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Nemo (released in some countries under the title Dream One) is a 1984 Fantasy film loosely based on Little Nemo in Slumberland.

It begins with the eponymous main character's parents going out to the opera. Their butler, Benjamin promises to tell Nemo a bedtime story involving rocket ships, Zorro, and Alice in Wonderland — but before Benjamin has a chance to tell the story, Nemo gets out of bed and goes into an elevator which takes him to a beach on a world where it's always twilight during the daytime. There he encounters several strange characters, including Princess Alice of Yonderland, The Legend (a Captain Ersatz of Zorro), and a mysterious alien named Rals-Akrai (who arrives in a rocket ship). A significant portion of the story takes place in the Nautilus (the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). The film has a dream-like feel to it — it's very surreal and in parts, somewhat creepy.


Not to be confused with Finding Nemo.

Nemo provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Chekhov's Gun: The Nautilus spends most of the film stuck on the beach. When the beach floods at the end, Nemo and Monkey use it to sail to Yonderland.
  • Intellectual Animal: Monkey seems to be this (despite Cunegond insisting otherwise), although he has difficulty communicating with the other characters due to not being a Talking Animal.
  • Love at First Sight: When he first sees Alice, Nemo gushes over how beautiful she is. Later on, Duchka has a similar reaction when she first sees The Legend.
  • Love Dodecahedron: First Nemo falls in love with Alice, then The Legend falls in love with Alice, then Alice falls in love with Nemo (after he gets a Plot-Relevant Age-Up), then Duchka falls in love with The Legend, which makes Boris very jealous (and speaking of Boris, one throwaway line implies that he might have a bit of a crush on Rals-Akrai).
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: Subverted; Nemo wears pajamas at first, but he soon gets a different outfit.
  • Shirtless Scene: At the end of the film, Nemo takes his shirt off for no apparent reason.