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Finding Dory has finally opened in the US — 13 years after the release of Finding Nemo — and has seen great success so far, smashing the Thursday opening release record. Finding Dory doesn't drop till the 29th of July in Ireland (where I am), so us Irish have to wait a considerable amount of time to see the new Pixar installment. Until then I'm going to look at some things you might not have known about Dory's predecessor, Finding Nemo!

Check out the trailer for Finding Dory to get in the mood:

1. There's a Jaws Nod in The Form of Bruce!

When Jaws (1979) was filming, the model used for the shark was given the nickname Bruce, because Steven Spielberg's lawyer shared the same name (Bruce M. Ramer). This gives a whole new meaning to why the menacing great white shark in Finding Nemo is called Bruce.

2. It's The Biggest Selling DVD of All Time!

We may not be living in a world that depends on DVDs as much anymore, but that doesn't discredit the record Finding Nemo achieved with having the biggest selling DVD of all time! The film has sold a colossal 41 million copies worldwide; a figure which was bolstered by the Blu-ray released nine years after the film's release in 2012.

3. Andrew Stanton Wrote a Script Very Early

Andrew Stanton, the writer and director of Finding Nemo, is the man who truly believed in this film from the start. When film was going through pre-production, to fully understand what the film was going to be about, Andrew already had a script written! Talk about dedication.

4. This Movie Features Three Other Pixar Characters!

Pixar is known to be the top dog when it comes to Easter Eggs and this 2003 animation is no exception. Finding Nemo features three other Pixar characters, some of which are harder to see than others. Take a look at them below!

A kid reading a Mr. Incredible comic!
A kid reading a Mr. Incredible comic!
Luigi from Cars driving down the street (Image source: j.whyville.net)
Luigi from Cars driving down the street (Image source: j.whyville.net)
Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story! (Image source: http://www.m-magazine.com)
Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story! (Image source: http://www.m-magazine.com)

Which Easter Egg is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

5. The Director Voices One of The Best Characters!

One of the most memorable characters from the Finding franchise is the character Crush; but did you know he is voiced by director Andrew Stanton? He provided his voice for the character in early screenings for a rough cut, but when his vocals went down well with audiences, he stayed on for the rest of the movie! The lines he provided were recorded from the couch in his office to get that real, relaxed voice.

6. Two Characters Are Named After Streets Near Pixar's Home!

In a Pixar movie, you can be sure that there's going to be a meaning behind everything, and the names of the two main characters are no exception. Both Marlin and Dory are named after streets in the area around Redwood City near Pixar's home. The streets are named Dory Lane and Marlin Drive.

7. It Only Took One Word To Green-light Finding Nemo!

Finding Nemo really was a passion project for director Andrew Stanton, and when he tirelessly pitched the idea for the film to Pixar's chief creative officer, John Lasseter, said at the end of Stanton's pitch that it only took the word "fish" to persuade him!

8. Dogs Were Used to Help Animate The Fish!

Pixar's animators are among the best in the world. They had to do extensive research in the depths of the sea to give a real feel to the ocean, but one problem they encountered while animating was mastering the characters' eyes. Apparently, they came off dull and lifeless in pre-production, so the crew looked to dogs' eyes for inspiration.

Okay guys, so there you have it. Were there any facts there you never heard before? The Pixar easter eggs are by far my favorite part of these movies and it's interesting to see them as far back as Finding Nemo from 2003! If you guys liked this article, drop a comment or share the article to your friends!

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