The long awaited sequel is finally here! Disney’s 'Finding Nemo' melted everyone’s hearts in 2003 and now we’re all geared up for 'Finding Dory'. Here are a few things we bet you didn’t know about Nemo and the gang!

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1. Work on Finding Nemo began in 1997.

2. Following the popularity of the film, clownfish became in high demand across the world.

3. Nemo’s mum’s death was originally meant to be revealed in flashbacks. But it was changed and shown at the start of the film so the audience could understand Marlin’s protectiveness.

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4. William H. Macy originally recorded all of the dialogue for Marlin. But he was replaced with Albert Brooks after directors made other changes and improvements to the film.

5. Geoffrey Rush, the voice of Nigel the pelican, physically held his tongue to make it sound like Nigel had his mouth full when recording the scene where he carries Marlin and Dory in his mouth.

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6. The movie’s art team went through marine training prior to production. They took scuba diving classes and studied marine biology in order to get a feel for the ocean.

7. Megan Mullally, who played Karen Walker in Will & Grace, originally had a part in Finding Nemo, but was fired when she refused to copy her high-pitched voice from the sitcom.

8. Finding Nemo surpassed 1994’s The Lion King to become the highest-grossing animated film.

9. Darla is named after Darla Anderson, the producer of Monsters Inc.

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10. To create the facial expressions of the fish, animators studied dogs, paying particular attention to their eyes.

11. In the movie, Gill claims ‘All drains lead to the ocean’. It led to water treatment companies issuing public warnings to people that flushing would prove fatal to any fish, with one company even suggesting the film be called ‘Grinding Nemo.’

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12. Before it was released, the CEO of Disney at the time, thought Finding Nemo would be a failure.