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* RingAroundTheCloseUp: Seen briefly on Nemo when Dory recognizes him and finds him.


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* RoundaboutShot: Seen briefly on Nemo when Dory recognizes him and finds him.

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* ActorAllusion: Peach, played by Creator/AllisonJanney (more famous for playing C.J. Cregg on ''Series/TheWestWing)'' announces that the dentist is about to do a root canal, bringing to mind the hilarious ''West Wing'' episode "Celestial Navigation".
** There are a couple of allusions (the song "Beyond the Sea" and the line "That's my boy.") to Creator/AlbertBrooks in ''My First Mister''

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* CompanyCrossReferences: [[Franchise/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear]] appears as one of the toys in the dentist's waiting room, a boy can be seen reading a [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]] comic book, and [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike Wazowski]] makes a cameo in the end credits.


* AdultFear: To a parent: your family is decimated before it even has a chance to begin. You lose the love of your life, and your innocent child is hurt. Years pass, and you try to protect your child as well as you know how -- and then a horrible, monstrous force steals your child away, and you lose all trace of them...
** And after journeying for days in search of said child, arriving to find them dead.

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* AdultFear: To a parent: The whole movie is made of it.
** Losing
your family is decimated before it even has a chance to begin. You lose entire family, including the love of your life, and your innocent child is hurt. Years pass, and you before it has a chance to begin.
** You
try so hard to protect your handicapped child as well as you know how -- and then that it ends up pushing them away... right into the arms of a horrible, monstrous force steals your kidnapper.
** Your
child away, is take from right under your nose and you lose all trace of them...
** And after journeying for days in search of said child, arriving
have no idea how to find them dead.them.
** Having your last conversation with a loved on be an argument.
** Despite your efforts, when you finally find your child, [[spoiler:they're dead]].

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* EldritchOceanAbyss: Marlin and Dory accidentally swim into deep waters and encounter an anglerfish, which almost eats them.

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* RingAroundTheCloseUp: Seen briefly on Nemo when Dory recognizes him and finds him.


* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Well, for animals only. The sharks are trying to reform. The jellyfish and seagulls are too stupid to be evil. The barracuda and the anglerfish, although both vicious killers, are hungry predators by nature, and are really just trying to get enough food to survive. Overall, though, the villains here ''are'' somewhat milder than those of other Pixar movies.

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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Well, Marlin may be an OverprotectiveDad, but he [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold means well]] for animals only. his son, the titular Nemo. Dory herself is a Ditz, but she comes off as a NiceGirl. Dr. Sherman took Nemo because he mistakenly believed he would not be able to survive on his own with a deformed fin, and Darla is a "fish-killer" because she is a child who doesn't know any better. The sharks are trying to reform. reform, and even then they're [[NiceGuy genuinely friendly.]] The jellyfish and seagulls are too stupid to be evil. The barracuda and the anglerfish, although both vicious killers, are hungry predators by nature, and are really just trying to get enough food to survive. Overall, though, the villains here ''are'' somewhat milder than those of other Pixar movies.

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* ParentsAreWrong: Nemo wants to be more adventurous but his dad Marlin is overprotective. Nemo ''does'' find himself in risky situations, but nevertheless the aesop of the climax is that Marlin needs to let go and allow Nemo to have more freedom.

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** A subtle one. The first time Nemo tries to jam the filter, it takes him two attempts. The first attempt to jam the filter fails when the pebble comes out. The second attempt is successful.

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** [[spoiler:Marlin screams Dory's name three times when he races back into the jellyfish forest to find her, and a fourth time when he sees her trapped.]]


** Marlin when he realises that while he made it out of the jellyfish forest, Dory didn't.

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** Marlin when he realises that while he made it out of the jellyfish forest, Dory didn't. [[spoiler:Dory didn't.]]


** "That's not a duck, it's a pelican!"

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** "That's not a duck, it's a a... pelican!"



** When Bruce is first seen, he turns around for a second and then [[JumpScare snaps his teeth right in Marlin and Dory's faces]]. He later goes into a feeding frenzy after smelling Dory's blood and tries to eat her and Marlin.



* GirlishPigtails: Darla

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* GirlishPigtails: DarlaDarla.



* HollywoodDarkness: Averted when Marlin and Dory are in tthe trench, which are absolutely pitch black until the anglerfish arrives. Played straight in the whale's mouth.

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* HollywoodDarkness: Averted when Marlin and Dory are in tthe the trench, which are absolutely pitch black until the anglerfish arrives. Played straight in the whale's mouth.



** Later at the end of scene, [[SeaMine just where the torpedo is going...]]
** Jellyfish area.
** Getting gulped by the whale. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he was just giving them a ride to Sydney Harbor.]]

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** Later at the end of scene, when the sharks see [[SeaMine just where the torpedo is going...]]
** Jellyfish area.
** Getting gulped by
Marlin and Dory seeing the whale. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he was just giving them a ride to Sydney Harbor.]]submarine falling towards them.



** "Mine?"

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** "Mine?"Marlin and Dory when they suddenly see they're surrounded by jellyfish.
** Marlin when he realises that while he made it out of the jellyfish forest, Dory didn't.
** Nemo, then the rest of the Tank Gang, when the filter starts working again with Nemo still inside it.
** Getting gulped by the whale. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he was just giving them a ride to Sydney Harbor.]]


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** "That's not a duck, it's a... pelican!"


** Deb and Flo, or "ebb and flow," the two phases of the tides.

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** Deb introduces herself as "your auntie Deb", then introduces her "sister", making them Deb and Flo, or "ebb and flow," the two phases of the tides.tides. Also, "Aunt Flo" is a colloquial term referring to the menstrual cycle.


This movie is notable for being Pixar's most commercially successful feature[[note]]let alone a G-rated one[[/note]] until ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', but it's still one of the highest-grossing animated movies ever made as well as the highest-selling DVD ''ever''. It also started Disney's [[OscarBait Oscar-winning streak]] and was honored with a Disney Digital 3D [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie re-release]]. It didn't exactly hurt the tourism trade in Australia, either. A sequel, titled ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', was released on June 17, 2016, and it seems very possible that there are more stories set in the ''Finding'' universe yet to come.

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This movie is notable for being Pixar's most commercially successful feature[[note]]let alone a G-rated one[[/note]] until ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', but it's still one of the highest-grossing animated movies ever made as well as the highest-selling DVD ''ever''. It also started Disney's [[OscarBait Oscar-winning streak]] and was honored with a Disney Digital 3D [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie re-release]]. It didn't exactly hurt the tourism trade in Australia, either. A sequel, titled ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', was released on June 17, 2016, and it seems very possible that there are more stories set in the ''Finding'' universe yet to come.2016.

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** A marlin is a type of billfish. While Marlin the clownfish doesn't resemble his namesake in looks, billfish are notorious for their highly-stressed temperament- so much so that even being removed from the water can cause them to die of panic.

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