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The Moonfish are a school of fish who appear in the 2003 Disney/Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo. They first appear when Marlin tries to chase them for directions, but they swim away.

Role in the film[]

After a conversation between Marlin and Dory, the Moonfish unexpectedly appear. In an effort to entertain Dory, they begin doing various "impressions," which consist of them moving into different positions to form various shapes including a swordfish, a lobster, and a sailing ship. They try to get Dory to identify the subject of each of their impressions, and are constantly annoyed when Marlin gives her the answers.

Once Dory explains to them that Marlin lost his son Nemo, the Moonfish decide to help by providing directions. They begin doing impressions to illustrate the route to Sydney, where Nemo has been taken. They also tell them to swim through the "trench" (actually an underwater canyon) not over, most likely due to the jellyfish living above it, but they swim over it anyway due to the trench having death written all over it due to Marlin's fears. They aren't seen for the remainder of the film.

One of the members is known as Ted; he has relatives in Sydney.

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Trivia[]

  • When the Moonfish do their "impression" of a sailing ship, they sing the chorus to A Whale of a Tale, a song performed by Ned Land in Disney's 1954 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  • The Moonfish also appear in the teaser trailer for Finding Nemo, forming the basic shape of a fish and an arrow.
  • The Piston Cup Precision Drill Team from Cars are described as Nemomatic MenV's. Because the drill team cars often work together to form letters and words, the car make is probably a reference to the moonfish from Finding Nemo.
  • Given that the Moonfish warn Marlin and Dory to swim through the trench and not over it, they probably knew about the jellyfish that live above it themselves.
  • The groupers that Nemo freed from the fishing net in Sydney Harbour look similar to the Moonfish.
  • The Moonfish leader's voice actor, John Ratzenberger, later voiced a crab named Bill in the 2016 sequel. This was most likely because the production team couldn’t find a place to put the Moonfish in the sequel.


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Media
Films: Finding Nemo (video/soundtrack) • Finding Dory (video/soundtrack) • Exploring the ReefMarine Life InterviewsPixar Popcorn (Dory Finding)

Video Games: Finding NemoFinding Nemo: The Continuing AdventuresFinding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Disney UniverseNemo's ReefCrush's Coaster: The GameDory's ReefFinding Dory: Just Keep SwimmingDisney Crossy RoadKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionLEGO The IncrediblesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Finding Nemo: Ocean Favorites
Books: The Art of Finding NemoThe Art of Finding Dory

Disney Parks
Disney's Art of Animation ResortDisney's Explorers LodgeCrush's CoasterDisney Animation BuildingFinding Nemo Submarine VoyageIt's a Small WorldNemo & Friends SeaRiderPixar Pal-A-RoundThe Seas with Nemo & FriendsTurtle Talk with CrushMr. Ray's Pop QuizBruce's Shark ChallengeFinding Dory's Friends

Entertainment: Disney KiteTailsFantasmic!Finding Nemo: The MusicalPixar Playtime PalsRivers of Light: We Are OneTOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure
Parades: Disney Stars on ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Fireworks: Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMomentousTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationTree of Life AwakensWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorksPixar Water Play Street Party!Summer Blast

Characters
Finding Nemo: NemoMarlinCoralDoryPearlTadSheldonMr. RayBruceAnchorChumGillNigelCrushSquirtTank GangDr. Philip ShermanDarlaAnglerfishSeagullsMoonfishWhaleJellyfish ForestGeraldBlenny

Finding Dory: JennyCharlieBaileyDestinyHankFluke and RudderGeraldBeckyOttersGiant SquidStanBillStingrays
Other: SeaRider

Locations
AustraliaGreat Barrier ReefSydney HarbourSharks' LairAbyssopelagic ZonePhilip Sherman's Dentist OfficeEast Australian CurrentAngel's CoveCaliforniaMorro BayMidnight ZoneMarine Life Institute
Objects
AquaScum 2003Pixar BallA113Pizza Planet Truck
Songs
Finding Nemo: Beyond the Sea

Finding Dory: Unforgettable
Musical/Theme Parks: In The Big Blue WorldDory's DittyFish Are Friends, Not FoodWhere's My Dad?We Swim TogetherGo With the Flow

See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxLet's Name the SpeciesJust Keep SwimmingO, We're Going HomeFinding Nemo 2
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