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YMMV: Finding Nemo
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Noting the similarities with Taken, some have conjectured that Marlin is always perfectly aware and in control of the situation, and is a Manipulative Bastard willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to get his son back. The film is equally enjoyable to watch with this mindset.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney, stated publicly that he thought Pixar would be taken down a peg by this film's probable failure. Instead, the film became a megasmash hit that outgrossed The Lion King which happened at the worst possible time for him in not only undermining his reputation for his skill in the entertainment business, but it also came out near the end of Disney's contract with Pixar, putting the studio in a position of unassailable strength after a string of five consecutive blockbuster hits and owned by Steve Jobs, who loathed Eisner. At this threat of this movie powerhouse going to their competitors, the Board of Directors got rid of Eisner in part to placate Jobs.
    • Strawman Has a Point: Some who were involved with the production have said that Eisner's comments were understandable given the rough first cut he viewed, which had the fate of Nemo's mother and siblings revealed over time in flashbacksnote , Gill was a more untrustworthy character that unnecessarily muddled up the second act, and William H. Macy was voicing Marlinnote  Of course, the undercurrent of Eisner's comments was that he was rooting for the film to flop so he could have the leverage in negotiations, but the film, like Toy Story before it, needed to undergo changes before it became the universally beloved film everyone knows.
  • Asexual: Dory, at least conceivably. Never shows any romantic attraction to any other character, and seems to live in a world all of her own.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The iconic "Nemo Egg" theme. It's too beautiful for words.
  • Ear Worm: "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The seagulls. "Mine?"
    • Tad, the fish that says "I'm obnoxious".
    • The fish with the lisp that shouts "Oh my gosh! Nemo's swimming out to SEA!"
    • The shark trio, too!
    • And probably the biggest Darkhorse is Crush, dude.
    • Squirt. "Remember, rip it, roll it, and punch it".
  • Fountain of Memes: Dory.
  • Genius Bonus: Real dentists will be amused by the references to real dentistry procedures Peach made when reporting what happened in the office.
  • Memetic Badass: Marlin becomes an in-universe one as his misadventures become more and more construed due to oral reports.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • SHARKBAIT, BOO HA HA!
    • MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!
    • CURSE YOU AQUASCUM!!!
    • "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
    • "First you were like "Whoa!," and we were like "WHOA!" , then you were like "Whoa...."
    • The Internet delights in making the film sound like a horror film: "An optimistic young family is brutally attacked by a serial killer. The mother is murdered and eaten, along with all her children, the father is traumatized, and their only remaining son is physically disabled. Years later, that son is kidnapped and his father must track him down with the help of a mentally disabled woman."
      • Almost even more memetic, pointing out that Clownfish are sequential hermaphrodites and reproduce with their family members in time of emergency.
    • After the 3D re-release, a new meme was sprouted: Marlin appearing randomly screaming "HAVE YOU SEEN MY SON??" in various pictures and other movies.
    Walk into the club like HAVE YOU SEEN MY SON??
  • Moe: The baby sea turtles, particularly Squirt.
    Marlin: "Look, you're really cute, but I have no idea what you're saying!!"
  • Nightmare Retardant: The aforementioned Bruce the Shark, when you realise he's played by Dame freaking Edna.
    • It's also pretty awesome to think that those two characters come from the same actor.
  • She Really Can Act: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory. Special mention has to go to her "I look at you and I'm home" speech.
    • The DVD commentary said that the take they used was her second one - by the end of recording the first one, she was crying so much because she thought she had ruined the line, and she had to take a break. By the second try, she was still distraught over the first take. An example of accidental method acting.
  • Uncanny Valley: Those darn humans... Though Pixar has come a long way since Toy Story
    • Watch near the end when the characters are escaping the net. Everything but Nemo, Dory and Marlin looks completely realistic those three just seem out of place.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Peach is female, but she has an androgynous voice.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Slaughter in the first five minutes, harsh reminders about the true nature of an ocean ecology (i.e. brutal and unforgiving), a missing child kidnapped and placed in a small confined space with creatures driven insane by their confinement and isolation, a neurotic father whose traumatic death of his partner scarred him for life, and an amnesiac with modified forms of both anterograde and retrograde amnesia who holds no memory of her identity? Yep. Sounds like a kid's movie. This is one of those rare times when it's not the individual content of the scenes that act as a Parental Bonus but the context and serious subject matter that underlie it when translated to a human perspective.
  • The Woobie: Nemo, Marlin and Dory. Especially Nemo in the first tank scene.
    Deb: Aw, he's scared to death!

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