It took virtually no time at all from the nanosecond that Disney/Pixar’s hotly anticipated sequel Finding Dory was announced to the point it began trending worldwide on Twitter. Hours later, Finding Dory was holding strong on the list, as it was hours and hours later. In fact, it remained on the worldwide trend list for a whopping 15 hours non-stop before it began teetering on and off the list for a few additional hours, for a grand total of 17 hours and 15 minutes. This information comes via twend.it, a searchable index of Twitter trends since May 2010. It also reveals some additional surprises that just might shock you.
The first surprise might be that Finding Dory brought along a friend for the swim. Although it lasted only about 30 minutes — believe it or not — yesterday was the first day that Pixar trended worldwide. That got us thinking: how do Pixar’s other projects fare against its other films? Below are the trending times for each of Pixar’s film, first the longest contiguous time period followed by the total times in parentheses, number of times followed by total time in minutes:
- Toy Story – 30 minutes (5 times, 90 minutes total — mostly due to Toy Story 3)
- A Bug’s Life – never
- Toy Story 2 – 30 minutes (5 times, 90 minutes total)
- Monsters, Inc. – 90 minutes (2 times, 120 minutes total)
- The Incredibles – 60 minutes (7 times, 325 minutes total)
- Cars – never
- Ratatouille – 15 minutes
- Wall-E – 345 minutes (8 times, 585 minutes total)
- Up – never
- Toy Story 3 – 75 minutes (8 times, 255 minutes total)
- Cars 2 – never
- Brave – 15 minutes (11 times, 165 minutes total — fluctuating on/off list entire period of time)
- Monsters University – 180 minutes (10 times, 450 minutes — most of it fluctuating on day of announcement)
As you can see, none of the individual totals of each of the films above come remotely close to the one day showing (so far) of Finding Dory‘s reception worldwide. Seagull-eyed readers may note that there is one film left off the list, however, and that’s Dory‘s predecessor, Finding Nemo. The 2003 film, which pre-dates the trend database by 7 years, has in fact managed to show up on the worldwide Twitter trend list — several times:
- Finding Nemo – 705 minutes (36 times total, 4350 minutes total — often fluctuating on and off the list)
A few things that should be noted. Firstly, this is far from scientific. However, while total times may not be all-inclusive and precisely correct, the trends are certainly accurate. Where possible, multiple search times were used to yield the most accurate result (e.g., WallE, Wall-E and Wall*E were all used as terms).
It’s also worth noting that this report is based only on titles trending worldwide. By default, Twitter shows users ‘trends’ based on who they are following and who follows them, and not by geographical region which must be set in preferences.
When Dory said ‘just keep swimming’ in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film Finding Nemo, she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory — an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.
‘I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,’ said DeGeneres. ‘I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it’s got a lot more Dory.’
Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. ‘There is no Dory without Ellen,’ said Stanton. ‘She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In Finding Dory, she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.’
According to Stanton, Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.
Ellen Degeneres joked about visiting Australia and revealed Finding Dory earlier today on her show:
Finding Nemo won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named Finding Nemo among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, Finding Nemo was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory — with more than 24 million — is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney/Pixar film.
The featurette features director Andrew Stanton alongside fellow Pixarians John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich as well as Director of 3D Production, Josh Hollander and 3D Supervisor Bob Whitehill. The gist of it is that although never originally imagined to be in 3D, the film’s environment lends itself naturally to the conversion and that the 3D is used to enhance the film, not detract from it. Finding Nemo will be available to own on 3D Blu-ray beginning December 4, 2012.
The release of the featurette comes on the heels that Andrew Stanton is well into development of Finding Nemo 2, with Ellen DeGeneres in talks to return as Dory according to the Hollywood Reporter.