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Milk the Franchise | October 21, 2017

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Finding Nemo

RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2016
DIRECTOR: Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane
SCREENPLAY: Andrew Stanton
STORY BY: Victoria Strouse, Andrew Stanton
PRODUCERS: Lindsey Collins
CAST: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe, Vicki Lewis, Kaitlen Olsen, Idris Elba, Dominic West
MUSIC: Thomas Newmann
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Motion Pictures
OFFICIAL SITE:  Finding Nemo


Director Andrew Stanton was against making a sequel to the 2003 animated Finding Nemo. He stated to the Los Angeles Times “There was polite inquiry from Disney [about a Finding Nemo sequel]. I was always ‘No sequels, no sequels.’ But I had to get on board from a VP standpoint. (Sequels) are part of the necessity of our staying afloat, but we don’t want to have to go there for those reasons. We want to go there creatively, so we said (to Disney), ‘Can you give us the timeline about when we release them? Because we’d like to release something we actually want to make, and we might not come up with it the year you want it.’
Interestingly, the film’s ending was revised after Pixar executive viewed the controversial documentary Blackfish, a film detailing the affects of orca whales kept in captivity in SeaWorld marine parks. The original ending had some of the characters end up in a marine park. The new ending pushed the film’s release back seven months from November 25, 2015 to June 17, 2016.
Ellen DeGeneres told People magazine on August 14, 2015, “Well, it means a lot to me because it is a really sweet character. And she’s flawed, and I think that it’s important for kids to grow up and see flawed characters that are lovable and that really, no matter if they make mistake after mistake, they have a little surrounding pack, like a friendship with all these other fish that they travel with that forgive her. And even though they’re frustrated with her, they love her.”


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