1. The fish that says “Oh my gosh! Nemo’s swimming out to sea!” has a name. It’s Kathy:
2. The reason the name on the diver’s goggles is P. Sherman is due to the fact that a large part of the film’s crew was Filipino, and “fisherman” apparently sounds a lot like “P. Sherman” in a Filipino accent:
3. If you zoom in close enough at the dentist’s office, you can read the diplomas. Here’s what they say:
4. 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.
5. The actor who plays Shane Botwin from “Weeds” is the voice of Nemo:
Strangely enough, Nemo’s mother is voiced by the actress who played Celia on “Weeds” and his father, Marlin, by Shane’s grandfather on the show.
6. Pixar has a habit of referencing older Pixar films in their movies. Here’s Buzz Lightyear on the floor of the dentist office:
7. And a kid in the dentist’s office reading a Mr. Incredible comic book:
8. Nemo actually appeared in Monster’s Inc as one of Boo’s toys, two years before “Finding Nemo” was released:
9. If you look closely at the end of “Finding Nemo”, you can see Luigi from “Cars,” which would be released three years later:
10. 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:
11. And of course, like every other Pixar film, the Pizza Planet truck makes a cameo:
12. The reason the diver’s camera reads “A113,” is because that was the room used by the animation department at CalArts. CalArts was the alma mater of a large number of Pixarians:
It appears in every Pixar film, much like the Pizza Planet truck.
13. The first time blood ever appeared in a Pixar movie was in this scene, where Dory’s nose bleeds.
14. Speaking of Bruce, he gets his name from Steven Spielberg’s nickname for the great mechanical shark in “Jaws”:
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 three tiki heads in the fish tank are modeled after three lucky Pixar employees, Peter Sohn, Nelson Bohol and Ricky Nierva:
17. The seagulls (“Mine!”) in “Finding Nemo” are modeled after a very iconic penguin, the evil penguin from the “Wallace & Gromit” classic “The Wrong Trousers.”
18. 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:
Additionally “it took a total of 361,975 feathers to cover all 7 pelicans in the film” and 200 turtles to fill the turtle riding scene.
20. Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace,” ‘Party Down,” “Parks & Rec”) originally had a part in the film, but was fired from the film because “she refused to copy her high-pitched voice from [Will & Grace].”
The producers had no idea her voice on Will & Grace wasn’t her natural speaking voice.
21. Speaking of Monster’s Inc, “waving strands on the anemones on the seabed move about using the same computer program that animated Sully’s hair in Monsters, Inc.”
23. Andrew Stanton, the film’s director and writer, decided to cast Ellen Degeneres “after Stanton watched The Ellen DeGeneres Show with his wife and saw Ellen “change the subject five times before finishing one sentence”, just like Dory.
And finally, just in case your forgot, Darla is still TERRIFYING:
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