This post attempts to map The Dolphin (available on Netflix!) onto its painfully obvious analog, Finding Nemo. The similarities are at once more deep and more baffling than I could have imagined. But if Daniel Alexander Dolphin can find it in him to imagine a really big wave, then I guess I can believe that this movie was animated, voiced, and paid for and that I watched the whole damn thing.
In all cases, interpret the arrow to mean "translates to."
Marlin-->Daniel Alexander Dolphin
Nemo-->the villain of the film and scavenger of dreams
Coral-->a giant sting ray imbued with the powers of flight, precognition, and underwater hugging
The barracuda that kills Coral-->lack of faith(?)
Touching the boat-->jumping over a small rock wall twice with no repercussions
Dory-->a child dolphin who farts into his own mouth for oxygen
Short-term memory loss-->unsettling narcolepsy
Bruce the shark-->the exact same shark with the exact same conundrum regarding his carnivorism; he later ingests a tiny fish in front of its mother and chews madly, remarking on the tenderness of the meat, before revealing his rapacious bone-crunching as a total ruse--no one faults him; everyone laughs
Jacques the tank cleaner-->THE SUPPORTING STAR OF THE FILM, only stereotypically Jewish (HE EATS MONEY)
Deep sea angler fish-->an angry dolphin transformed by his hatred into a barracuda (actually much scarier)
"Just keep swimming"-->"Fly, Daniel Dolphin, fly"
The dentist's office-->an octopus running an underwater slavery ring
Wall of jellyfish-->a steaming pool alleged to be jellyfish poop
jamming the filter-->rushing headlong into a surfing-related death
a father's fear-->surfing
a gimpy fin-->surfing
surfing the EAC-->the (thrice-gratified) drive to find a really big wave
any sense of resolution or accomplishment-->a random encounter with a girl dolphin
plot-->Daniel Dolphin's slick, erect dorsal fin
stakes-->various characters making terrifyingly violent threats and then saying "Just joking!"
message-->if I can't surf I'll just swim out with the current and die alone