Monday, September 6, 2010

Movie Monday: Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo, 2003. Starring Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres. (Director: Andrew Stanton)

When his son, Nemo is taken from him by a diver, Marlin the clown fish sets off on a journey to rescue him. Together with Dory, a blue tang fish with short term memory loss, they set off through the oceans, whilst joining a club with sharks, dodging jellyfish and hooking a ride with turtles. Whilst this is happening, Nemo and his new tank friends hatch a plan to escape from their new home.

Written by FilmFanUk

Trivia & Scenes!

Pixar's characters are often planned years in advance. Nemo first appeared as a stuffed toy on a couch in Boo's room in Monsters, Inc. (2001). This movie introduces the main characters of post-2003 Pixar films. A boy in the dentist's office is reading a "Mr. Incredible" comic book, anticipating The Incredibles (2004). Luigi the car is driving by the dentist's office, anticipating Cars (2006)

The coloration of Gill's face simulates the characteristic lines around the mouth of voice actor Willem Dafoe(The Green Goblin in Spiderman).

Afraid that kids would try releasing their pet fish by flushing them down a drain, a company that manufactures equipment used by water filtration and sewage treatment plants released a warning the Thursday after the film came out saying that, even though drains do eventually reach the ocean, before it got there the water would go through equipment which breaks down solids, and went on to say that in real life the movie would more appropriately be called "Grinding Nemo".

Darla is named after Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson

The look and feel of the underwater world was essential to the film's success. To that end, the production crew were all exposed to visits to aquariums, diving stints in Monterey and Hawaii, study sessions in front of Pixar's own 25 gallon fish tank and even a series of in-house lectures from an ichthyologist(person who studies fish).

For the jellyfish sequence, Pixar's Ocean Unit created an entire new system of shading which they called "transblurrency" - see-through but blurred, much like a frosted bathroom window.

In the tank gang in the dentist's office, the germophobic purple and yellow fish is the only one never mentioned by name. His name was later revealed to be Gurgle.

In case you missed it - Deb's reflection/alter ego is Flo, as in "ebb" and "flow", like the tide.

Jacques the Shrimp's character is partly based on the German born actor Fritz Feld, whose trademark was to "pop" his mouth by slapping it with the palm of his hand to indicate his "superior" annoyance.

In order for it to sound like Nigel had Marlin and Dory in his mouth, Geoffrey Rush held onto his tongue as he said his lines.

The Great White shark's name in the movie was Bruce. "Bruce" was the nickname given to the models used for the shark in the original "Jaws", named after Spielberg's lawyer, Bruce Ramer.