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  • Adaptation Displacement: Even though the film itself is well known and not based off of anything pre-existing, frequent visitors to Disney's Animal Kingdom who have seen the stage show adaptation Finding Nemo: The Musical find it easy to forget that Finding Nemo is not, in fact, a musical. Popping in the DVD after only seeing The Musical for a while causes a surprise that songs such as "In the Big Blue World" and "Go with the Flow" are not actually in the movie proper.
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  • 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 Oscar winning 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.
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  • Award Snub: Even though the film won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it failed to receive a nomination for Best Picture, despite overwhelmingly positive reviews. There are also some who would argue that Ellen DeGeneres was robbed of a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack is just amazing, but special mention goes to the iconic "Nemo Egg" theme. It's too beautiful for words.
    • Thomas Newman seems to sample some of his score from The Shawshank Redemption during the "Keep swimming" scene.
    • "Haiku", the piece played when Marlin and Dory are in the whale. Hauntingly sad and beautiful at once.
  • Designated Villain: Its clear that Darla is just a child with no real understanding that she's killing the fish she likes so much. However, the movie clearly depicts her as creepy and ultimately humiliates her, while her uncle (who is indulging this behaviour and ultimately stops the fish from escaping intentionally) gets scott-free.
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  • Ear Worm: "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...". Marlin even lampshades this!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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!". In the sequel, she is given more lines.
    • The shark trio, too!
    • And probably the biggest Darkhorse is Crush, dude.
    • Squirt. "Remember, rip it, roll it, and punch it".
    • And the random crab who nearly gets eaten by the seagulls, then proceeds to confuse them with Funny Bruce Lee Noises and karate moves before jumping back into the water.
    • Pearl the flapjack octopus is very popular in merchandising, despite not having that much screentime. In fact, the McDonald's Happy Meal set has her often mistaken for a jellyfish.
  • Fountain of Memes: Dory. There's a reason that the Funny Moments page on this Wiki has an entire folder dedicated to her.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This throw-away line by Dory during her meeting with Marlin, after the release of Finding Dory (at least one of the trailers for Dory even included this):
    "Yeah, I forget things almost instantly. It runs in my family... at least I think it does. Hmm, where are they?"
  • Genius Bonus: Real dentists will be amused by the references to real dentistry procedures Peach made when reporting what happened in the office.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This movie is one of several others that have been dubbed in the Navajo language to promote it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe. "There's over 400 eggs. Odds are one of them is bound to like you." Considering what happens later in the scene, and Nemo's later line, "I hate you"... Ouch.
    • Also, Dory's mentioning of her family and then wondering where they are.
  • Hilariousin Hindsight:
  • Memetic Badass: Marlin becomes an in-universe one as his misadventures become more and more construed due to oral reports.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
    • "First you were like "Whoa!," and we were like "WHOA!" , then you were like "Whoa...."
    • Squishynote 
    • 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."
    • 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??
    • "He touched the butt!"
    • "Fish are friends—not food!" (Especially popular among animal rights activists, for obvious reasons....)
    • During that scene when a purple fish falls off a sponge bed and cries, it's become popular to replace the wailing sound with another scream sound.
    • "Esssssssssssss-CAPAY!"
    • Bloat's "Now what?"
  • Misaimed Fandom: The filmmakers probably did not intend to start a trend of kids buying cute little orange fish and then flushing them down the toilet. All drains do NOT lead to the ocean! And even if they do, there's something nasty filtration blades along the way...
    • Let alone that the movie had sparked an interest in moorish idols due to Gill being a badass, totally ignoring not only all his attempts to get free, but also the very real issue that this kind of fish does very poorly in small aquariums.
  • 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.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Moonfishes. It helps that their voice actor is John Ratzenberger.
    • The Barracuda, a truly terrifying Knight of Cerebus that's on screen for maybe forty seconds.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Dorlin for Dory/Marlin.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The tie-in console game adaptation was a pretty uninspired Gameplay Roulette game, with lousy visuals, Loads and Loads of Loading, and mediocre gameplay. It tried way too hard to keep with the movie shot-for-shot, which really constrained the scope of the game.
  • 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.
  • Signature Scene: Marlin and Dory with Crush and the sea turtles while riding the EAC.
  • Squick: The Tank Gang and Nemo swimming around the muck-filled tank after sabotaging the filter. It's pretty clear they're swimming among their own waste. Made worse when we see Bloat eating it.
    • Bruce sniffing Dory's blood as it travels up his nose may have this effect on some viewers.
  • Uncanny Valley: Yes, even five movies in, and with brain-crappingly amazing water effect that have come a long way since Toy Story, Pixar still hadn't gotten rid of that pesky "plastic human" look.
    • 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Holy crap! This is one of Pixar's most eye-catching films. The water, reefs, and animals are all animated beautifully.
    • Humorously, early test animations of Nigel flying were scrapped because he looked too real.
  • What an Idiot!: The dentist plans on offering Nemo to his young niece as a gift. Unfortunately Darla is an uneducated Spoiled Brat who accidentally killed her last fish when she wouldn't stop shaking the bag.
    You'd Expect: The dentist to offer her something she can't accidentally kill, or at least teach her how to properly care for her pets to ensure the same thing doesn't happen again.
    Instead: He decides to go ahead and offer Nemo to her anyway.
  • 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 and Marlin throughout the whole movie. The Tank Gang even lampshade this about Nemo in the first tank scene.
    • Despite her memory problems, Dory manages to stay positive and optimistic most of the time, but towards the end, when Marlin leaves her, she is very much a straightforward version of this. And that's not counting the second film, in which not only is she is a Woobie throughout, but it's revealed that she has been one her entire life.
    • While it's Played for Laughs, you can't help but feel bad for Bruce when he breaks down about not knowing his father.
    • Nigel in his final appearence. As he returns Marlin and Dory to the ocean, he clearly feels terrible about leading Marlin to a dead Nemo and can only apologize. As he is never shown finding out that Nemo is alive and was reunited with Marlin, this would seemingly be a particularly tragic case, considering he would live with that burden for the rest of his life. However, it is extremely possible, if not outright probable, that his friends the Tank Gang, who could attest to Nemo's survival and escape to the ocean, will clear things up for him before long.


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