Finding Nemo turned 18 today and Pixar was in the mood to celebrate. Fans from all over are sharing their memories of Marlin and Dory’s adventures through the ocean to bring the little clownfish home. Pixar was already a juggernaut by the time 2003 rolled around. But, it is hard to communicate how much people loved Nemo upon release. There were record sales of clownfish in pet stores and fans packing aquariums across the world. (This sort of thing tends to happen with Disney properties, just Google what happened after 101 Dalmatians released.) But, today is all about the ocean-dwellers and people’s recollections of the story. It’s is wild to see so many artists reference the film as a primary influence. However, with that stunning work, the tributes make a lot of sense. Check out Pixar’s post right here.
On this day in 2003, Finding Nemo opened in theaters! In celebration, we thought it would only be fitting to have you… FIND NEMO!
Bonus points if you can also find:
⭐️ a red whistle
⭐️ a pair of red glasses
⭐️ a glass bottle
⭐️ a mirror pic.twitter.com/Yg1949b8RH
— Pixar (@Pixar) May 30, 2021
Comicbook.com had the opportunity to speak with producer Lindsey Collins before Finding Dory released Screenwriter/co-producer Andrew Stanton also chimed in about the prospect of following up such a beloved movie.
She continued, “I think we want them to take away that it’s a movie that feels worthy of the first film and that feels worthy of Dory because we take that responsibility very seriously. We didn’t enter into it, as Andrew said, lightly in terms of knowing what we were getting ourselves into and we also are super aware of everybody’s public [ownership] of Dory. Everybody, kind of, owns Dory, as a character, and, so entering into that game was a very, very conscious decision and, I think, the ultimate goal has always been: does this film feel worthy of the first and does it feel like it’s worthy of her, as a character? Meaning: are we giving her what we want her to have at the end.”
Any plans to revisit Finding Nemo today? Let us know down in the comments! Check out the responses below:
Finding Nemo is such an important movie to me. I definitely have to watch it today. 🥰 Happy 18th Anniversary to the movie that started it all for me! 💛💙🤍 pic.twitter.com/HPVRTUe0pZ
— bambi bun. ☀🏖 (@sleepikoya) May 30, 2021
This definitely happened with Australia
my obsession with australia started when i got obsessed with finding nemo at 4yo
— jeanne ♡ (@shonisjourney) May 30, 2021
What a wild fact
Omg happy 18th Finding Nemo, one of the best films of all time and one of my favourites, also found out it’s the film with the most DVDs sold which is kinda interesting
— James (@jdc200316) May 30, 2021
Not that hot of a take
Bro Finding Nemo is the best pixar movie ever idccccc.
— Capitán (@planet_captain_) May 30, 2021