Just Keep Learning, Learning, Learning About Finding Dory

Slip on your flippers and get ready to dive in!

We had the chance to chat with Pixar filmmakers all about their upcoming movie, Finding Dory, and learn all about the art, science, and all-around awesomeness that went into the film.

1. Hank, the camouflaging septopus, has more than 350 “suckers” on his seven tentacles.

Pixar’s very own Simulation Department makes sure each sucker (and tentacle, and muscle, and, well, everything else) replicates real-world physics.

2. Most of Hank’s expressions come from movement in his eyes and eyebrows.


Since his mouth is pretty much on the floor, the artists had to find another way for Hank to emote his general lovable grumpiness.

3. The research team took thousands of pictures of real-life aquarium quarantines from the point of view of fish to make the setting in Finding Dory look authentic.


While most guests at an aquarium photograph the fish, this crew focused on taking close-up shots of tanks, tubes, pipes, floors, ceilings, and grime. #beautiful

4. Dory’s underwater world is brimming with a rainbow of colours and soft, round shapes, which implies warmth, familiarity, and safety.


There’s no place like anemone.

5. The “human world,” on the other hand, is made up of harsh lines, artificial materials, and is desaturated, which gives off a feeling of strangeness and danger from a fish’s POV.


Here’s the Marine Life Institute, a.k.a. the MLI.

6. To make the ocean scenes more believable, animators were extra careful to make sure there was no repetition in shapes and patterns underwater.


This organic, hyper-detailed look is what makes Dory’s world look alive and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Would you ever expect anything less from Pixar?

7. Around 103,000 storyboards were delivered to the Editorial team.


Including a hilariously uncomfortable scene involving kids and a “touch tank.”

8. Finding Dory is the first movie to use Pixar’s new and improved rendering system, Renderman RIS, which enables more realistic lighting.


This is especially important for water, where billions of light rays are reflected and refracted.