The Real Life Inspirations for the Characters in Finding Dory


Monterey Bay Aquarium

I told you recently that I was heading to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to get a sneak peak of the new, highly anticipated, Disney/Pixar film, Finding Dory, which opens in theaters June 17th. And if you follow my social media channels, then you know I had many close encounters there with the various flora and fauna of our great oceans, like fish, otter, kelp, shark and even a gigantic octopus.

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The beauty of our world can transform us. I know it does me, and walking through the aquarium and seeing all those marine animals, I just felt happy being near them. I wish my kids could have been there that day. I know they would feel the same. Some day soon I'll get back there with them.

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The influence of the aquarium on Pixar's animators was clear that day and that's why they chose to have the event at this spectacular aquarium. Seeing nature through the eyes of Pixar animators is always a treat. Sometimes, though, we forget how much goes into an animated feature. We go to the theater, enjoy the storytelling, laugh at the jokes, and admire the artistry. But before all that, a lot of research, hard work, and love goes into it. Let me show you just some of the real life inspirations behind the characters in Finding Dory, the real plants and animals animators researched for several years and untold hours.

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The Real Life Inspirations for the Characters in Finding Dory


Finding Dory
(Pictured) DORY. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


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Merlin and Nemo

Buscando a Nemo Dori y Marlin

Clown fish -

Jelly Fish

Finding Dory poster - jelly fish

Monterrey aquarium - jelly fish-


Finding Dory - kelp

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Hank the Octopus

Finding Dory and octopus Hank -

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Finding Dory poster -

Anemona at Monterey Aquarium -


Finding Dory Otters
©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Otter at Monterey Aquarium -

Fascinating, right?

Now here's the trailer:

Thank you to Disney/Pixar and the Monterey Bay Aquarium for making my experience unforgettable. I mean, how many times can you say you've had dinner with sharks…and enjoyed it?

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Photo by Marc Flores. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

For more details check out the Finding Dory website here, and follow Finding Dory on Facebook, and on Twitter here. And for more movie news, follow Pixar on Instagram, Pixar on TumblrDisney Studios on Pinterest here and be sure to use the #FindingDoryEvent hashtag.

Just keep swimming…..

Silvia Martinez
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