Finding Nemo

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Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures on May 30, 2003. It tells the story of the overly protective clownfish Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, who along with a regal tang named Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, searches for his son Nemo, voiced by Alexander Gould. Along the way he learns to take risks and that his son is capable of taking care of himself.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Story and Screenplay by Andrew Stanton.
There Are 3.7 Trillion Fish In The Ocean. They're Looking For One.



Bruce: Fish are friends, not food.
Anchor: Except stinkin' dolphins.
Chum: Dolphins! Yeah, they think they're so cute! [mocks a dolphin] "Oh, look at me, I'm a flippy little dolphin, let me flip for you! Ain't I something?"

Bruce: Just start with your name.
Marlin: Okay. Uh, hello. My name is Marlin. I'm a clownfish.
Anchor: A clownfish? Really?
Bruce: Go on. Tell us a joke.
Chum: I love jokes.
Marlin: I actually do know one that’s pretty good. There was this mollusk, and he walks up to this sea cucumbers. Normally, they don't talk, sea cucumbers, but in a joke everyone talks. So, the sea mollusk says to the cucumber…
[Marlin spots the mask. A brief flashback shows the diver taking Nemo]
Nemo: Daddy!
Marlin: Nemo!
Chum: Nemo! Haha! Nemo… I don't get it.
Bruce: For a clownfish, he's not that funny.
Marlin: No, no, no, he's my son. He was taken by these divers.
Dory: Oh, you poor fish...
Chum: Humans! Think they own everything.
Anchor: Probably American!
Bruce: Now, there is a father looking for his little boy.
Marlin: What do these markings mean?
Bruce: I never knew my father!
Anchor: Come on, group hug.
Chum: We're all still here mate.
Marlin: I can't read human.
Dory: Well, then we got to find a fish that can read this. Hey, look, sharks.
Marlin: No, no, no, Dory!
Dory: Guys, guys.
Marlin: No, Dory.
Dory: Hey, that's mine. Give it to me. Gimme! Ow!
Marlin: Oh, I'm sorry. Are you okay?
Dory: Ow, ow, ow!
Marlin: I'm so sorry.
Dory: You really clocked me there. Am I bleeding?
[a wisp of blood floats from Dory's nose]
Marlin: Ohh!
Dory: Ow. Ow. Ow.
Bruce: Dory, are you okay… [smells a wisp of blood] Oh. [his eyes turns completely black] That's good.

Marlin: Here's a thing. You know, I just, think it’s best if I just, if I just, carry on from here by myself.
Dory: Okay.
Marlin: You know, alone. Without, well, I mean, not without you. I mean, it’s just that I don’t want you, with me.
Dory: [shocked] Huh?
Marlin: I don’t want to hurt your feelings.
Dory: You want me to leave?
Marlin: Well, I mean not. Yes. Yeah. It’s just that you know I just can’t afford anymore delays and you’re one of those fish that cause delays. And sometimes it’s a good thing. There’s a whole group of fish. They’re delay fish.
Dory: You mean... [whimpers] You mean you don't like me? [starts crying]
Marlin: No, of course I like you. It’s because I like you I don’t want a be with you. It’s a complicated emotion. Don't cry. I like you.
School of Fish: Hey, you! Lady, is this guy bothering you?
Dory: I don't remember. Were you?
Marlin: No. We’re just, we’re... Hey, do you guys know how I can get to...
School of Fish: Look, pal. We’re talking to the lady, not you. Hey, you like impressions?

Dory: Yes.
School of Fish: When you come to this trench, swim through it, not over it.
Dory: Trench… Through it, not over it. I'll remember. Hey, hey! Hey, wait up partner! Hold on! Wait, wait wait! I gotta tell you something. Whoa. Nice trench. [echoing] Hello! Okay, let's go.
Marlin: Bad trench, bad trench. Come on, we're going to swim over this thing. [starts to swim over]
Dory: Whoa, whoa, partner. Little red flag going up. Something's telling me we should swim through it, not over it.
Marlin: [comes back] Are you looking at this thing? It's got death all over it!
Dory: I'm sorry. But I really, really, really think we should swim through.
Marlin: And I am really, really done talking about this! Over we go!
Dory: Come on, trust me on this.
Marlin: Trust you?
Dory: Yes, trust. It's what friends do.
Marlin: ...Look, something's shiny!
Dory: Where?!
Marlin: Oh, it just swam over the trench! Come on, follow me.
Dory: Okay! Boy, it sure is clear up here.
Marlin: Exactly. And look at that there's the current. We should be there in no time.
Dory: Hey, little guy.

Dory: [singing] Just keep swimming, just keep swimming
Marlin: Dory. Boy, this is taking a while.
Dory: Hey, How about we play a game?
Marlin: All right.
Dory: Okay, I'm thinking of something orange, and small...
Marlin: It's me.
Dory: Right! [later] I'm thinking of something orange and small...
Marlin: It's me.
Dory: All right, Mr. Smarty-pants... [later still] It's orange and small, and white stripes...
Marlin: Me, and the next one's just a guess, me.
Dory: Okay, that's just scary.
Marlin: Wait, wait, wait. I have definitely seen this floating speck before. That means we've passed it before. And that means we're going circles. And that means we're not going straight!
Dory: Hey.
Marlin: We got to get to the surface. We'll figure it out up there. Let's go! Follow me! What?
Dory: Relax. Take a deep breath. Now, let's ask somebody for directions.
Marlin: Oh, fine. Who do you want to ask, the speck?

Dory: [swims upside down] C'mon! You gotta try this!
Marlin: Will you just stop it?!
Dory: Why? What's wrong?
Marlin: We're in a whale, don't you get it?!
Dory: A whale?
Marlin: A whale! Because you asked for help, and now we're stuck here!
Dory: [looks around her] Wow. A whale. You know, I speak whale-
Marlin: No, you're insane! You can't speak whale! I have to get out! [bumps into the whale's baleen] I have to find my son! [bumps again] I have to tell him... [bumps repeatedly], old, sea, turtles, are!

Marlin: All by themselves?
Crush: Yeah.
Marlin: But, but, dude. How do you know when they're ready?
Crush: Well, you never really know, you know, but when they know, you'll know, ya know?

Dory: Have you seen an orange fish swim by? It looks just like them. [points at Nemo]
Nemo: But bigger!
Crab: Yeah, I saw him, Bluey. But I'm not telling you where he went, and there's no way you're gonna make me!
[Dory glares at the crab, then holds him out of water for the seagulls to see]
Seagull: Mine, mine!
Crab: All right, all right! I'll talk, I'll talk! He went to the fishing grounds!
Seagulls: Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!

[hundreds of seagulls surround Marlin and Dory]
Seagull: Mine.
Nigel: [quiet and controlled] Okay. Don't make any sudden moves. Hop inside my mouth, if you want to live.
Marlin: "Hop in your mouth," huh? And how does that make me live?
Seagull: Mine?
Nigel: Because I can take you to your son.
Marlin: Yeah, right.
Nigel: No. I know your son. He's small and orange, he has a gimpy fin on one side.
Marlin: That's Nemo!
[the seagulls suddenly attack]

Nemo: Nemo.
Gill: Brother Bloat, proceed.
Bloat: Nemo, newcomer of orange and white, you have been called forth to the top of Mount Wannahockaloogie to join with us, in the fraternal bonds... of tankhood.
Nemo: Huh?
Peach: We want you in our club, kid.
Nemo: Really?
Bloat: If you are able to swim through, the Ring of Fire! [nothing happens] Turn on the Ring of Fire! The Ring of Fire!
[Jacques suddenly comes to attention]
Jacques: Sorry!
Bloat: You said you could do this!
[bubbles explode out of the top of Wannahockaloogie Mountain]
Bloat: The Ring of Fire!

About Finding Nemo[edit]

  • By far the biggest challenge was getting the water right. Water has always been a Holy Grail for CG animators because it’s not a fixed medium, it’s constantly shifting and changing.
  • Way back during the first beginnings of Toy Story, believe it or not. I was at an aquarium, and I was new to computer graphics, and I remember just looking at the underwater environment and thinking we could mimic this exactly in computer graphics.
So that was on the back burner of my brain all through Toy Story and A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. I kept thinking about what story I'd want to tell in an underwater setting, and I remembered this dentist's office that I went to as a kid. It had a tank in the lobby, and I used to think about whether those fish wanted to go home, and what it must be like to be in this tacky little tank with a treasure chest, and a scuba diver. All those kind of things.


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