Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar’s in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right.

15 Things You Might Not Know About Finding Nemo

Although we now recognize 2003’s Finding Nemo as one of Pixar’s most critically and commercially successful films, the underwater masterpiece didn’t exactly kick off production as a guaranteed goldmine. Here are a few little-known facts about the rocky road leading up to the film’s status as a bona fide blockbuster, on the 15th anniversary of its release.

1. THE FILM WAS INSPIRED BY THE DIRECTOR’S OVERPROTECTIVE NATURE.

“Autobiographical” isn’t exactly the first adjective you’d expect to assign to a road comedy about marine life, but Finding Nemo co-writer/director Andrew Stanton’s story came from a very personal place. As a relatively new father during the film’s development, Stanton found himself at odds with his proclivity to vee… Continue Reading (6 minute read)

14 thoughts on “Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar’s in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right.”

  1. LazerAttack4242

    For Inside Out, staffers were required to emotionally torment a vulnerable young girl into running away and examine the results.

  2. 7Vivan

    Did they do the same for Finding Dory . I have questions about Dory’s dad’s receding hairline .

    — A Meme I saw but don’t remember the author

  3. Invisinak

    all of that and they still couldn’t figure out that his dad should have transitioned into his mom after she was eaten.

  4. Markooo95

    I’m an accountant. Wish my job would require taking scuba diving classes as well.

  5. maninblueshirt

    Prior to making Ratatouille, they were required to bring sewer rats into 3 star French restaurant kitchens and cook recipes?

  6. milesmini

    At Berkeley no less (which is basically down the street from pixar).

  7. schoonerw

    “You’re a successful professional artist, you say? That’s great! But what do you know about…Ichthyology?”

  8. lewisnwkc

    So LPT become an in-house team for movies to have free all inclusive holidays, for research

  9. BikeLoveLA

    They were spot on, capturing the wonderful movement of the coral reef

  10. Gimme_The_Loot

    Might be aging myself here but I remember prior to (the original) Lion King coming out there were VHS intros about how the Disney crew was spending all this time observing lions and stuff to get the feel just right too.

  11. The_Sceptic_Lemur

    Fun fact: in one of my zoology classes in university, our prof had us sing the teacher song from Nemo since it was a good way to memorize the classifications. Granted, it was during one of those easy going lessons right before christmas break and more for fun than serious, but helpful nevertheless.

  12. nicgarelja

    When the design team made their first attempt at an ocean scene, they were told that it looked too realistic and could they go back and make it look a bit more animated.

  13. purple_baron

    I saw a panel of Pixar animators talking about making the movies.

    At one point it came out that some of the top animators for Nemo went to Australia to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and the top animators on Ratatouille went to France to sample some fine dining.

    At that point, the lead animator for WALL-E quipped “yeah, and we got to go to a garbage dump”.

  14. sushipusha

    And the dentist’s name, P Sherman, is an inside joke by the Filipino animators because that’s how they would pronounce Fisherman.

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