Fan Theory Argues That the Sharks From Jaws and Finding Nemo Are Related

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Bruce from Finding Nemo (2003) and the shark from Jaws (1975) are perhaps the two most famous great whites to ever grace the big screen. But beyond their species, the two characters don't seem to share much in common: Bruce is a well-spoken vegetarian (or at least he tries to be) while the antagonist of Jaws is a mindless man-eater. But according to one fan theory reported by CBR.com, the two of them may be related, which would place Jaws and Finding Nemo in the same cinematic universe.

As Redditor CinnaSol laid out in a post, there are a few clues that suggest Bruce is really the son of the insatiable villain in Jaws. The first is the name: Though it's never mentioned in the movie, director Steven Spielberg nicknamed the animatronic shark used in Jaws Bruce, after his lawyer. Many believe that the shark's name in Finding Nemo is a nod to this piece of Hollywood trivia.

But within the world of the films, the shared name could be more than just a tribute—Bruce could have been named after his father. In Finding Nemo, Bruce says that he never met his dad. This could be a reference to the fact that great whites in nature really do abandon their infants, but it could also be hinting at a backstory where Bruce's father left him to pursue a life of terrorizing beachgoers, only to be blown up by an oxygen tank and never return home.

CinnaSol elaborates further on Reddit (emphasis in the original):

"Bruce in Finding Nemo has a support group of sharks where their entire mantra goes against being mindless killing machines. Maybe because his mother told him about how monstrous his father was? Even by great white standards. We don’t know why Bruce formed a support group like this. It could be that he’s avoiding trying to be like his dad."

The idea that a bloody thriller and a family film are connected isn't too far-fetched, as far as movie fan theories go (especially not for Pixar, which has a habit of planting references to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining in its films). Here are some other truly outrageous theories viewers have come up with.

[h/t CBR.com]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

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To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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25 Classic TV Series Audiences Most Want to See Make a Comeback

Will the iconic cast of The Office reunite in the future? Fans hope so.
Will the iconic cast of The Office reunite in the future? Fans hope so.
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There’s definitely no shortage of new television shows to watch these days, but the recent slew of series revivals offers nostalgists the unique opportunity to catch up with their favorite fictional characters without streaming reruns on a loop.

So which TV shows are viewers most eager to see return to screens? To find out, UK-based digital retailer OnBuy analyzed Google search data for a variety of classic series—paired with terms like reunion, new series, and new season—and ranked them in order of average monthly search volume.

Reunion specials or spin-off series have already been announced for some of the shows on the list, so fans could be looking for the latest update on production status or premiere date. For the nearly 90,000 people googling for information about the highly anticipated Friends reunion, which tops the list, we have great news: Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and the rest of the gang will reportedly film it this summer. Game of Thrones came in a not-so-close second, with an average monthly search volume of almost 34,000; there’s been quite a bit of talk surrounding HBO’s alleged four prequel shows for George R.R. Martin’s series, but it looks like the earliest we’ll get to see one is 2022.

Other series on the list have already made comebacks, but some of them left a few loose ends untied or open to interpretation—Gilmore Girls and Twin Peaks, for example—giving audiences a reason to hope there might be yet another season on the way.

And then, of course, there are plenty of perpetually popular shows that still haven’t been (and might never be) rebooted. Steve Carell has said in the past that a revival of The Office, fifth on the list, is a bad idea, and creator Greg Daniels thinks it’s highly unlikely.

See the top 25 list below, and pass the time while you’re waiting for your favorite show to return to TV with these 50 great series to binge-watch.

  1. Friends // 88,390
  1. Game of Thrones // 33,880
  1. Dallas // 24,760
  1. Criminal Minds // 13,620
  1. The Office // 5210
  1. Orange Is the New Black // 3750
  1. Breaking Bad // 3430
  1. Seinfeld // 3120
  1. Gilmore Girls // 2700
  1. Roseanne // 2310
  1. One Tree Hill // 2110
  1. Veep // 1990
  1. Modern Family // 1980
  1. Twin Peaks // 1810
  1. House of Cards // 1710
  1. Gossip Girl // 1360
  1. Cheers // 710
  1. Happy Days // 670
  1. Frasier // 560
  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer // 530
  1. Mad Men // 510
  1. ER // 360
  1. The Big Bang Theory // 320
  1. How I Met Your Mother // 310
  1. The Wire // 300

[h/t OnBuy]