Navajo ‘Nemo’ on Xmas

A Navajo-dubbed version of the Disney/Pixar animated classic Finding Nemo (2003) will premiere Christmas Day at 8 pm and 11 pm ET on FNX: First Nations Experience, the over-the-air public TV channel “exclusively devoted to Native American and World Indigenous programming.”

FNX said that Nemo Há’déést’į́į́ marks only the second major film ever to be translated into Navajo following the release of another Disney-owned title, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), three years ago.

“This historic partnership between FNX-PBS, a major Hollywood studio and an American Indian tribe will set precedence on the importance of indigenous language preservation and revitalization,” said Frank Blanquet, chief content manager for FNX.

FNX noted that Disney selected the primary cast for the translated Finding Nemo from auditions organized by the Navajo Nation Museum. Nemo’s voice was dubbed by Quinton Kien, Dory’s by Natalie Benally, and Nemo’s dad Marlin’s by Andrew Harvey.

The Navajo Nation itself has about 300,000 members, and its reservation is the largest in the US, FNX added. Indeed, the Navajo Nation’s official website notes that the territory “extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles…larger than 10 of the 50 states in America.”

Here’s a trailer for Nemo Há’déést’į́į́:

Launched locally in the Los Angeles market in 2011, FNX has been offered to PBS stations as a 24-hour, over-the-air digital sub-channel since 2014. You can currently watch it in two major markets – Los Angeles and Chicago – as well as in Fairbanks, AK, and several other areas. To see if and where FNX is viewable in your area, click here. For more information on the channel, visit


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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