Fridge: Finding Nemo

Fridge Brilliance
  • Before Nemo touches the boat and Marlin berates him for doing so, Nemo quitely tells Marlin that he hates him. This becomes a tear jerker when you remember that in the very first scene, Marlin asked Coral if any of his kids would hate him, and Coral replied, "One of them is bound to like you."
  • In Finding Nemo, Gil calls Nemo "Sharkbait" as a nickname. "Sharkbait" is a synonym for "Chum." Gil is a Crazy-Prepared driven genius with a penchant for overly elaborate plans. Gil is Batman.
    • He's also a Moorish idol, a type of fish infamous for taking really poorly to captivity. If it wasn't a deliberate bonus on Pixar's part for viewers who would know, it's interesting to note. And an extra point of already strong irony for the Red Stapler Effect the movie suffered from.
  • Gil was voiced by William Dafoe, who also played Jesus Christ in "The Last Temptation of Christ". It is known that early Christians depicted Christ as a fish.
  • Why didn't Nemo's name trigger (fish pun!) Dory's memories? She kept forgetting it the entire way to Sydney! The fact that she can remember the "Fish are friends" pledge also shows that this time, it stuck.
    • Her memory only really started to "live on" after she started reading. She remembers what she reads, not so much what she hears. That's why Sidney triggered her memories and not Nemo. She'd never read the word Nemo.
  • On that note, why does Dory have short-term memory loss anyway? At first, I thought it was just elaborating on her character, but then I remembered that fish only have a memory span of three seconds! Granted, Dory's memory span is longer, but it was still some Fridge Brilliance for this troper.
    • Fish have a much longer memory span than just three seconds.
    • Yes. But to answer the question, the commentary claims that Dory's memory problem wasn't just to create a goofy sidekick, but to give Marlin a surrogate child-figure for his part of the story, just as Nemo had a surrogate father-figure for his part of the story.
    • Fish having a memory span of three seconds is a classic Animal Stereotype that Pixar probably intentionally played on.
  • It's easy to miss, but when the dentist holds up Darla's picture to show it to Nemo, notice how his thumb is covering the image of the dead fish in the bag.
  • Why were Crush and the rest of the turtles there to save Marlin and Dory from the jellyfish swarm? Sea Turtles are predators of jellyfish in real life. That swarm would be the EAC's equivalent of a McDonalds for the turtles.
  • Crush implies that his father is still alive when he tells Marlin "Mr. Turtle is my father."
  • Why is Peach's gender still debated? IRL starfish are hermaphrodites!
  • As I was watching the movie the other night, I noticed that Nemo was given the nickname "Shark Bait" when he was initiated into tankhood. I started to notice that it's highly likely something similar happened to the other tank members and that their names are simply nicknames given to them from joining. For example, the tank gang gave the yellow fish the title "Bubbles" because, well, he likes bubbles.
  • The sharks' dislike of humans is understandable considering how humans kill hundreds of sharks each year mostly because they are afraid of them (thanks to a certain movie).
    • Also, Anchor and Chum's hatred of dolphins makes more sense when you realize dolphins gang up on sharks and beat them to death. For fun.

Fridge Horror
  • This article by Cracked about clownfish's mating habits. shudder
    • Seeing as the clownfish (and all the other sea creatures) can communicate in English, blink, and have human emotions, it is safe to conclude that the story takes place in an Alternate Universe, in which the mating habits of the clownfish hew closely to those of humans.
  • The other fish from the dentist's office manage to get out to the ocean, too...inside plastic bags. No one else knows they're out there, and the oxygen in those bags isn't going to last forever. Even if it did, there's no food in the bags. The fish themselves aren't strong enough to break the bags - even the shrimp's pincers would have a hard time getting a grip from the inside; the only thing that's getting them out is a bigger fish...who is presumably interested in eating them. Either way - suffocation, starvation, or predation - the other fish are likely dead (and let's not even go into how a pet shop fish is going to survive in the wild if they somehow did manage to break free).
    • The horror is diminished, however, as they show up during the end credits.
    • They also reassure each other by saying "it's only an outtake"
    • Pufferfish have jaws strong enough to chew their way out of a shark's stomach. Bloat just has to get free first, then they'll be fine.
  • It's scary enough seeing a lifeless Dory in the tentacles of the jellyfish, but then you figure that if Marlin hadn't gotten to her sooner, she would have likely been consumed.
  • After Marlin witnesses a supposedly dead Nemo, he's depressed and leaves Dory near the reef. When Dory finds Nemo and remembers his identity she learns from a crab that Marlin went to "The Fishing Ground." Given that the crab specifically calls it that, if Marlin knew what it was called it was likely he was going there specifically to commit suicide.
    • Certainly creepy to think about, but how would Marlin have known that?
  • More of a Fridge Tear Jerker, but it's pretty awful when you realize that if Coral had just gone back inside the anemone like Marlin told her to, she and the eggs would likely have been fine, seeing as it was her swimming towards them that got the barracuda's attention. (And, as has been pointed out elsewhere, barracudas don't even eat eggs, normally. It probably would have left them alone.)

Fridge Logic

  • Since the tank fish wanted to escape so badly, how come they didn't just ask Nigel to snatch them all up in his beak and fly away while the dentist wasn't looking?