5 Things You Never Knew About ‘Finding Dory’

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Finding Dory is a People’s Choice Awards 2017 nominee for “Favorite Movie.” Check out all of our Surprising Facts features on the “Favorite Movie” nominees here! Update: Voting is now closed. See the original post below. 

Finding Nemo fans have been clamoring for a sequel for over a decade, so it seems quite fitting that it didn’t take long for Finding Dory to swim into our hearts.

The 2016 animated film finds Dory (once again voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) searching for the family she lost many years ago. What follows is a daring adventure that takes her on a journey to find the home she came from.

Critically, the film was a huge success, but more importantly, we’re all the more convinced after seeing the movie multiple times that like many other Pixar films, Finding Dory is a story that’ll stay with us forever.

In honor of our favorite little Blue Tang fish, we’re bringing you five fun facts about Finding Dory that are sure to please any fan of the film! Check them out below!

1. It’s the highest grossing animated movie ever.
There’s no denying that fans came out in droves for Finding Dory when the film hit theaters. That’s probably why it swam straight to the top of the box office charts.

In fact, according to Box Office Mojo, the film had a lifetime gross of over $486 million, which officially makes it the highest grossing animated movie of all time. Prior to that, 2004’s Shrek 2 held the record by grossing $441.2 million at the box office.

2. It took animators two years to complete one of Hank the octopus’ most memorable scenes.
Hank is undoubtedly one of our favorite characters from Finding Dory, but it turns out bringing the grumpy, seven-legged octopus to life was a challenge in and of itself! According to CNET, it took animators two years to complete the scene in which Hank reveals himself from the painting he’s hiding in front of before climbing out, blending into a white wall, and then finally making his way into the kitchen.

According to character supervisor Jeremie Talbot, the “drippy, squishy motion” that Hank embodies was one of the trickiest things to animate!

3. There was a mini The Wire reunion embedded into the film.
Idris Elba and Dominic West may have opponents on the early 2000s crime drama, The Wire, but the actors were a united front when Pixar reunited the pair for Finding Dory.

Together, Elba and West play the unforgettable Fluke and Rudder in the film— a pair of sea lions who are just a tad too protective of the rock they like to sunbathe on. It was definitely fun to see these two working together again— even if it was only in voice form!

4. Ed O’Neill originally thought his part was just going to be a cameo.
Ed O’Neill, who voices Hank in the film, revealed during a Finding Dory cast appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he originally thought his part was going to be much smaller in the film. It turns out, the reason for this was because when Pixar approached him to voice the grumpy octopus, they didn’t have a script to show him. This lead O’Neill to assume his part was merely going to be a small appearance.

“I thought it was a cameo— you know, four hour session [but] it doesn’t seem to end,” explained O’Neill. It turns out, the actor only realized it was a bigger part after Pixar kept having him come back i to read more lines!

“I thought, ‘Gee, I guess it’s a bigger part.’ I didn’t know!” said O’Neill.

5. They’re not rolling out a third installment of the series.
Dory may have found her happily ever after at the end of Finding Dory, but while our favorite little blue fish’s tale might be over, directer Andrew Stanton isn’t ruling out diving back in for another under the sea adventure.

According to Cinema Blend, the director says that while he feels as though this was “the missing piece” to Dory’s story, he could see how the adventure could continue.

“I’ve stopped saying never for anything because there are a lot of new characters that get introduced and we’ve broadened the universe for this movie,” said Stanton. “To my knowledge, I think everything that was born of the first movie is wrapped up. But we’ll see.”


Finding Dory is nominated for Favorite Movie at People’s Choice Awards 2017 alongside Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Zootopia, and Suicide Squad. Tune in to the show on Wednesday, Jan. 18 on CBS to find out which movie wins! Update: See the full list of People’s Choice Awards 2017 winners here.

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