Finding Nemo

Corrected entry: Bruce The Shark could not possibly have known that sea mines explode. To him, they'd be globes of metal bobbing about. If one of the mines in that minefield had gone off - allowing Bruce to see what a mine does - they would all have exploded. The shock wave underwater would have detonated all the mines - it's called a sympathetic or adiabatic explosion. Even if Bruce survived the experience, the minefield and wrecked submarine wouldn't have.

Correction: How could he not possibly have known? It may be information that was imparted to him, much like he imparts it to the other characters. Or, considering it's estimated that Great Whites may live for 100 years or longer, he may have witnessed a mine explode at another in his life (like during WW2). Finally, under perfect conditions, one mine may detonate all the remaining mines, but perfect conditions don't always exist.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After Marlin's wife, Coral, gets eaten in the beginning of the film, Marlin should have changed to a female clownfish while introducing a secondary male into the anemone. This is because clownfish are born hermaphrodites, but children watching this movie might get a little confused.


Correction: If this is a deliberate mistake, then I suppose it's also a deliberate mistake that Marlin speaks. And blinks. And has higher brain functions.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: The three sharks said they were vegetarians. Bruce said their motto was, "Fish are our friends, not food." Sharks need to eat fish or they'll die. So, it's impossible for sharks not to eat fish.


Correction: Sharks can't talk, either. Neither do stingrays teach small fish of all kinds, and turtles are not surfer like hippies. It's a kid's cartoon, the exact dietary requirements of sharks don't really have to play into it.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: When Marlin and Dori are at the sharks' house, the bombs blow up with huge flames. That's not possible, since you can't have fire without oxygen.

Correction: Flames are possible underwater because mines contain chemicals with oxygen within the structure of the fuel.

Corrected entry: Dory's flashback sequence after she meets Nemo includes a shot of Nemo being captured by the scuba diver. But Dory wasn't there to see it and wouldn't have had any memory of it (even if she could remember).

Correction: Marlin told her what happened to Nemo and how he was captured.

You can't tell someone something and that person remember it as you do. She would've had to be there to see it the way Marlin did, but she wasn't.

She remembered Marlin telling her what happened to Nemo. How exactly do you expect them to show us that if not the actual scene? Doesn't mean she remembers that scene, it's telling us she remembers he had been captured.


Corrected entry: Jacques the cleaner shrimp is in a lot of trouble. He is sharing an aquarium with Bloat, a long-spined porcupine fish. Shrimp and other crustaceans are their favourite food.

Correction: Suspension of disbelief. Sharks eat fish, and don't try to rehabilitate themselves to not eating fish. Besides I'm sure the others would have convinced Bloat not to eat Jacques.


Corrected entry: When Nemo first finds himself in the fish tank, the starfish tries to report the dentist's actions but her voice is muffled by the glass pane. She has to pull away to talk. However, when the other fish watch the dentist, the starfish is talking perfectly normally and not muffled, even though she's pressed up against the glass again. (00:27:25)

Correction: Not exactly. If you look closely, you'll see the starfish doesn't have her mouth completely against the glass when she informs the tank about the dentist. Since we aren't shown an outer shot of the starfish's muffled voice before, it can be assumed she had her mouth right against the glass the first time.

Corrected entry: The name and address on the diver's goggles are P. Sherman, but when Nigel comes to tell Nemo in the tank that his Dad is on the way, he calls the dentist Diver Dan. The goggles have to belong to the dentist because the other diver has blue goggles.


Correction: This is simply a nickname from Nigel, nothing more. Diver Dan is a 1960s TV series.

Brad Premium member

Corrected entry: If you look at Bruce the shark it looks like he has three sets of bottom teeth and only one set of top teeth. (00:25:15)


Correction: Not one species of aquatic life in this entire movie is anatomically correct. It's a cartoon, that's just the style in which it was made, not a mistake.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where the water in the whale is going down, Marlin asks the whale, "Do I taste good, Moby?" a reference to the popular whale book, Moby Dick.

Correction: Far too obvious to be trivia.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Mr Ray arrives at the school near the start of the film the kids all scream his name, after which one child is heard saying 'Come on, Nemo'. Nemo had not introduced himself and nobody else had told them his name.

Correction: When Nemo meets the little squid, seahorse and other fish, he would have introduced himself then; there was plenty of time for him to have made introductions in the time that his father was talking with the other parents.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bruce the shark takes Dory and Marlin to the sunken submarine, you can see Marlin through Bruce's fin.

Correction: I realize that it looks exactly like Bruce's fin is translucent. However, if you pay attention to the direction of his fin movements, his fin goes down far enough that we can see Marlin IN FRONT of it and not through it.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Marlin is taking Nemo to his first day of school, they pass two fish playing keep-away with a hermit crab's seashell. In the next shot the fish and crab are in the background still making the "keep-away" motions, but the shell is gone.

Correction: These are two different fish and a different crab. The "keep-away motions" are simply the fish jumping with excitement.

Corrected entry: At the start when Marlin takes Nemo into the school playground there is a shot of two fish bullying some kind of shelled sea creature, in the next shot behind Nemo the two fish bullies are a different colour.

Correction: These are two different fish and a different crab.

Corrected entry: After the Jellyfish adventure, Marlin and Dori are with the turtles. Marlin swims and sees Dori is in the turtle's shell, and she says: "29...30.", and then she starts seeking for the baby turtles. Earlier (and later) in the movie, you can notice that she forgets things in a few seconds. If she has such bad memory, how did she manage to count up to 30 without forgetting that she was playing "hide and seek" with the baby turtles?

Correction: Having Marlin around Dori's memory steadily improved as she states later on in the film. The best example of her improving memory was the fact she remembered the address of where they were going for almost the entire journey. Remembering what game she was playing and how far to count to 30 wasn't too far of a stretch at this point.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: All of the fish in the tank in the dentist's office come from the ocean, so it must be a saltwater tank. However Giggles, the fish that Darla killed in the picture, is a goldfish. Goldfish live in fresh water, and wouldn't be able to live in salt water.

Correction: There isn't much evidence to say that he kept the goldfish in that tank. All we know is Darla had the fish and probably had a tank at her house. The dentist never talked about having that fish, he just had a picture of Darla and the goldfish.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: With more than 400 dead - if you count the eggs and "Coral" - this is the Disney movie with the highest body count.

Correction: I disagree - take Mulan for example, with the Hun army (count in thousands), most of the Chinese army, the villagers (they found no survivors), the firework attendants. Other good candidates would be "Atlantis: the lost empire" (2001) where an entire city with thousands of people are drowned, and "Dinosaur" (2000) where a meteorite hits, causing climate change and killing millions of dinosaurs (off-screen, admittedly).

Corrected entry: When Nemo is going through the plumbing pipe, he escapes through one of the air holes at the top of the pipe. But he would've been in the bottom portion of the pipe with the water, not on top with the air. Even if he did jump at one of the holes, there wouldn't have been any suction powerful enough to pull him through.

Correction: When we see Nemo travelling through the piping system, he is above sea level. Once under water (below sea level) the pipes are completely filled with water, except for the few bubbles of air we see.


Correction: I heard this mistake elsewhere and I checked - the shrimp (Jacques) is there, just hidden behind some of the others, he is towards the left of the screen, I believe he is behind Bloat and Deb, but I'm not 100% sure.

Corrected entry: The divers who capture Nemo return to their boat, which displays the US diving flag (red and white). But on the Great Barrier Reef, dive boats show the international dive flag (blue and white). (00:15:20)

Correction: The traditional red & white diver-down flag is intended to protect divers themselves, while the blue & white alpha flag is intended to protect vessels from collision. Please see for further details.

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Continuity mistake: When the dentist wants to put Nemo in a bag, it's a resealable one with a seam at the top. When he finally catches him, it has changed to a normal plastic bag.

Dr Wilson

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Gurgle: Oh, the human mouth is a disgusting place.

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Trivia: The dentist's name, P. Sherman, is a homage to the many Filipino crew members, whose native accent made the English word 'fisherman' sound like P. Sherman.

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Question: What kind of bird is Nigel? He looks a lot like an Albatross to me.

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Chosen answer: Nigel is a pelican - he appears to be modelled on a Brown pelican (although that particular species is not actually native to Australia).

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