20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo came out in 2003 and became an instant favorite in Pixar history. It was the second highest-grossing film of 2003, earning a total of $921 million worldwide. Finding Nemo is also the best-selling DVD of all time, with over 40 million copies sold as of 2006.
The film was re-released for the first time in 3D on September 14, 2012, and it was released on Blu-ray on December 4, 2012. A sequel, Finding Dory, is currently in development, set to be released on November 25, 2015. Here are 20 things you probably never knew about one of the most popular animations ever.
1. Andrew Stanton, the film’s director and writer, decided to cast Ellen Degeneres after watching the “Ellen” show one day and noticing she would “change the subject five times before finishing one sentence,” much like Dory.
2. Sully(Monster’s Inc)’s hair and Nemo’s anemone were animated using the same computer program.
3. “Finding Nemo” is the top selling DVD of all time.
4. The scene where Dory and Marlin need to go through the Jellyfish colony contains 74,472 jellyfish, and upwards of 8,000 in any single shot.
5. The seagulls (“Mine!”) in “Finding Nemo” are modelled after the evil penguin from the “Wallace and Gromit” short “The Wrong Trousers.”
6. The three tiki heads in the fish tank are actually modeled after three pixar employees, Peter Sohn, Nelson Bohol and Ricky Nierva.
7. Dory’s nosebleed in the Bruce scene was the first time blood was shown in a Pixar movie.
8. Speaking of Bruce, the great white shark was named after what Steven Spielberg called the mechanical shark in “Jaws”.
9. Pixar has a habit of referencing older Pixar films in their movies. Here’s Buzz Lightyear on the floor of the dentist office.
10. And a kid in the dentist’s office reading a Mr. Incredible comic book.
11. Nemo actually appeared in Monster’s Inc as one of Boo’s toys, two years before “Finding Nemo” was released.
12. If you look closely at the end of “Finding Nemo”, you can see Luigi from “Cars,” which would be released three years later.
13. There’s some debate as to whether this poster of a large mouse on a fork near the bathroom in the dentist’s office is a reference to “Ratatouille,” which would come out 4 years later.
14. And of course, like every other Pixar film, the Pizza Planet truck makes a cameo.
15. Several times in the film, the characters say the line “all drains lead to the ocean.” Since water often undergoes treatment before reaching the ocean, the JWC Environmental company joked that “a more realistic title for the movie is “Grinding Nemo”.
16. The diver’s camera reads “A113,” which is a reference to a room used by the animation department at CalArts – alma mater of a large number of Pixarians.
17. Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace,” ‘Party Down,” “Parks & Rec”) originally had a part in the film, but was fired from the film after she refused to do the high pitched voice her character Karen on “Will & Grace” did.
18. The actor who plays Shane Botwin from “Weeds” is the voice of Nemo.
19. The movie originally didn’t start out so sad. The death of Nemo’s mother was told through flashbacks, instead. However, the animators changed this because they “wanted the viewers to understand the overprotective nature of Marlin” from the start.
20. If you zoom in close enough at the dentist’s office, you can read the diplomas. Here’s what they say:
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