Now watch Nemo in Navajo
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)
Now watch Nemo in Navajo
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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."

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/now-watch-nemo-navajo/

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How will this movie help preserve the Navajo language?
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COMMENTS (29)
  • mattv-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    The movie will help preserve the Navajo language as it includes many words from the Navajo language.

  • noahi-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:25 p.m.

    Because this will get attention since finding memo is a really famous movie

  • austina-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:27 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language because it will allow other movies to be made in that language.

  • kolbyd-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:28 p.m.

    The movie is being translated into the navajo language.

  • johnj-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:28 p.m.

    The movie will help preserve the Navajo language by reaching the language out farther to new audiences.

  • ethanw-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:28 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language because it will keep this language alive.

  • lucasp-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:28 p.m.

    this will preserve the language by keeping the language alive

  • austing-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:29 p.m.

    This movie will help to preserve the Navajo language because it would keep the language alive.

  • travisb-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:29 p.m.

    This movie will help preserve the Navajo language by allowing the use of its language in the movie.

  • callans-fel
    5/04/2016 - 02:29 p.m.

    This movie helps preserve the Navajo language because people still speak it, but some seem to be forgetting about it.

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