Disney Movie History: May

As we all know, Disney gets extra-busy around the summer months, and this year is no exception! However, the month of May has not been a historically active month for Disney. Often, they push release dates back to June and July, since the kiddos are out of school, but there have definitely been a few all-time-hits released in May, and today we’re going to learn all about them!

Finding Nemo (May 30, 2003)

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Right off the bat, we have Pixar’s Finding Nemo, released on May 30th, 2003. Finding Nemo was their highest-grossing film until 2010 until it was dethroned by Toy Story 3. Regardless of its commercial success (of which was abundant), Finding Nemo was so much more than a great way for Pixar to make money. It was truly a movie that defined a generation of Disney fans. There are very few, if any, Disney fans that don’t know the phrase “Just Keep Swimming!”, and we all remember the infamous address P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney! 

In addition to those memorable moments in the film, there are also some behind-the-scenes fun-facts that take the story of our favorite little clownfish to a whole new level. Did you know that writer-director Andrew Stanton actually wrote the character Marlin to mimic his own personality as a father? It’s true! He claims to have felt much like Marlin as a father, in that he felt conflicted in being overprotective but also giving his kids a chance to experience the world on their own. Another interesting fact about the movie is that, apparently, it only took one word to get the “go-ahead” on Finding Nemo. It’s been reported that after Andrew Stanton’s entire pitch for the movie, the chief creative officer of Pixar said only one sentence, “You had me at fish.” That tidbit just makes me smile from ear-to-ear!

Overall, it was the stunning visuals, amazing character development, and ultimately, the wonderful story arch that made Finding Nemo an instant classic. If you’re a Disney fan and haven’t experienced the magic of Finding Nemo just yet, you’d better go watch it! If you have seen it, however, you’ll probably want to watch it again! 

Up (May 29, 2009)

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Apart from one of the saddest opening scenes in all of Pixar’s catalog, Up finishes as one of the most magical stories ever told by the folks at Disney. The main characters, Russell, Carl, and Dug, each follow their own character development arch, while each one of those arches crosses paths with one another throughout the film. Additionally, as we mentioned previously, the entire story finds a way to constantly tug at your heartstrings. Whether you find yourself in tears (like I did) at certain parts, or you happen to be grabbing your gut from laughing so hard (also something I did), you’re bound to a journey of emotions as soon as the movie starts. If you can’t tell already, I genuinely love Up with all my heart. 

Regardless of how I feel, though, the folks at Pixar loved it, too. In fact, they shared a list of their top-10 fun facts about the production of Up, a few of which I’ll share with you! According to Pixar, during the production of Up, the Animation Department only managed to create 4 seconds of animation of the film every week. You read that correctly, 4 seconds a week. Wow. That is some serious dedication to work! Also, remember the notorious balloons scene? Did you know that there’s a total of 10,297 balloons holding the house up? That’s a ton of balloons! 5 tons, if we’re nitpicking. In fact, the designers worked with architects to make sure that the scene would make sense when we watched it! It definitely worked, because when you watch the scene, it looks entirely possible for you to tie some balloons to your house for an exciting ride!

We mentioned this in the beginning, but above all other factors, it’s the character development that makes Up such a fantastic journey. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet, it is certainly in your best interest to check it out. You will be so happy you did. 

That’s it for the Disney Movie History: May edition, stay tuned for more blogs every single week, and keep on the lookout for another Disney Movie History next month! Stay Magical!


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