemo is a major motion picture and many people watch it and now they are translating it into the Navajo language.

  • elizabetht-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language by making it more readily available for people to hear and learn to create a lifeline for the Navajo language.

  • travond-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    because the movie makes us think about them

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