Nim's Island

Synopsis: Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive.
Production: Fox Walden
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
55
Rotten Tomatoes:
51%
PG
Year:
2008
96 min
$47,912,652
Website
126 Views

My dad always told me stories about her-

How she was this great

oceanographer.

Stories about

the baby they had...

and how my mom

just had to name her... Nim.

She invented that name.

At least, that's how my dad

tells the story.

That's all my mother is to me now-

just these stories.

But they're really

some amazing stories.

Like the one he calls

"The Oceanographer and the Great Blue Whale. "

Once upon a time, the oceanographer

went out on the wide-open sea...

to find out what was in the stomach

of the great blue whale.

As my mother was staring into

the mouth of the whale...

a mysterious ship

came out of nowhere.

It was called

The Buccaneer Ship.

It got much too close,

and it frightened the whale.

And the oceanographer

was swallowed and taken by the sea.

Dad felt that we should sail the ocean

and look for that blue whale-

that, someday, that whale

would bring her back to us.

I think he just missed her.

We both did.

By my fourth birthday,

we had sailed around the globe... twice-

From the Cape of Good Hope

to the tip of Ratagonia...

from Singapore

to the Cook Islands.

Then one day, we found it-

our home.

This is my island.

Not a bad place to grow up, huh?

See, I don't have to

go to school.

- I'm home-schooled.

- Hey, Selkie!

Watch out! Move it!

Or, technically, island-schooled.

Sorry!

- Everything I know about the world

I learned from my friends.

Galileo!

Like, do you know

that two objects...

no matter how big they are,

will fall at exactly the same speed?

Galileo proved it.

He's my pelican.

Selkie, my sea lion,

taught me how to swim.

So I returned the favor by teaching her soccer.

She's an excellent midfielder.

Oh, and I'll bet you didn't know that

sea turtles and certain species oflizards...

really get on each other's nerves.

Anything else

I need to know about the world...

I just open one of the books

my dad brought for me.

With a little imagination, I can go anywhere.

All in all, not a bad life.

For dinner, I throw together

some vegetables from our garden.

And for a little extra flavor,

I toss in some freshly dug-up mealworms.

Mmm. My dad's favorite.

Incredible day, Nim.

A new species, I think.

Well, if it's new, remember

what you're naming it.

"Protozoa Nim. "

I haven't forgotten.

See, my dad's a marine biologist.

He's obsessed with nanoplankton,

the tiniest little particles in the ocean.

They're not really my thing,

but to each his own, right?

Did you know there are millions

of picoplankton in a milliliter of water?

Protozoa Nim could be here right now.

What? Wha-

- Hey, Lizard!

- He's not "Lizard. " His name is Fred.

For a guy who loves nature,

you'd think he'd be more into animals.

When they have more than one cell,

Jack sort of loses interest.

Scientists write to him from all over the world

with questions about all sorts of things.

He even writes articles sometimes...

like this great one

for National Geographic.

- What's the reading?

- Thirty-seven knots!

Hey, I'm not saying a scientist's

life is for everyone...

but it is the life for us.

Every few months, the supply ship comes,

bringing us things that we need.

New books and paper,

nails and cloth-

All the things we can't

make for ourselves.

We sail out

into the open water to meet it.

No one, not even

the supply ship's captain...

has ever seen how amazing

our little island really is.

We take care of our island, Nim,

our island's gonna take care of us.

And that's the way

we wanna keep it-

our own perfect, secret world.

- Are ya ready?

- I'm ready.

Ah, bounty.

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