Box Office Bomb: The Wild was this domestically - its budget was $80 million but its North American gross was $37,384,046. (Its worldwide gross, however, helped it break even with a total of $102,338,515.) Any ideas from now ex-Disney boss Michael Eisner that Disney could move on without Pixar were quietly locked up after this movie; by the time it hit theatres, Pixar was already a newly-bought Disney subsidiary.
Samson and Bridget were going be named Alexander and Patches respectively.
Concept art for the film has shown lots of cut characters.
Originally, all the characters would be suffering delusions out at sea instead of just Nigel. Larry would think a rope was his uncle, Bridget would be eating said rope for food, Benny would act like a parrot, and Samson would be getting blurry vision while steering the boat.
Samson was originally going to have a wife named Jelena. She was presumably cut to streamline the relationship between Samson and Ryan so more focus could be put on them. There is only one deleted scene she shows up in where she has a conversation with Benny. Her character model ended up being reused for three lionesses who attack Kazar in his backstory.
This is one of the last films (if not the last film, period) to open with a variation of the 1985/1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo; when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opened, it had the fully animated WDP logo on it.