Finding Nemo (franchise)
|Created by||Andrew Stanton|
|Original work||Finding Nemo (2003)|
|Films and television|
|Musical(s)||Finding Nemo – The Musical (2007)|
|Theme park attraction(s)|
Finding Nemo is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 2003 film of the same name, produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The original film was followed by a sequel, Finding Dory, released in 2016. Both films were directed by Andrew Stanton. The film series received widespread critical acclaim from critics and audiences with two films released to-date, the series has grossed $1.9 billion worldwide.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo is the fifth Pixar film. The film tells the story of a clownfish named Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould) who gets abducted from his home in the Great Barrier Reef and winds up in a dentist’s office aquarium. His over-protective father Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) who, along with an amnesiac regal tang named Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), searches for him all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let little Nemo take care of himself.
Finding Dory (2016)
Finding Dory is the seventeenth Pixar film. The film focuses on the amnesiac character Dory, (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) who travels to California to find her long-lost parents, Jenny and Charlie, as well as exploring the idea of her being reunited with her family. It takes place one year after Finding Nemo and is set off the coast of Morro Bay, California.
Director Andrew Stanton commented in June 2016 about the possibility of a third Finding Nemo film, stating:
"I really do feel like that this was the missing piece, emotionally, for the first movie. Now, I’ve stopped saying never for anything because there are a lot of new characters that get introduced and we’ve broadened the universe for this movie. And again, I’m very used to seeing that world continue to open up from the Toy Story movies, so I’ve learned to just say, to my knowledge, I think everything that was born of the first movie is wrapped up. But we’ll see. With any of the other sequels, we strive to try and make it seem like it was inevitable, like it was meant to be, that all these extended stories and journeys with these characters were part of the whole canon. And that's really hard, but it's so satisfying for me when I’m experiencing that, whether it's a great second season of a TV show or another book in a series. It's a small club when it's done successfully. Regardless of how much people may vocalize that they don’t enjoy or wish that there weren’t extensions, sometimes it's really nice to go back and spend more time with these characters if they evolve, if they grow, if they expand. So that, I’m very happy with. I feel like it was just as hard, if not harder, on Finding Dory to get it to feel inevitable and preordained, and that it was always of the larger piece."
Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau (2003)
Exploring the Reef is a short documentary film. It features Jean-Michel Cousteau, exploring the Great Barrier Reef, but Marlin, Dory, and Nemo keep interrupting him. The short film is included on the Finding Nemo DVD.
Marine Life Interviews (2016)
Marine Life Interviews focuses on some of the supporting characters within Dory as they give brief interviews and thoughts on Dory herself. This is similar to the character interviews for Finding Nemo.
Dory Finding (2021)
Dory Finding see Dory finding items from the surface in the coral reef. This short is part of the Pixar Popcorn series on Disney+.
Box office performance
Finding Nemo is the second highest-grossing film of 2003, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It was the highest-grossing Pixar film, up until 2010 when Toy Story 3 surpassed it. Finding Dory is the third-highest-grossing film of 2016, behind Civil War and Rogue One.
|United States||Other territories||Worldwide||All-time domestic||All-time worldwide|
|Finding Nemo||May 30, 2003||$380,843,261||$559,492,275||$940,335,536||#26
|Original release||May 30, 2003||$339,714,978||$531,304,279||$871,019,257||$94,000,000|
|3-D re-release||September 14, 2012||$41,128,283||$28,187,996||$69,316,279||$5,000,000|
|Finding Dory||June 17, 2016||$486,295,561||$541,068,765||$1,027,364,326||#7
(A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).
Critical and public response
|Finding Nemo||99% (269 reviews)||90 (38 reviews)||A+|
|Finding Dory||94% (340 reviews)||77 (48 reviews)||A|
Both films received universal acclaim, with the first film winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was a financial blockbuster as it grossed over $921 million worldwide. It is the best-selling DVD of all time, with over 40 million copies sold as of 2006 and is the 2nd highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. In 2008, the American Film Institute named it the 10th greatest American Animated film ever made during their 10 Top 10. It also won the award for best Animated Film at the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, the National Board of Review Awards, the Online Film Critics Society Awards, and the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.
Cast and characters
This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in the franchise.
- An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
- Y indicates a younger version of the character.
|Characters||Feature films||Short films|
|Finding Nemo||Finding Dory||Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau||Marine Life Interviews|
|Nemo||Alexander Gould||Hayden Rolence||Alexander Gould|
|Dory||Ellen DeGeneres||Ellen DeGeneres
|Jenny||Mentioned Only||Diane Keaton|
|Charlie||Mentioned Only||Eugene Levy|
|Jacques||Joe Ranft||Jerome Ranft|
|Squirt||Nicholas Bird||Bennett Dammann|
|Mr. Ray||Bob Peterson|
|Bruce||Barry Humphries||Deleted scene|
|Tad||Jordy Ranft||Characters are mute|
|Sheldon||Erik Per Sullivan|
|School of moonfish||John Ratzenberger|
|Hank||Ed O'Neill||Ed O'Neill|
|Destiny||Kaitlin Olson||Kaitlin Olson|
|Bailey||Ty Burrell||Ty Burrell|
|Fluke||Idris Elba||Idris Elba|
|Rudder||Dominic West||Dominic West|
|Gerald||Torbin Xan Bullock|
- Note: A grey cell indicates that the character didn't appear in the film.
Theme park attractions
- Crush's Coaster at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland at Disneyland Resort.
- Finding Nemo – The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot at Walt Disney World.
- Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot at Walt Disney World, Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort and Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort.
- Nemo & Friends SeaRider at Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Finding Nemo was released in 2003 by THQ. The goal in the game is to complete different levels under the roles of film protagonists Nemo, Marlin or Dory. It includes cutscenes from the movie and each clip is based on a level. For example, Marlin and Dory hopping through a batch of jellyfish.
The game received mixed reviews. It received 2/5 stars on GameSpy, 6.2/10 points on GameSpot and IGN gave it 7.0/10 and 6.0/10 on its PS2 and Xbox, and GameCube platforms, respectively.
In 2007, Disney Interactive Studios released Disney Friends. It is a video game based on various Disney films. The game features characters Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, Dory from Finding Nemo, Pooh from Winnie the Pooh, and Simba from The Lion King.
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures is a video game released in 2011 by Frontier Developments. The game is based in various Disneyland attractions. It was released on Kinect for Xbox 360. Characters from Finding Nemo appear as part of a minigame based on Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Nemo's Reef was a mobile game available from December 20, 2012 to June 30, 2017 by Disney Mobile. The game is a casual reef building which features characters from Finding Nemo. It was released on Android and iOS devices.
Disney Infinity was a video game series developed by Avalanche Software that ran from 2013 to 2016. Elements from Finding Nemo appeared throughout all three games in the series, with power discs based on the film released for the first game, and a playset based on Finding Dory along with Dory and Nemo figures released for the console versions of Disney Infinity 3.0 in June 2016. The aforementioned playset and figures were the last new content released for the series, which was cancelled by Disney in May 2016.
Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure
Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure is a video game developed by Asobo Studio originally released in 2012 for Xbox 360. On October 31, 2017, a remastered release without the Kinect branding titled Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure was released for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows 10. The remastered version adds a world based on Finding Dory alongside the original release's worlds.
Finding Nemo – The Musical is a 40-minute show (performed five times daily), which opened on January 24, 2007 at the Theater in the Wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. It is a musical adaption of the film with new songs written by Tony Award-winning Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. It would "combine puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops".
The score was nominated for the 76th Academy Awards for Best Original Score but lost against The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It received 5/5 stars from the Film Score Reviews and 3.5/5 stars from Soundtrack.net.
|Finding Nemo||Andrew Stanton
Co-directed by: Lee Unkrich
|Original Story by: Andrew Stanton
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds
|Graham Walters||John Lasseter||Thomas Newman||David Ian Salter|
|Finding Dory||Andrew Stanton
Co-directed by: Angus MacLane
|Original Story by: Andrew Stanton
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse
|Lindsey Collins||Axel Geddes|
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