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Finding Nemo
Director: Andrew Stanton (Dir)
Release Date:   30 May 2003
Production Date:   Jan 2000--2002
Duration (in mins):   100 or 104
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Cast:   Albert Brooks (Marlin)  
    Ellen DeGeneres (Dory)  
    Alexander Gould (Nemo)  
    Willem Dafoe (Gill)  
    Brad Garrett (Bloat)  
    Allison Janney (Peach)  
    Austin Pendleton (Gurgle)  
    Stephen Root (Bubbles)  
    Vicki Lewis (Deb & Flo)  
    Joe Ranft (Jacques)  
    Geoffrey Rush (Nigel)  
    Andrew Stanton (Crush/Additional voice)  
    Elizabeth Perkins (Coral)  
    Nicholas Bird (Squirt)  
    Bob Peterson (Mr. Ray/Additional voice)  
    Barry Humphries (Bruce)  
    Eric Bana (Anchor)  
    Bruce Spence (Chum)  
    Bill Hunter (Dentist [P. Sherman])  
    LuLu Ebeling (Darla)  
    Jordy Ranft (Tad)  
    Erica Beck (Pearl)  
    Erik Per Sullivan (Sheldon)  
    John Ratzenberger (Fish school)  
    Carlos Alazraqui (Additional voice)  
    Jack Angel (Additional voice)  
    James S. Baker (Additional voice)  
    Bob Bergen (Additional voice)  
    Bobby Block (Additional voice)  
    Susan Blu (Additional voice)  
    Geoff Brooks (Additional voice)  
    Jane Carr (Additional voice)  
    Jennifer Darling (Additional voice)  
    Paul Eiding (Additional voice)  
    Jessie Flower (Additional voice)  
    Aaron Fors (Additional voice)  
    Leland Grossman (Additional voice)  
    Bradley Trevor Greive (Additional voice)  
    Jess Harnell (Additional voice)  
    Lili Ishida (Additional voice)  
    Marc John Jefferies (Additional voice)  
    Caroline Kindred (Additional voice)  
    Oliver Kindred (Additional voice)  
    Noah Luke (Additional voice)  
    Sherry Lynn (Additional voice)  
    Danny Mann (Additional voice)  
    Andrew McDonough (Additional voice)  
    Mickie McGowan (Additional voice)  
    Rove McManus (Additional voice)  
    Alec Madlock (Additional voice)  
    Laura Marano (Additional voice)  
    Vanessa Marano (Additional voice)  
    Nicole Miller (Additional voice)  
    Laraine Newman (Additional voice)  
    Annelise Nolting (Additional voice)  
    Lisa Peers-Lyleson (Additional voice)  
    Jeff Pidgeon (Additional voice)  
    Phil Proctor (Additional voice)  
    Jan Rabson (Additional voice)  
    Katherine Ringgold (Additional voice)  
    Daryl Sabara (Additional voice)  
    Evan Sabara (Additional voice)  
    David Ian Salter (Additional voice)  
    Emmett Shoemaker (Additional voice)  
    Eliza Schneider (Additional voice)  
    Ben Stanton (Additional voice)  
    Lee Unkrich (Additional voice)  
    James Kevin Ward (Additional voice)  
    Kali Whitehurst (Additional voice)  

Summary: In Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a clownfish named Marlin and his wife Coral take up residence in an anemone at the edge of the coral reef. Although Marlin frets that his four hundred as-yet-unhatched children will not like him, Coral assures him that he will be a wonderful father. Just then, however, a barracuda attacks the anemone, knocking Marlin unconscious, and he awakens to discover that Coral and all the eggs, except one, have been eaten. Cradling his remaining son, Nemo, Marlin vows to protect him forever. Soon, Nemo is a happy, curious boy, who lets neither a malformed fin nor his father’s overprotectiveness dampen his energy. On Nemo’s first day of school, Marlin embarrasses him at the schoolyard by anxiously fussing over him and insisting on cautiousness. To prove that he does not need coddling, Nemo accepts the other kids’ dare to swim out to a ship just past the reef drop off. Although he bravely swims into the open sea, which his father has taught him is perilous, touches the boat and turns back in triumph, a scuba diver nets him before Nemo can reach safety. Horrified, Marlin rushes to his son’s aid, but the boat speeds away too quickly for Marlin to keep up with it, and when he begs for help, only a cheerful blue tang named Dory responds. She offers to help him follow the ship, which she saw pass by, but after several minutes, Marlin realizes they are swimming aimlessly. As Dory explains that she suffers from short-term memory loss, a menacing shark named Bruce forcibly escorts the pair to a twelve-step meeting designed to cure fish-eating addictions. Chanting “Fish are friends, not food,” the three group members welcome Marlin and Dory, and while Bruce recounts the tale of his father’s abandonment of the family, Marlin spots a diver’s mask and, sure it belongs to the human who captured Nemo, inadvertently cuts Dory in his excitement. The scent of her blood mesmerizes Bruce, who chases the fish into a wrecked ship, and although Marlin and Dory escape, the chase sets off a mine explosion. Meanwhile, Nemo is transported to a fish tank in the Sydney office of dentist P. Sherman. The other aquarium inmates, including Jacques the shrimp, Deb, a starfish named Peach and Bloat the blowfish, welcome the boy, but when he becomes stuck in a filter, their gruff leader, Gill, insists that Nemo escape without help, demonstrating his own damaged fin as proof that a handicap need not impede him. The tank members soon “initiate” Nemo into their society and form an escape plan to save Nemo from being given to the dentist’s niece, Darla, a notorious fish abuser. Gill’s plan calls for Nemo to swim into the filter and jam it with a pebble, after which the dentist will clean the tank, transferring them to plastic bags in which they plan to hurl themselves out the window and into the harbor below. Back in the sea, Marlin swims, with Dory’s encouragement, to the ocean depths to find the fallen mask. In the dark, both are spellbound by the light of a predatory angler fish, but manage to spot the mask. While Marlin distracts the angler, Dory slowly reads the dentist’s address on the mask, and is thrilled to discover that she can remember it. Soon annoyed by her blithe chatter, enthusiasm and memory lapses, Marlin informs Dory that he would like to travel alone, and her subsequent sobs attract the chivalry of a school of fish, who scorn Marlin but provide Dory with direction to the Sydney harbor. Now aware that he needs Dory’s help, Marlin apologizes and swims off before he can hear the school’s advice to avoid the upcoming trench. Although Dory tries to warn Marlin, she forgets the details and follows him above the trench, which serves as a jellyfish bed. Marlin is resistant to the stings, but Dory is not, so to save his oblivious friend, Marlin pretends to play a “game” with Dory in which she bounces harmlessly over the jellyfish tops, thus avoiding the dangerous tentacles. Before they reach the end, however, Dory is stung and lies unconscious. As they both recover in open waters, Nemo continues his getaway attempts, sure that his timid father would never risk the open water to rescue him. He fails to achieve the dangerous task, however, and the tank fish sink into dejection. Meanwhile, Marlin awakens on the back of a sea turtle named Crush, who explains that his school is riding the East Australian Current into Sydney. Dory is nearby, playing games with the turtle children, including Squirt, whose independence while swimming the rapid current impresses Marlin. The youngsters idolize Marlin, as does Dory, as she listens enraptured to his tales of their own travels through the ocean. Marlin’s astounding stories soon spread throughout the ocean until they reach the pelicans in Sydney Harbor, one of whom, Nigel, regularly visits the dentist’s office and recognizes Nemo’s name. When he informs Nemo of his father’s courageous search, Nemo is overjoyed and, inspired, flings himself into the tank filter and jams it. At the same time, Marlin and Dory leave the turtles to brave the current alone, and Marlin finds himself invigorated by the adventure. They swim toward shore but are soon lost in the vast ocean, and after Dory tries to ask a whale direction in its own language, the whale swallows them both. Inside its mouth, Marlin rages at his friend. After he states that he must keep his promise to Nemo never to let anything happen to him, Dory points out that this promise cannot be any fun for the child. Dory then assures Marlin that the whale has told her “it’s time to let go,” and although Marlin is frightened, he does so, allowing the whale to expel them via his blowhole into the harbor. The next morning, the tank fish awaken to discover that a new filtration system has cleaned the aquarium. The dentist then nets Nemo, and although the others try to wrench him free, the dentist succeeds in capturing Nemo just as Darla arrives. Outside, a pelican tries to eat Marlin and Dory, whose struggles attract the attention of Nigel. Upon hearing Marlin say Nemo’s name, Nigel offers to carry them in his mouth to the dentist’s office. Marlin is suspicious, but when hungry seagulls approach, he readily agrees. They reach the office in time to see Nemo feigning death, hoping to be flushed down the toilet, as Gill has assured him that all drains lead to the sea. When Darla grabs Nemo, Gill jumps onto her head, and pandemonium erupts in the office. Soon, the dentist is unconscious and Gill has sacrificed his own chance for escape by tossing Nemo down the spit bowl. As Nemo is flushed into the Sydney water treatment pipes, he calls for his father, who is despondent at this missed opportunity to save his son. Believing Nemo to be dead, he mournfully bids goodbye to Dory, and when she begs him to stay with her so she can continue to regain her memories, Marlin states that he wants only to forget his. Soon, Nemo struggles out of the pipes, and although he meets Dory, she fails to remember that she is on a quest to find him. Suddenly, however, her memory returns, and she brings Nemo to his father, who embraces him joyously. Within moments, the trio is caught up in a fisherman’s net along with a huge school of fish. Marlin tries to hold Nemo back but finally relents when the boy asserts that he can remedy the situation, coaching the fish to swim downward as one. The combined force of their movement breaks the net from its rope, and all are freed. When Marlin searches for Nemo, however, he finds him dazed beneath the fallen net. Marlin cradles his son, who soon regains consciousness. Later, back on the reef, Marlin urges Nemo to get to school on time, and once there, jokes easily with the other fathers, proud to see his son leave to explore his ocean home. At the same time, the tank fish achieve their goal and throw themselves into the ocean, where they float in perfect happiness, though still unsure how to escape their plastic bags. 

Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios  
  Walt Disney Pictures  
Distribution Company: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution  
Director: Andrew Stanton (Dir)
  Lee Unkrich (Co-dir)
  Oren Jacob (Supv tech dir)
Producer: Graham Walters (Prod)
  John Lasseter (Exec prod)
  Jinko Gotoh (Assoc prod)
Writer: Andrew Stanton (Orig story)
  Andrew Stanton (Scr)
  Bob Peterson (Scr)
  David Reynolds (Scr)
  Ronnie del Carmen (Story supv)
  Dan Jeup (Story supv)
  Jason Katz (Story supv)
Photography: Sharon Calahan (Dir of photog)
  Jeremy Lasky (Dir of photog)
  Joshua Hollander (Cam mgr)
  Louis Rivera (Cam supv)
  John Hee Soo Lee (Cam software & engineering)
  Matthew Martin (Cam software & engineering)
  Drew TTV Rogge (Cam software & engineering)
  Babak Sanii (Cam software & engineering)
  Cosmic Don (Cam tech)
  Jeff Wan (Cam tech)
  David DiFrancesco (Photoscience mgr)
  James Burgess (Photoscience mgr)
  Beth Sullivan (Dept admin)
Art Direction: Ralph Eggleston (Prod des)
  Ricky Vega Nierva (Art dir, characters)
  Robin Cooper (Art dir, shading)
  Anthony Christov (Art dir, environments)
  Randy Berrett (Art dir, environments)
  Blake Tucker (Story mgr)
  Jim Capobianco (Story artist)
  Joseph 'Rocket' Ekers (Story artist)
  Bruce M. Morris (Story artist)
  Peter Sohn (Story artist)
  Nathan Stanton (Story artist)
  James S. Baker (Addl storyboarding)
  Max Brace (Addl storyboarding)
  Rob Gibbs (Addl storyboarding)
  Matthew Luhn (Addl storyboarding)
  Courtney Booker (Digital storyboarding)
  Will Csaklos (Story consultant)
  Rachel Raffael-Gates (Story coord)
  Adam Bronstein (Story coord)
  Romney T. Marino (Story prod asst)
  Doug Nichols (Art mgr)
  Dan Lee (Char des)
  Jason Deamer (Addl char des)
  Nelson 'Rey' Bohol (Prod artist)
  David Fulp (Prod artist)
  Ellen Moon Lee (Prod artist)
  Albert Lozano (Prod artist)
  Nathaniel McLaughlin (Prod artist)
  James Pearson (Prod artist)
  Peter Sohn (Prod artist)
  Bud Thon (Prod artist)
  Jerome Ranft (Sculptor)
  Greg Dykstra (Sculptor)
  Bert Berry (Art coord)
Film Editor: David Ian Salter (Film ed)
  Lee Unkrich (Supv film ed)
  Katherine Ringgold (2d film ed)
  Stan Webb (2d film ed)
  Kevin Nolting (2d film ed)
  Axel Geddes (1st asst ed)
  Luis Alvarez y Alvarez (2d asst ed)
  Jason Hudak (2d asst ed)
  David Suther (2d asst ed)
  Elizabeth Thomas (2d asst ed)
  Noelle P. Case (Editorial coord)
  Kathleen Relyea (OMF coord)
  Gregory Amundson (Ed prod asst)
  Gabrielle Siegel (Ed prod asst)
  Jacob Parsons (Ed prod asst)
  Bill Kinder (Senior mgr ed and post prod)
  John Hazelton (Post prod projection)
  Phred Lender (Post prod ed services)
  Andra Smith (Post prod ed services)
  Jeff Whittle (Post prod ed services)
  Buena Vista Negative Cutting (Negative cutting)
Music: Thomas Newman (Mus)
  Tommy Vicari (Rec and mixed)
  Armin Steiner (Orch rec)
  Thomas Pasatieri (Orch)
  Bill Bernstein (Mus ed)
  Michael Zainer (Asst mus ed)
  David Slusser (Temp mus ed)
  Leslie Morris (Mus contractor)
  Julian Bratolyubov (Mus preparation)
  Jesse Voccia (Digital audio)
  Tom MacDougall (Mus prod supv)
  Andrew Page (Mus prod mgr)
  Deniece LaRocca-Hall (Mus prod coord)
  Joel Berke (Mus prod asst)
  Jill Iverson (Mus prod asst)
  Sony Pictures Studios (Mus rec and mixed at)
  The Village (Mus rec and mixed at)
  Signal Sound (Mus rec and mixed at)
Sound: Gary Rydstrom (Sd des/Re-rec mixer/Supv sd ed)
  Dee Selby (Asst sd des)
  Gary Summers (Re-rec mixer)
  Michael Silvers (Supv sd ed)
  Stuart McCowen (Asst supv sd ed)
  Shannon Mills (Sd eff ed)
  Teresa Eckton (Sd eff ed)
  E. J. Holowicki (Sd eff ed/Addl dial rec)
  Doc Kane (Orig dial mixer)
  Jeanette Browning (Dial rec)
  Vince Caro (Addl dial rec)
  Charlene Richards (Addl dial rec)
  Al Nelson (Foley ed)
  Dennie Thorpe (Foley artist)
  Jana Vance (Foley artist)
  Frank 'Pepe' Merel (Foley mixer)
  Travis Crenshaw (Foley rec)
  Steve Slanec (ADR ed)
  Jurgen Scharpf (Mix tech)
  Juan Peralta (Mix tech)
  Brian Magerkurth (Re-rec)
  Skywalker Sound a division of Lucas Digital Ltd., Marin County, California (Post prod sd services by)
Special Effects: Dana Batali (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Tony DeRose (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Kurt Fleischer (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Mary Ann Gallagher (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Thomas Hahn (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Michael B. Johnson (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Josh Minor (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Guido Quaroni (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Brian Smits (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Galyn Susman (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Karon Weber (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Andy Witkin (Lead, studio tools R&D)
  Brad Andalman (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  John R. Anderson (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Katrina Archer (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Jim Atkinson (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Sanjay Bakshi (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  David Baraff (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Sam 'Penguin' Black (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Malcolm Blanchard (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Ian Buono (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Gordon Cameron (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Loren C. Carpenter (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Per Christensen (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Christopher Colby (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Bena Currin (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Peter Demoreuille (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Brendan Donohoe (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Max Drukman (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Tom Duff (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Susan Fisher (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Julian Fong (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  F. Sebastian Grassia (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Eric Gregory (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Susan Boylan Griffin (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Mark Harrison (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Jamie Hecker (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Jeff Hollar (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Jisup Hong (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Mitchell Im (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Michael Kass (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Chris King (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Shawna King (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Cybele Knowles (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  David Laur (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Eric Lebel (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Mark Leone (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Tom Lokovic (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Antoine McNamara (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Gary Monheit (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Nghi 'Tin' Nguyen (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Peter Nye (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Shaun Oborn (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Michael K. O'Brien (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Hans Pederson (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Fabio Pellacini (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Katrin Petersen (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Sudeep Rangaswamy (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Arun Rao (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Martin Reddy (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  David Ryu (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Rudrajit Samanta (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Chris Schoeneman (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Kay Seirup (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Michael Shantzis (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Sarah Shen (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Marco da Silva (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Maria Milagros Soto (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Heidi Stettner (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Paul S. Strauss (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Dirk Van Gelder (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Kiril Vidimce (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Brad West (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Audrey Wong (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Adam Woodbury (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Wayne Wooten (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Jane Yen (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  David G. Yu (Development team, studio tools R&D)
  Ellen Moon Lee (End credit des)
  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Final rendering systems)
  RenderMan (Rendered by)
Production Misc: Lindsey Collins (Prod mgr)
  Marcia Gwendolyn Jones (Prod supv)
  Mary Hidalgo (Casting)
  Kevin Reher (Casting)
  Matthew Jon Beck (Casting)
  Mickie McGowan (Addl ADR voice casting)
  Ceri Davies (Addl Australian voice casting)
  Nephi Sanchez (Prod accountant)
  Kesten Migdal (Asst prod accountant)
  Heidi Cruz (Scheduling coord)
  Robert Taylor (Dir of prod finance)
  Susan T. Tatsuno (Supv of prod resources)
  Marguerite K. Enright (Asst to the prod)
  Lisa Marie Schwartz (Asst to the dir)
  Jon Darrell Handy (Prod office asst)
  Peter T. Schreiber (Prod office asst)
  Jenny Aleman-Holman (Disney prod representative)
  Cindy Cosenzo (Addl prod support)
  Xanthe Hohalek (Addl prod support)
  Jennifer Kinavey (Addl prod support)
  Susan E. Levin (Addl prod support)
  David Lortsher (Addl prod support)
  Julie McDonald (Addl prod support)
  Wendi McNeese (Addl prod support)
  Roger Noyes (Addl prod support)
  Adrian Ochoa (Addl prod support)
  Karen Paik (Addl prod support)
  Marc Prager (Addl prod support)
  Dan Sokolosky (Addl prod support)
  Peter Kaldis (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  Erik Forman (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  Alisa Gilden (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  May Pon (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  Alex Stahl (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  Christopher C. Walker (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  Warren Hays (Mgr and lead, information systems)
  Domenic Allen (System admin & support, information systems)
  Neftali "El Magnifico" Alvarez (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  James Bartel (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jennifer Becker (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Gabriel Benveniste (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Bryan Bird (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Sean Brennan (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Lars R. Damerow (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  James G. Dashe (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Ross Dickinson (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Miles Egan (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Edward Escueta (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Sandy Falby (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Grant Gatzke (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Joshua Grant (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Bethany Jane Hanson (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jason B. Hendrix (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Ling Hsu (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Kenneth "Yo" Huey (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jason "Jayfish" Hull (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jose "Gayle" Ignacio (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Humera Yasmin Kahn (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Elise Knowles (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Cory Andrew Knox (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Matthew Lindahl (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jessica Giampietro McMackin (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Bob Morgan (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Terry Lee Moseley (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Michael A. O'Brien (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jeanie T. Oh (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Mark Pananganan (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Kathleen H. Parmelee (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Wil Phan (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Edgar Quiñones (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  A.U.B.I.E (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  M. T. Silvia (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Nelson Siu (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Elle Yoko Suzuki (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Andy Thomas (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jason "jtop" Topolski (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Chuck Waite (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Jay Weiland (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Ian Westcott (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Adam Wood-Gaines (Systems admin & support, information systems)
  Paul Cichocki (Post prod supv)
  Courtney Bergin (Post prod coord)
Animation: Dylan Brown (Supv anim)
  Jenni Tsoi (Anim mgr)
  Alan Barillaro (Directing anim)
  Mark Walsh (Directing anim)
  Carlos Baena (Anim)
  Bobby 'Boom' Beck (Anim)
  Misha Berenstein (Anim)
  Ben Catmull (Anim)
  Scott Clark (Anim)
  Brett Coderre (Anim)
  Tim Crawfurd (Anim)
  David DeVan (Anim)
  Doug Dooley (Anim)
  Ike Feldman (Anim)
  Andrew Gordon (Anim)
  Stephen Gregory (Anim)
  Travis Hathaway (Anim)
  Jimmy Hayward (Anim)
  Steven Clay Hunter (Anim)
  Rob Jensen (Anim)
  Nancy Kato (Anim)
  Karen Kiser (Anim)
  Shawn P. Krause (Anim)
  Wendell Lee (Anim)
  Angus MacLane (Anim)
  Matt Majers (Anim)
  Daniel Mason (Anim)
  Dale McBeath (Anim)
  Amy McNamara (Anim)
  Jon Mead (Anim)
  Billy Merritt (Anim)
  Cameron Miyasaki (Anim)
  Dave Mullins (Anim)
  James Ford Murphy (Anim)
  Rodrigo Blaas Nacle (Anim)
  Peter Nash (Anim)
  Victor Navone (Anim)
  Bret Parker (Anim)
  Michael Parks (Anim)
  Bobby Podesta (Anim)
  Brett Pulliam (Anim)
  Rich Quade (Anim)
  Roger Rose (Anim)
  Gini Cruz Santos (Anim)
  Andy Schmidt (Anim)
  Doug Sheppeck (Anim)
  Ross Stevenson (Anim)
  Patty Kihm Stevenson (Anim)
  Doug Sweetland (Anim)
  David Tart (Anim)
  J. Warren Trezevant (Anim)
  Michael Venturini (Anim)
  Tasha Wedeen (Anim)
  Adam Wood (Anim)
  Kureha Yokoo (Anim)
  Ron Zorman (Anim)
  Craig Good (Senior layout artist)
  Paul Mendoza (Fix anim)
  Christopher DiGiovanni (Fix anim/Anim wrangler)
  Graham Moloy (Anim coord)
  Kearsley Higgins (Anim fix coord)
  Marionette (Animated on)
  Brian Green (CG supv, characters)
  Lisa Forssell (CG supv, ocean unit)
  Danielle Feinberg (CG supv, ocean unit)
  David Eisenmann (CG supv, reef unit)
  Jesse Hollander (CG supv, tank unit)
  Steve May (CG supv, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Michael Fong (CG supv, global technology)
  Anthony A. Apodaca (CG supv, digital final/Tech development team)
  Michael Lorenzen (CG supv, schooling/Flocking)
  Kelly T. Peters (Unit mgr, characters)
  Joshua Hollander (Unit mgr, characters)
  Michael Warch (Unit mgr, ocean unit/Tank unit)
  Kim Collins (Unit mgr, reef unit)
  Siouxsie Stewart (Unit mgr, sharks/Sydney unit)
  A. J. Riebli (Unit mgr, schooling & flocking)
  Ethan Owen (Unit mgr, digital final)
  Pamela Darrow (Unit coord, characters)
  Marcia Savarese (Unit coord, ocean unit)
  Suzanne Hightower-Purcell (Unit coord, reef unit)
  Seth Murray (Unit coord, reef unit)
  Sheri Patterson (Unit coord, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Arik Ehle (Unit coord, tank unit)
  Dana Leigh Murray (Unit coord, digital final)
  Paul Aichele (Lead, characters)
  Keith Olenick (Lead, characters)
  Belinda Van Valkenburg (Lead CG painter)
  Liz Kupinski Carter (Lead, ocean unit/CG artist, tank unit)
  Jun Han Cho (Lead, ocean unit)
  Scott G. Clifford (Lead, ocean unit/Tank unit)
  Derek Williams (Lead, ocean unit/Sharks/Sydney unit)
  Robert Anderson (Lead, reef unit)
  Don Schreiter (Lead, reef unit)
  Kim White (Lead, reef unit)
  Michael Fu (Lead, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Ken Lao (Lead, sharks/Sydney unit/Tech development)
  Brad Andalman (Lead, tank unit)
  Sylvia Wong (Lead, tank unit)
  Justin Ritter (Lead, schooling & flocking/CG artist, ocean unit)
  Bert Berry (CG painter)
  Jamie Frye (CG painter)
  Yvonne Herbst (CG painter)
  Glenn Kim (CG painter)
  Laura Phillips (CG painter)
  Andrea Warren (CG painter)
  Byron Bashforth (CG artist, characters)
  David Batte (CG artist, characters)
  Chad Belteau (CG artist, characters)
  Jason Bickerstaff (CG artist, characters)
  Brian Boyd (CG artist, characters)
  Martin Costello (CG artist, characters)
  Ziah Sarah Fogel (CG artist, characters)
  Lucas R. A. Ives (CG artist, characters)
  Steven James (CG artist, characters)
  Rob Jensen (CG artist, characters)
  Kristifir Klein (CG artist, characters)
  Sonoko Konishi (CG artist, characters)
  Michael Krummhoefener (CG artist, characters/Ocean unit)
  Daniel McCoy (CG artist, characters)
  Casey McTaggart (CG artist, characters/Tech development team)
  Brandon Onstott (CG artist, characters)
  Adrienne Othon (CG artist, characters)
  John Singh Pottebaum (CG artist, characters)
  Jeff Pratt (CG artist, characters)
  David Ryu (CG artist, characters)
  Tom Sanocki (CG artist, characters)
  Andrew H. Schmidt (CG artist, characters)
  Bill Sheffler (CG artist, characters)
  Eliot Smyrl (CG artist, characters)
  Keith Stichweh (CG artist, characters)
  Danny 'Dani' Sukiennik (CG artist, characters)
  Colin Hayes Thompson (CG artist, characters)
  Brian Tindall (CG artist, characters)
  Erin Tomson (CG artist, characters)
  Dirk Van Gelder (CG artist, characters)
  Christine Waggoner (CG artist, characters)
  Cortney Armitage (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Airton Dittz Jr. (CG artist ocean unit/Tank unit)
  Louis Gonzales (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Stefan Gronsky (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Jae H. Kim (CG artist, ocean unit/Tank unit)
  Keith Daniel Klohn (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Tom Miller (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Amy Moran (CG artist, ocean unit)
  David Munier (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Jack Paulus (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Apurva Shah (CG artist, ocean unit)
  Erik Smitt (CG artist, ocean unit/Tank unit)
  Michael L. Stein (CG artist, ocean unit/Schooling & flocking)
  Maria Yershova (CG artist, ocean unit/Tank unit)
  Jessica Abroms (CG artist, reef unit/Tech development team)
  Chris Bernardi (CG artist, reef unit)
  Simon Dunsdon (CG artist, reef unit)
  Steven James (CG artist, reef unit)
  Sungyeon Joh (CG artist, reef unit)
  Michael Kilgore (CG artist, reef unit/Digital final)
  David MacCarthy (CG artist, reef unit/Tank unit)
  Michael K. O'Brien (CG artist, reef unit)
  Eileen O'Neill (CG artist, reef unit)
  Lisa Kim (CG artist, reef unit)
  Burt Peng (CG artist, reef unit)
  Andrew Pienaar (CG artist, reef unit)
  Timothy Swec (CG artist, reef unit)
  Sophie Vincelette (CG artist, reef unit)
  Brad Winemiller (CG artist, reef unit)
  Brian Boyd (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Chris Chapman (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Jun Han Cho (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Kevin Edwards (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Christina Garcia (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Christina Haaser (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Jean-Claude J. Kalache (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Steven Kani (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Keith Daniel Klohn (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Ivo Kos (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Holly Lloyd (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Martin Nguyen (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit/Tech development team)
  Kelly O'Connell (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Phat Phuong (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Gabriel Schlumberger (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Suzanne Slatcher (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit/Tank unit)
  Peter Sumanaseni (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Erdem Taylan (CG artist, sharks/Sydney unit)
  Frank Aalbers (CG artist, tank unit)
  Mark Adams (CG artist, tank unit)
  Fareed Behmaram-Mosavat (CG artist, tank unit/Tech development team)
  Chad Belteau (CG artist, tank unit)
  Shawn Brennan (CG artist, tank unit)
  Gary Bruins (CG artist, tank unit)
  Ziah Sarah Fogel (CG artist, tank unit)
  John Halstead (CG artist, tank unit)
  Nigel Hardwidge (CG artist, tank unit)
  Patrick James (CG artist, tank unit)
  Ewan Johnson (CG artist, tank unit)
  Thomas Jordan (CG artist, tank unit)
  Amy Moran (CG artist, tank unit)
  Dan Schoedel (CG artist, tank unit)
  Sajan Skaria (CG artist, tank unit)
  Keith Stichweh (CG artist, tank unit)
  Brian Cordan Young (CG artist, tank unit)
  Dale McBeath (CG artist, schooling & flocking)
  George Nguyen (CG artist, schooling & flocking/Tech development team)
  Claudia Chung (CG artist, digital final)
  Richard Thompson (CG artist, digital final)
  Matthew Webb (CG artist, digital final)
  Michael Chann (Addl CG artist, tech development)
  Brian Clark (Addl CG artist, tech development)
  Andrew Jiminez (Addl CG artist, tech development)
  Frances Kumashiro (Addl CG artist, tech development)
  Michelle Lin (Addl CG artist, tech development)
  Paul Seidman (Addl CG artist, tech development)
  Geefwee Boedoe (Visual development)
  Peter DeSeve (Visual development)
  Tony Fucile (Visual development)
  Carter Goodrich (Visual development)
  D. J. Cleland-Hura (Visual development)
  George Hull (Visual development)
  Dominique Louis (Visual development)
  Simon Varela (Visual development)
  Mark Whiting (Visual development)
  Bruce Zick (Visual development)
  Rikki Cleland-Hura (Addl visual development)
  William Reeves (Tech development lead)
  John Alex (Tech development team)
  John R. Anderson (Tech development team)
  Larry Aupperle (Tech development team)
  David Baraff (Tech development team)
  Ronen Barzel (Tech development team)
  David Batte (Tech development team)
  Chris Bernardi (Tech development team)
  Daniel Campbell (Tech development team)
  Cynthia Dueltgen (Tech development team)
  Tom Duff (Tech development team)
  Stefan Gronsky (Tech development team)
  John Halstead (Tech development team)
  Lauren Alpert Hoffman (Tech development team)
  Thomas Jordan (Tech development team)
  Michael Kass (Tech development team)
  Shirley Konkle (Tech development team)
  Ben Koo (Tech development team)
  Tim Milliron (Tech development team)
  David Munier (Tech development team)
  John Singh Pottebaum (Tech development team)
  Brian M. Rosen (Tech development team)
  Apurva Shah (Tech development team)
  Tom Sanocki (Tech development team)
  Bill Sheffler (Tech development team)
  Erdem Taylan (Tech development team)
  Richard Thomson (Tech development team)
  Mark VandeWettering (Tech development team)
  John Warren (Tech development team)
  Brad West (Tech development team)
  Brad Winemiller (Tech development team)
  Andy Witkin (Tech development team)
  Adam Woodbury (Tech development team)
  Wayne Wooten (Tech development team)
Color Personnel: Terry Claborn (Col timer)
MPAA Rating: G
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: "Fandango," written by Bob Bain; "Psycho (the Murder)," written by Bernard Herrmann.
Songs: "The Girl from Ipanema," written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes and Norman Gimbel; "Beyond the Sea," written by Charles Louis Trenet, Albert Lasry and Jack Lawrence, performed by Robbie Williams, courtesy of EMI Records under license from EMI Film & TV Music; "Whale of a Tale," music by Al Hoffman, lyrics by Norman Gimbel.
Composer: Bob Bain
  Vinicius de Moraes
  Norman Gimbel
  Bernard Herrmann
  Al Hoffman
  Antonio Carlos Jobim
  Albert Lasry
  Jack Lawrence
  Charles Louis Trenet
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Pixar Talking Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Inc. 30/6/2003 dd/mm/yyyy PA0001146502

PCA NO: 39772
Physical Properties: Sd: SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; dts Digital Sound; Dolby Digital in selected theatres
  col: Technicolor
  Anim:
  Widescreen/ratio: PixarVision
  Lenses/Prints: Kodak

 
Genre: Comedy-drama
Sub-Genre: Animation
 
Subjects (Major): Aquariums
  Coral reefs
  Courage
  Fathers and sons
  Friendship
  Oceans
  Sea animals
  Voyages and travel
 
Subjects (Minor): Australians
  Dentists
  Eggs
  Escapes
  Handicapped
  Heroes
  Initiations (Into trades, societies, etc.)
  Jellyfishes
  Maturation
  Memory
  Mines, Military
  Nieces
  Pelicans
  Schools
  Self-sacrifice
  Sharks
  Submarine boats
  Sydney (Australia)
  Tests of character
  Turtles
  Whales and whaling
  Widowers
  Wounds and injuries

Note: The film ends with the statement: “For Glenn McQueen, 1960—2002.” As noted in the DVD version of the film, McQueen, a longtime supervising animator at Pixar Studios, created such characters as “Woody” from Toy Story . Closing credits include a lengthy roster of acknowledgments, which includes several administrative departments, a list of babies born during production, and institutions such as the Aquarium of the Pacific and the City and County of San Francisco. An additional recognition reads: “Special thanks, Adam P. Summers, Fabulous Fish Guy University of California—Irvine.”
       Press materials for the film state that Summers provided staff members with insights into marine life by holding “essentially graduate-level ichthyology courses.” The closing credits also mention Finding Nemo books, video games, merchandise and soundtrack availability. After the credits end, an animated epilogue features a small fish being pursued by a large predator, which the little fish eats, followed by the statement: “Created and produced at Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, California.” Several crew members also provided additional voices to the film, including writer-director Andrew Stanton, who provided the voice for “Crush.”
       The following information, unless otherwise noted, was gathered from studio press materials and information provided on the 2003 Finding Nemo Collector's Edition DVD release: Stanton first conceived the story of a father fish searching for his lost son during a 1992 visit to Marine World in Vallejo, CA. He combined his experience there with his memories of a fish tank in his dentist’s office, as well as his personal concerns about being an overprotective father to his son. Stanton co-wrote all four previous Pixar features and was the co-director of A Bug’s Life (1998). Finding Nemo marked his solo feature directing debut.
       A crew of 180 people at Pixar Studios performed all of the animation for the film. Pixar’s technical and creative team designed many new, innovative techniques to depict underwater imagery. Research and development began with identifying the key elements to underwater environments, including lighting, surge and reflections. Each animator was licensed in scuba diving for dives in Monterey and Hawaii, visited and studied various marine life aquariums, and watched Jacques Cousteau videos and underwater scenes in previous Walt Disney films, such as 1989’s The Little Mermaid , for inspiration.
       In addition to analyzing and recreating realistic fish motion, six technical teams, specializing in the different settings used in the film, developed the individualized underwater environments. For instance, the reef scenes used a stylized, vibrantly colorful look, while the jellyfish scenes used a shading system the animators called “transblurrency,” and the interior whale shots required constantly mobile, organic images of splashing water.
       Similarly, the underwater sound effects required a break with traditional Foley methods, which normally involves individuals approximating footsteps and other land-based noises utilizing ordinary materials. Many of the effects in Finding Nemo were manufactured, including the sound of “Marlin” and “Dory” bouncing on jellyfish, which sound designer Gary Rydstrom created by tapping his finger on a hot-water bottle. Other sounds were caught during real-life experiences, such as the dental drill sound, which was recorded while Rydstrom’s assistant, Dee Selby, had a cavity filled. In addition, according to a 26 Jun 2003 DV article, Rydstrom relied on the sound library at the Skywalker studios for extra sound effects, and introduced the Kyma digital signal processor, which merged digitally stored sounds with noises Rydstrom made with his mouth. This technology was used in the shark chase scene, for which the designer combined the word “Nemo” with water noises. Thomas Newman’s musical score was recorded with a 105-piece orchestra.
       The DVD adds that Stanton named the character of brat “Darla” after a producer of the 2002 Pixar film Monsters, Inc. , Darla Anderson, who frequently played practical jokes on the director. After three years of work on the film, the first preview screening took place in Oct 2002, and received the highest ratings in Pixar history. The DVD version of Finding Nemo includes several deleted scenes, including one in which Marlin tells “Nemo” about his old home and Nemo recalls his mother’s face; one in which the sharks play “ball” with a mine; and one in which Nemo learns that the story “Gill” told about his past was fabricated from a children’s book.
       Reviews of the film were uniformly admiring. The LAT critic commented on the “rapturous undersea-world-of-our-dreams colors” of the Great Barrier Reef and the “level of smarter-than-the-room humor noticeably wacky and sophisticated for studio family fare,” while Var called the film “a buoyant adventure that entertainingly continues the Disney/Pixar winning streak.”
       On 25 Aug 2003, DV reported that Finding Nemo ’s box office had at that point reached $329.8 million domestically, making it the top-grossing cartoon of all time. The picture’s success affected the already planned negotiations between Pixar and Disney, whose long-term distribution contract with the animation studio ends in 2005. [That contract affords Disney a distribution fee plus 50% of distribution-side box office in exchange for providing half of production costs for all Pixar features.] According to an 8 Aug 2003 LAT article, Pixar executive Steve Jobs wanted to be allowed to retain ownership of the studio’s films and pay Disney only a distribution fee. Although previous to Finding Nemo ’s success, Disney was reluctant to agree to the new terms, many trade articles noted that Pixar now had more hope of a favorable contract. The LAT piece quoted Jobs as saying that he would prefer “to stay tied to Disney” but would look elsewhere if necessary.
       When Disney released Finding Nemo on VHS and DVD on 4 Nov 2003, it set the first-day sales record for home video, with HR reporting an estimated eight million copies sold. In addition to being selected by AFI as one of the top ten films of 2003, Finding Nemo received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated in the categories of Original Screenplay, Original Score and Sound. The picture was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture—Musical or Comedy; was named best animated film of the year by The National Board of Review; was selected as one of the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s top ten films of the year as well as their pick for best animated film; and was listed on People and Newsweek magazines’ top ten lists of 2003. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   27 May 2003   p. 4, 16.
Daily Variety   3 Jun 2003   p. 6, 38.
Daily Variety   26 Jun 2003   p. B1, B4.
Daily Variety   29 Jul 2003.   
Daily Variety   25 Aug 2003   p. 36.
Entertainment Weekly   6 Jun 2003   pp. 53-54.
Hollywood Reporter   27 May 2003   p. 22, 68.
Hollywood Reporter   6 Nov 2003   p. 1, 35.
Los Angeles Times   25 May 2003   Calendar, p. 1, 13.
Los Angeles Times   30 May 2003   Calendar, p. 1, 12.
Los Angeles Times   8 Aug 2003   Calendar, p. 1, 9.
Time   26 May 2003   pp. 60-63.
Variety   26 May 2003.   

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