Finding Nemo (franchise)

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Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo logo.svg
Finding Nemo logo; its sequel Finding Dory uses a similar logo (see below)
Created by Pixar
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s) Finding Nemo – The Musical (2007–present)
Games
Video game(s)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)
Miscellaneous
Theme park attractions
  • * Work where this franchise's characters or settings appeared as part of a crossover.
  • A remastered re-release of Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure (2012); Finding Dory was added to the re-release.
  • Pavilion opened in 1986 as The Living Seas.

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 are directed by Andrew Stanton.

Film series[edit]

Finding Nemo (May 30, 2003)[edit]

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

Finding Dory (June 17, 2016)[edit]

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Finding Dory is the seventeenth Pixar film. The film focuses on the amnesiac character Dory, and explores the idea of her being reunited with her family.[1] It takes place one year after Finding Nemo and is set off the coast of California.[2][3]

Finding 3[edit]

Director Andrew Stanton commented in June 2016 about a possibility of a third Finding Nemo film, "I really do feel like 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."[4]

As of October 2017, there has been no further word on the future of the franchise.

Short films[edit]

Exploring the Reef (2003)[edit]

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.[5]

Marine Life Interviews (2016)[edit]

Marine Life Interviews focuses on some of the supporting characters within Finding Dory as they give brief interviews and thoughts on Dory herself. The short is included on of the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Finding Dory. This is similar to Aardman's Creature Comforts.

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Finding Nemo earned $380,843,261 in North America, and $559,492,275 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $940,335,536.[6] It is the second highest-grossing film of 2003, behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.[7] It was the highest-grossing Pixar film, up until 2010 when Toy Story 3 surpassed it.[8] Finding Nemo is the 6th highest-grossing animated franchise and holds the highest average box office gross per film among all animated franchises in box office history ($983.8million) .[9]

Film Release date Revenue Rank Budget
United States Other territories Worldwide All-time domestic All-time worldwide
Finding Nemo[6] May 30, 2003 $380,843,261 $559,492,275 $940,335,536 #26
#55 (A)
#36 $94,000,000
Original release May 30, 2003 $339,714,978[6] $531,304,279[10] $871,019,257 $94,000,000[6]
3-D re-release September 14, 2012 $41,128,283[11] $28,187,996[11] $69,316,279 $5,000,000[12]
Finding Dory[13] June 17, 2016 $486,295,561 $541,068,765 $1,027,364,326 #7
#71 (A)
#22 $200,000,000
Total $867,138,822 $1,100,561,040 $1,967,699,862 $299,000,000
List indicator(s)
(A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Finding Nemo 99% (257 reviews) 90 (38 reviews)
Finding Dory 94% (290 reviews) 77 (48 reviews)

Accolades[edit]

Both films received overwhelmingly positive reviews, 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[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]

This is a list of characters from the 2003 film, Finding Nemo, its 2016 sequel, Finding Dory and the shorts Exploring the Reef and Marine Life Interviews.

Characters Main films Short films
Finding Nemo Finding Dory Exploring the Reef Marine Life Interviews
2003 2016 2003 2016
Nemo Alexander Gould Hayden Rolence Alexander Gould
Marlin Albert Brooks
Dory Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres
Sloane Murray (young)
Lucia Geddes (teen)
Ellen DeGeneres
Gill Willem Dafoe
Bloat Brad Garrett
Peach Allison Janney
Gurgle Austin Pendleton
Bubbles Stephen Root
Deb Vicki Lewis
Jacques Joe Ranft Jerome Ranft
Crush Andrew Stanton
Squirt Nicholas Bird Bennett Dammann
Mr. Ray Bob Peterson
Bruce Barry Humphries Deleted scene
Anchor Eric Bana
Chum Bruce Spence
Dr. Philip Sherman Bill Hunter
Nigel Geoffrey Rush
Darla LuLu Ebeling Photograph
Tad Jordy Ranft Characters are mute
Sheldon Erik Per Sullivan
Pearl Erica Beck
Coral Elizabeth Perkins
School of moonfish John Ratzenberger
Hank Ed O'Neill Ed O'Neill
Destiny Kaitlin Olson Kaitlin Olson
Bailey Ty Burrell Ty Burrell
Jenny Diane Keaton
Charlie Eugene Levy
Fluke Idris Elba Idris Elba
Rudder Dominic West Dominic West
Stan Bill Hader
Inez Kate McKinnon
Gerald Torbin Xan Bullock
Becky
Bill John Ratzenberger
  • Note: A grey cell indicates that the character didn't appear in the film.

Theme park attractions[edit]

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Finding Nemo[edit]

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,[17][18][19][20] 6.2/10 points on GameSpot[21][22][23] and IGN gave it 7.0/10 and 6.0/10 on its PS2 and Xbox, and GameCube platforms, respectively.[24][25]
[26]

Disney Friends[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Nemo's Reef was a mobile game available from December 21, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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".[27]

Magazine[edit]

In August 2016, Egmont Publishing launched a magazine, titled Finding Dory.[28]

Music[edit]

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.[29][30] It received 5/5 stars from the Film Score Reviews[31] and 3.5/5 stars from Soundtrack.net.[32]

Crew[edit]

Film Director(s) Producer(s) Executive Producer Writer(s) Composer Editor(s)
Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton
Co-directed by: Lee Unkrich
Graham Walters John Lasseter Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds
Original Story by: Andrew Stanton
Thomas Newman David Ian Salter
Finding Dory Andrew Stanton
Co-directed by: Angus MacLane
Lindsey Collins Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse
Original Story by: Andrew Stanton
Axel Geddes

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ Snetiker, Marc (June 20, 2016). "'Finding Nemo 3'? Here's whether it could happen" (Entertainment Weekly). Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Finding Nemo: Exploring the reef with Jean-Michel, Nemo and Dori". Ocean Futures. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
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  10. ^ 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. 
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  12. ^ 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. 
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  22. ^ Tracy, Tim (June 3, 2003). "Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
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  27. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Avenue Q Composer Lopez Co-Pens Musical Finding Nemo for Disney Archived December 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.,"Playbill.com (April 10, 2006).
  28. ^ "Egmont Publishing Launches Finding Dory Magazine" (Press release). Egmont Publishing. July 19, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  29. ^ "The 76th Academy Awards (2004) Nominees and Winners". Academy Award. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Academy Award For Best Original Music Score". Listal. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
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  32. ^ Brecher, Daniel (August 25, 2003). "Finding Nemo". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved April 8, 2013.