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Voice of Nemo from Finding Nemo reflects on how much the movie changed his life 20 years on

Voice of Nemo from Finding Nemo reflects on how much the movie changed his life 20 years on

The voice behind the iconic fish spoke out about the film on its 20th anniversary

As Finding Nemo turns 20-years-old this year, the voice behind Nemo has reflected on his most famous role.

The plucky little clown fish who swam into audience's hearts in 2003 is still a firm favourite among Pixar and Disney fans.

Alexander Gould was just nine-years-old when he voiced the little fish, who ends up getting abducted and placed into a dentist's fish tank in 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.

Now, say that address five times fast.

The film soon became a smash hit and became the first Pixar film to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

A pretty big achievement indeed.

Reflecting on the movie's lasting legacy, Gould, now 29, said to ABC that the film has 'so many beautiful themes'.

"I think that's probably why it was such a cultural phenomenon at the time. It just spoke so deeply to everybody who watched it." he said.

"You pick up all the good messages of having faith in yourself, trusting yourself, being able to overcome obstacles in your own life. Things that might seemingly hold you back don't actually hold you back.

"For parents, it has great themes around letting go and pushing your kids into the world and letting them thrive by their own merit."

Finding Nemo is now 20-years-old. Time flies doesn't it?

For Gould, the film was a pretty lengthy process, a whole 'three years of recording', as he started on the role when he was six years old.

He said that he was often 'going back and forth to Pixar in San Francisco and going to Disney in Los Angeles'.

"And finally, after many, many months and years of collaborating and working on the film, it kind of all came to fruition and then there was a lot of big media attention, and there was premiere and it was very fun." he added.

"I kind of was in the Disney crowd at the time, which was exciting. It was a really fun time."

Gould also spoke about his costars in the film, Albert Brooks, who voiced his overprotective dad Marlin, and Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful Dory.

Alexander Gould was nine-years-old when he voiced Nemo.

"I remember Ellen was hilarious and very fun and treated me very well. Albert was really sweet and kind. I actually ended up working with Albert a lot more on "Weeds." Gould said.

"He played my grandfather for like a whole season, so I got to actually develop a bit of a relationship with him. He's a really, really sweet guy."

Despite having a 'fun time' on the film, Gould did not return to the cast back in 2016 when Finding Dory hit cinemas.

It was said that the actor didn't return to the role as he no longer had the voice when he became a teenager, which he confirmed.

Finding Nemo would be the only time Gould starred in the role.
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"After the filming of Finding Nemo I still did the voice ... until I was about 14. Around that time I was told that, unfortunately, my voice had changed too much. I wasn't able to capture the essence of Nemo anymore.

"That happens when you're a child actor. So they brought in someone new [Hayden Rolence] who was able to capture the essence that I had in the original film, and he did a really fantastic job doing that." he said.

However, he added that he did come back to the sequel for a 'small little cameo'.

Featured Image Credit: ABC/Disney

Topics: Disney, Pixar, Film and TV

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