“Losing Nemo” Uses Animation to Warn of Overfishing

Aside from its cheeky title, there is little to smile at in Losing Nemo, a grim short that warns about industrial overfishing and the accelerating loss of aquatic biodiversity which could lead to oceans that are largely empty of marine life within the next fifty years.

The film was directed and written by Dutch filmmaker Douwe van der Werf in collaboration with Black Fish, a marine conservation movement. It was produced by an international crew of over thirty people who did the work pro bono over the course of five months. The filmmakers have a Tumblr to share art from the film’s production as well as a website that fact-checks the issues discussed in the film.