I vividly remember being eight years old and watching Finding Nemo on the big screen. The film is hugely iconic, so it was only a matter of time before Pixar returned to the anemone for another adventure.
But a lot has changed since an Australian dentist snatched a little clownfish from his ocean home 13 years ago – including Nemo’s voice.
Alexander Gould was just a kid himself when he voiced Nemo in the 2003 movie. But in Finding Dory, which was released in cinemas in the US this past weekend, Nemo has only aged one year. Since it might have been a bit difficult for a 22-year-old to reprise the role, Gould was replaced by 12-year-old Hayden Rolence for Nemo’s return to the big screen.
But do not despair, for Gould does resurface in Finding Dory.
(Warning: mild spoilers for the film to follow).
The actor, who has gone on to make a name for himself as Shane Botwin in Showtime’s Weeds, returns to Pixar not as a clownfish, but as a human.
In a scene towards the end of the film, a truck is hijacked by two sea creatures, leaving its two passengers super freaked out. One of these passengers is Carl – played by the man formerly known as Nemo the clownfish.
Finding Nemo and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton explained to Cinema Blend: “I just spent so much time with Alexander on the first movie. It just felt right to, now that he was 21, to bring him back somewhere as an adult. And so we had him read for a couple roles, but the meatiest one was this truck driver, so that just worked out.”
Even though he couldn’t play the star, Pixar didn’t leave Gould out. How sweet is that?