Ahhh, who doesn’t love “Finding Nemo,” Pixar’s best animated feature Oscar winner that won out hearts and curiosity of the world down under nearly ten years ago (it’s difficult to believe that it’s been that long, right)? The first time I saw the movie, I, like many others who have seen it, felt totally guilty about keeping a fish full of aquarium at my house (because who wants to be responsible for the schizophrenic?). The voice of Nemo himself, Alexander Gould, of course knows what I’m talking about.
“The message of ‘Finding Nemo’ is that fish don’t like being in tanks,” he starts off our interview by saying. And how right he is. If there’s any place they belong in, it’s in the big blue world under the sea, where Marlin, Nemo, Dory and the gang (including our beloved Crush) bring us along on their adventures. We all know that the film was a coral-colored visionary treat to begin with (raise your hand if Nemo was your screen saver back in ’03), and now that it’s back in 3D, the audience gets to take an even deeper dive and swim through the underwater world of the East Australian Current. To put it simply, it is perfect, just perfect.
Alexander, of course, knows exactly what it’s like to be part of that world, too. Ten years older and many film projects later (yep, he was that guy in Weeds), the actor has nothing but fond memories of his days working at Pixar Studios and being that voice of our beloved sea creature.
“I’d been acting since I was 2 years old and this was just another audition that I did,” Gould said about how he got involved in the beginning. “I didn’t think much of it because we didn’t hear anything afterward. About a year later I got a call saying that I had a call back for it,” he says, adding that he didn’t even know what role he was auditioning for until he got the part. After all, he was only 7-years-old at the time!
“It was crazy. That was definitely a neat process to go through and it’s cool to see how the industry works like that,” he said. “The recording process was fantastic. I spent a lot of time at Pixar Animation Studios which is a really neat place to film and spend time, it was a really great group of people to work with.”
And did Alexander ever think that the movie would take off the way it did? “No,” he says. “It was a good story, but we never imagined it would be so huge. It was a really pleasant surprise and I think to this day it’s almost not real to us how huge it was. You hear people talk about it, calling it an ‘all-time classic’ that people are going to watch for 100 years.”
And an all-time classic, it is. But as far as Finding Nemo again with the rumored plans of a sequel in the works, Alexander stayed mum about the prospect. But then again, how many times can a little fish get lost in the big sea? Before you answer that, think of how many timeless classic films are made these days, as well. While the possibility of a Finding Nemo 2 would probably make most of our hearts skip a beat, we’re hooked on the 3D version, for now. And the moment you see it, you will be, too.