Finding Nemo (franchise)

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Finding Nemo
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Creator Pixar
Films and television
Short films
Video games

Finding Nemo is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The original film will be followed by a sequel film, Finding Dory, to be released in 2016. Both films are directed by Andrew Stanton.

Film series[edit]

Finding Nemo (2003)[edit]

Main article: Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is the fifth Pixar film. The film tells the story of the over-protective clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) who, along with a regal tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould) all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself.

Finding Dory (2016)[edit]

Finding Dory.svg
Main article: Finding Dory

Finding Dory will be the seventeenth Pixar film. The film will be focused on the amnesiac character Dory, and will explore the idea of her being reunited with her family.[1] It will take place one year after Finding Nemo and be set off the coast of California.[2][3]

Short films[edit]

Exploring the Reef[edit]

Main article: Exploring the Reef

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 is included on the second disc of the Finding Nemo DVD.[4]


Box office performance[edit]

Finding Nemo earned $380,843,261 in North America, and $555,900,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $936,743,261.[5] It is the second highest-grossing film of 2003, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.[6] It was the highest-grossing Pixar film, up until 2010 when Toy Story 3 surpassed it.[7]

Film Release date Revenue Rank Budget
United States Foreign Worldwide All-time domestic All-time worldwide
Finding Nemo[5] May 30, 2003 $380,843,261 $555,900,000 $936,743,261 #20
#53 (A)
#24 $99,000,000
Original release May 30, 2003 $339,714,978[5] $524,900,000[8] $864,614,978 $94,000,000[5]
3-D re-release September 14, 2012 $41,128,283[9] $31,000,000[9] $72,128,283 $5,000,000[10]
Finding Dory[11] June 17, 2016
Total $380,843,261 $555,900,000 $936,743,261 $99,000,000
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(A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Finding Nemo 99% (232 reviews)[12] 90% (38 reviews)[13]
Finding Dory
Average ratings

Awards and nomination[edit]

The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and won 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[14] 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.[15] 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[edit]

Further information: Finding Nemo § Cast

This is a list of characters from the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, its upcoming 2016 sequel, Finding Dory and the documentary Exploring the Reef.

Character Main films Short films
Finding Nemo Finding Dory Exploring the Reef
Nemo Alexander Gould TBA Alexander Gould
Marlin Albert Brooks
Dory Ellen DeGeneres
Gill Willem Dafoe  
Bloat Brad Garrett
Peach Allison Janney
Gurgle Austin Pendleton
Bubbles Stephen Root
Deb/Flo Vicki Lewis
Jacques Joe Ranft
Nigel Geoffrey Rush
School of moonfish John Ratzenberger
Crush Andrew Stanton
Mr. Ray Bob Peterson
Bruce Barry Humphries
Anchor Eric Bana
Chum Bruce Spence
Sheldon Erik Per Sullivan
Dr. Philip Sherman Bill Hunter
Coral Elizabeth Perkins
Squirt Nicholas Bird
Darla LuLu Ebeling
  • Note: A grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.

Theme park[edit]

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Finding Nemo[edit]

Finding Nemo was released in 2003 by Traveller's Tales. 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, e.g. hopping through a batch of jellyfish.

The game received mixed reviews. It received 2/5 stars on GameSpy,[16][17][18][19] 6.2/10 points on GameSpot[20][21][22] and IGN gave it 7.0/10 and 6.0/10 on its PS2 and Xbox, and GameCube platforms, respectively.[23][24]

Disney Friends[edit]

Main article: Disney Friends

In 2007, Amaze Entertainment 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[edit]

Kinect Disneyland Adventure is a video game released in 2011 by Frontier Developments and Cobra, Inc. The game is based in various Disneyland attractions. It was released on Kinect for Xbox 360.

Stage musical[edit]

Finding Nemo – The Musical is a 40-minute show (performed five times daily), which opened on January 2, 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".[26]


Finding Nemo[edit]

Main article: Finding_Nemo § Music

Finding Nemo is the soundtrack album of the film of the same name. The soundtrack was scored by Thomas Newman.

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.[27][28] It received 5/5 stars from the Film Score Reviews[29] and 3.5/5 stars from[30]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (April 2, 2013). "Ellen DeGeneres' 'Nemo' sequel, 'Finding Dory,' set for 2015". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lussier, Germain. "‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Officially Called ‘Finding Dory,’ Releases November 25, 2015". /Film. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Finding Nemo: Exploring the reef with Jean-Michel, Nemo and Dori". Ocean Futures. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
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  6. ^ "Top Grossing Films of 2003". Box Office Mojo. 
  7. ^ "Pixar". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 5, 2009). "Nemo slips on ‘Ice’". Variety. Retrieved January 26, 2014. It took six years for a toon to overtake Pixar and Disney’s “Finding Nemo,” which grossed $524.9 million internationally in its 2003 release. 
  9. ^ a b "Finding Nemo (3D)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kaufman, Amy (September 16, 2012). "'Resident Evil: Retribution' sinks 3-D version of 'Finding Nemo'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 26, 2014. The studio said it spent under $5 million to convert the film to 3-D. 
  11. ^ Lussier, Germain (September 18, 2013). "Pixar Skips 2014 as ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Shifts to 2015 and ‘Finding Dory’ to 2016". /Film. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Finding Nemo". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Finding Nemo". Metacritic. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  14. ^ Boone, Louis E. Contemporary Business 2006, Thomson South-Western, page 4 - ISBN 0-324-32089-2
  15. ^ "AFI's 10 Top 10". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Finding Nemo (Game Boy)". GameSpy. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Finding Nemo (PlayStation 2)". GameSpy. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Finding Nemo (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Finding Nemo (GameCube)". GameSpy. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ Tracy, Tim (June 3, 2003). "Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo Review (PlayStation 2)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  21. ^ Tracy, Tim (June 3, 2003). "Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  22. ^ Tracy, Tim (June 3, 2003). "Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo Review (GameCube)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (May 27, 2003). "Finding Nemo". IGN. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (May 27, 2003). "Finding Nemo Review". IGN. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (May 27, 2003). "Finding Nemo". IGN. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  26. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Avenue Q Composer Lopez Co-Pens Musical Finding Nemo for Disney," (April 10, 2006).
  27. ^ "The 76th Academy Awards (2004) Nominees and Winners". Academy Award. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Academy Award For Best Original Music Score". Listal. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Finding Nemo". Film Score Reviews. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  30. ^ Brecher, Daniel (August 25, 2003). "Finding Nemo". Retrieved April 8, 2013.