Walt Disney Classics Collection has released some great sculptures from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. To date, it's the only Disney/Pixar film that I have represented in my collection.
Finding Nemo made it's WDCC debut in November, 2003 in an Open Edition scene release, sculpted by Chris Peterson that included Nemo, Marlin (his father), Dory, a Coral Reef Base and Opening Title. All were retired (except for the Opening Title) on August 14, 2007.
The scene proved so popular, the Tank Gang Scene (consisting of Bubbles, Bloat and Gill) was released in December, 2005. The following month, the Walt Disney Collectors Society added to the scene with the release of Nemo & Gurgle (2006 Members Only release).
This was only wetting our appetite and collectors wanted even more from this film! May 2006 saw the first Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) from this film. Crush & Squirt made their debut in a NLE of 1,500. Third Quarter 2006 the Tank Gang Scene was expanded with the release of Jacques and the Tiki Hut and Tiki Heads accessory items. The Tank Gang Scene and Crush & Squirt were all sculpted by Dusty Horner.
You may be wondering .. ok, this is a recap of the releases from Finding Nemo thus far, so why is Mr. Ray pictured? You may also ask, "who is Mr. Ray?" (the horrors if you don't know)
Mr. Ray is an eagle ray and Nemo's science teacher. Mr. Ray's teaching style involves impromptu oceangraphy songs and lessons to broaden the experience of the ocean through the eyes of a scientist. His class rides atop Mr. Ray as if an underwater magic carpet.
As the blog title asks, "do we want more from Finding Nemo?" After many discussions with fellow collectors, Mr. Ray is the one I keep hearing collectors would love to see released from this film. Since our last poll was very well received, I also set up a Mr. Ray Poll to correspond with this blog entry.