First look at 'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' as previews begin

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'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! preview
Posted: Friday June 10, 2022 1:51pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Cast member previews begin today for 'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' and Disney has shared more pictures from the reworked show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Watch the video below for a quick look at the Finding Nemo show from the previews.

The freshly reimagined return of this popular stage show on June 13 2022 invites guests into the undersea setting that charmed audiences around the world in the Disney and Pixar smash-hit animated film, “Finding Nemo.”

The fully updated, 25-minute show immerses audiences in the story of Marlin and Nemo – an overprotective clownfish father and his curious son – through a production that combines music, puppets, dancers and animated backdrops. “This show incorporates many of the songs from the original musical, as well as amazing puppetry and live performers that fill the stage,” said show director James Silson, Disney Live Entertainment.

This underwater adventure is a reimagined retelling of Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” which debuted at the theme park in 2007 and ran for more than 13 years. As in the original production, Marlin and Nemo each go on a separate journey that ultimately teaches them how to love and understand each other better. Except in this algae-friendly adaptation of that beloved tale, the storytellers are a group of fish living at the Marine Life Institute.

The 1,500-seat Theater in the Wild transports guests to an undersea world through innovative special effects, sound and lighting, and the theatrical puppetry of Michael Curry, who co-designed the richly detailed character puppets seen in the Broadway version of Disney’s “The Lion King.” Main characters such as Marlin, Nemo and Dory are represented by live performers operating animated puppets. Some puppets are larger-than-life – such as Crush, the cool sea turtle, who is nearly the size of a car.

In addition to a new script, the show features new set pieces and a custom LED video wall that visually extends the physical sets on stage – including a 32-foot-long sunken submarine. “We’ve taken a new approach to the set for ‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’,” said art director Matt Fiuza, Disney Live Entertainment. “We were inspired by 3D cut paper art and sculptures as we developed the scenic in the show. Our team had such an exciting time looking at our tank set through this brand-new lens of this watercolor sculpture aesthetic.”

The current schedule lists six shows per day, with two in the morning and four in the afternoon.

Morning performances:

  • 10:30am
  • 11:30am

Afternoon performances:

  • 12:30pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:30pm

'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' offer Lightning Lane access and is included with Genie+.

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MisterPenguin2 hours ago

When shows were cut, some immediately blamed budge cuts. ;)

mm522002 hours ago

Not sure the point of this comment. Shows have been down because of staffing and cast injury. They haven’t been wanting to cancel shows just because. Now they can properly staff again it seems.

MisterPenguin6 hours ago

Finally Chapek is coming to his senses and spending wildly on entertainment. Let's hear it for Chapek, hooray!!

DCBaker6 hours ago

According to the calendar, Nemo is back to 6 showtimes a day -

DCBaker13 days ago

Disney has removed the 10:30 and 4:30 showtimes through Monday, June 27th.

WondersOfLife15 days ago

As someone who watched 8 shows back to back, I can attest to this. It would not be the SAME cast every two shows though, for the record. One Nemo might be played but a different Nemo in the second show but the crush actor would be the same for both. It was interesting to watch different combos.

discos15 days ago

I think you're right. As per the 2017 Equity agreement (which is the most recent one that's publicly available online, 6 shows would definitely require 2 casts. For the 40 min show, it was a max of 4 shows per day and a total of 15 performances a week, but not for everyone. The actual Equity contract says.... (2) Maximum Performance Day for performers in the roles of Marlin, Dory and Nemo shall be 3 – Show Value = 2.6 per performance. (3) Performers in the tracks that include the roles of Bruce, Anchor and Chum may perform only one 4-show day in a performance week. (4) Maximum Performance Week for performers in the roles of Marlin, Dory and Nemo shall be 13 Since the show has been shortened to 25 mins, we could go with the Festival of the Lion King guide which is also 4 shows max per day but a max of 20 shows per week. The removal of show times this week is most likely being done so the performers don't go over their max performance allowed per week. That way the show can still be performed every day while the cast members recover.

WondersOfLife15 days ago

I know most! That one through me in for a loop! lol. I've seen it used before, but hardly.

MisterPenguin15 days ago

Bookmark it. ;) https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/big-list-of-forum-abbreviations.939248/

WondersOfLife15 days ago

Darn. Duh. Thank you.

natatomic15 days ago

Voices of Liberty

WondersOfLife15 days ago

If that is the case, no, it's not ridiculous. But it's not confirmed, and I always assume the worst. :) (That way I always get either a pleasant surprise or a "better than nothing.") I'm with you there on that one. I appreciate it, though, as I realize it is a solid experience. Just not my style of show. It is nice to see someone else see it similarly. Precisely what I was jumbling on about. This is the sad part about many changes at Walt Disney World... Average Guest Expectations vs. the What Could Be. I'm going to sound stupid.... VoL? Voyage of Little Mermaid? or typo Festival of Lion King?

natatomic15 days ago

I saw the show Wednesday. As someone who doesn’t typically care for shows during theme park visits (aside from VoL), I always made sure to see this one. I didn’t care for FotLK, which I know puts me in the minority, but there you go. Anyway, this new version is…FINE. I didn’t hate it. Didn’t love it, but I’m glad it’s there instead of not. But someone used the word truncated to describe it, and that is definitely the word I would use. I doubt the average guest would notice though, so…it is what it is. And for what it’s worth, it was the 3:30 show, and it was packed to the brim. So I’d imagine staffing issues are the culprit for canceled shows. I know VoL has had some contingency shows this week too, and there are a handful of singers who do both shows (I can think of two off the top of my head).

TrainsOfDisney15 days ago

My understanding is 6 shows requires 2 casts.