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Finding Nemo, and Zootopia are GOOD for the environment: Animal movies promote awareness and don't increase risk to species, say researchers Scientists decided to look into the plight of clown fish after Finding Nemo Reports claimed people rushed out to buy the species to take home as pets Similar claims have been made about , Zootopia and other films   Experts found the opposite was true and films can help endangered species

By Tim Collins For Mailonline

Published: 06:00 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 07:28 BST, 14 August 2019

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Emotive warnings made in the wake of Finding Nemo over people rushing out to buy the species as pets putting them at harm were largely unfounded, experts say. 

The outcry even led to an appeal from one of the film's characters Little Dory - voiced by - asking viewers to stop buying the creatures. 

Similar claims have been made about animals featured in , Zootopia and  Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles. 

Scientists found that the opposite was actually true, and that such films can benefit species by bringing them attention they would normally not receive.

Warnings made in the wake of Finding Nemo (pictured) over people rushing out to buy the endangered species as pets were largely unfounded. The outcry even led to an appeal from one of the film's characters Little Dory asking viewers to stop buying the creatures

Warnings made in the wake of Finding Nemo (pictured) over people rushing out to buy the endangered species as pets were largely unfounded. The outcry even led to an appeal from one of the film's characters Little Dory asking viewers to stop buying the creatures

The outcry even led to an appeal from one of the film's characters Little Dory - voiced by Ellen DeGeneres - asking viewers to stop buying clownfish (pictured)

The outcry even led to an appeal from one of the film's characters Little Dory - voiced by - asking viewers to stop buying clownfish (pictured)  

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT CLOWNFISH? 

Clownfish are a small marine fish which gained worldwide popularity after appearing in the 2003 animated movie Finding Nemo.

There are 28 different species of clownfish that inhabit Indian and Pacific oceans, Red Sea and Australian Great Barrier Reef. 

Clownfish lives in the warm water, near the coral reefs. 

The biggest threats to the survival of clownfish are pollution of the ocean, overfishing and destruction of their habitat. 

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