8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Finding Nemo!

Finding Dory has finally opened in America 13 years after the release of Finding Nemo and has had amazing success so far, smashing the Thursday opening release record. Finding Dory doesn’t drop til the 29th of July in Ireland and so we have to wait a considerable amount of time to see the new Pixar installment, but until then I’m going to look at some things you might not have known about Finding Nemo!

1. There’s a Jaws nod in the character Bruce!

When Jaws (1979) was filming, the models used for the shark was given the nickname Bruce, because Steven Speilberg’s lawyer shared the same name (Bruce M. Ramer). This gives some cool meaning to why the menacing great white shark in Finding Nemo is called Bruce.

2. It’s the biggest selling DVD of all time!

We may not be living in a world that depends on DVD’s as much anymore, but that doesn’t discredit the record Pixar achieved with having the biggest selling DVD in Finding Nemo! The film has sold 41 million copies worldwide and the blu-ray released 9 years after the films release, in 2012.

3. Andrew Stanton wrote a script very early

Andrew Stanton, the writer and director of Finding Nemo, is the man who had the most belief in this film from the start. This film was going through pre-production to get to grips on what the film was going to be about, but by this time, Andrew already has a script made! Talk about dedication.

4. This movie features 3 other Pixar characters!

Pixar are known to be the top dogs when it comes to Easter Eggs and this 2003 animation is no exception. Finding Nemo features 3 other Pixar characters, some of which are harder to see than others. Take a look at them below!

A kid reading a Mr. Incredible comic!
A kid reading a Mr. Incredible comic!

Luigi from Cars driving down the street (Image source: j.whyville.net)

Luigi from Cars driving down the street (Image source: j.whyville.net)

Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story! (Image source: http://www.m-magazine.com)
Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story! (Image source: http://www.m-magazine.com)

Which easter egg is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

5. The director voices one of the best characters!

One of the most memorable characters from the Finding franchise is the character, Crush, but did you know he is voiced by director Andrew Stanton? He provided his voice in early screenings for a rough cut, but when he proved positive with audience reactions he stayed in for the rest of the movie! The lines he provided were recorded from the couch in his office to get that real relaxed voice.

6. Two characters are names after streets near Pixar’s home!

In a Pixar movie, you can be sure that there’s going to be a meaning behind everything, and the names of two characters are no exception. Both Marlin and Dory are names after streets in the Bay Area of Redwood City near Pixar’s home. The streets are names, Dory Lane and Marlin Drive.

7. It only too one world to green-light Finding Nemo!

Finding Nemo really was a passion project for director, Andrew Stanton and when he tirelessly pitched the idea for the film to Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, it only took the word “fish” to persuade him!

8. Dogs were used to help animate the fish!

Pixar’s animators are among the best in the world, the had made extensive research to the depths of the sea to give a real feel of the ocean while watching the film, but one problem they encountered while animating, was mastering the characters eyes. Apparently, they came off dull and lifeless in pre-production, so the crew looked at dogs eyes as inspiration for a more eccentric animation.

So there you have it guys, were there any facts you already knew? Let me know in the comments which one was your favorite!

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