On September 14, 2012, Finding Nemo 3D swims onto the big screen, immersing the next generation of clownfish fans in Pixar's underwater world. Its been nine years since Nemo originally graced movie theaters. Disney·Pixar's 3D re-release gives this generation of little hatchlings their own chance to get caught in the current for the first time.
Whether its the first time or the fiftieth screening, Finding Nemo has dozens of entertaining Pixar secrets and hidden details to search for on the big screen.
After being placed in the aquarium, Nemo looks out into the waiting room and sees a Buzz Lightyear action figure and toy plane from Pixar Studios' Toy Story (1995). Behind Buzz is the dentist office's toy chest, hidden inside (upper left of opening) are Mike Wazowski's plush Little Mikey from Monsters, Inc. (2001) and the red star beach ball from the short film Luxo Junior (1986).
As Gil goes over his escape plans with Nemo, he envisions the aquarium covered in green filth. An algae covered Sunny, from the Award-Winning Pixar short Knick Knack (1989), appears as the figurehead on the aquarium's pirate ship.
The Pizza Planet Truck featured in Toy Story (1995), has appeared in every Pixar Studios animated feature except The Incredibles (2004). The iconic yellow delivery truck is seen through the eyes of a bagged fish, as Gil continues to discuss the aquarium escape.
In addition to remembering prior films, Pixar's animators have a tradition of recognizing upcoming works with secret cameos. Brad Bird's The Incredibles (2004) earned a Finding Nemo cameo, as the next planned Pixar release. As the dentist and a screaming Darla deal with Nigel, Gil and Nemo, a young patient in the waiting room reads a super Mr. Incredible comic book.
Another pre-release cameo features Luigi, the Casa Della Tires shop owner from Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). The yellow Italian Fiat appears just before the Finding Nemo credits, driving by Gil and the escaping aquarium fish.
To fish for bigger audiences, Disney·Pixar will also release its newest short Partysaurus Rex (2012) with Finding Nemo 3D. The Toy Story-inspired short features the short-armed Rex as a mean, green, party animal. Don't forget to keep those eyes open for a few more Pixar secrets and details, like Bonnie's Sulley patterned, furry toilet seat cover.