The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Dog Names

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Introduction

If you’re a Wes Anderson buff, a film buff, or just happen to love the movie, there should be little question why you would choose to give your dog a Life Aquatic inspired name. The film itself is easily one of Anderson’s most under-appreciated, as it is wrought with his quintessential off-beat humor, subtle yet fantastic dialogue, and most importantly, quirky characters who bring the story to life. Because of it, there are surely plenty of places to draw inspiration from, as each character is as idiosyncratic as the average person (if not more so), or better yet, the average dog, and if that wasn’t enough, they also have names that will undoubtedly stand out to other appreciators of the film to boot. After all, there aren’t many famous Zissous, Plimptons or Belafontes running around. 

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Dog Name Considerations

While many other theme-inspired names allow you to work with elements such as appearance, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is relatively limited in this category, as nearly half the characters in the movie are adorned with the iconic red beanie and blue polyester jumpsuit — which no dog will possibly come close to looking like without a bit of costume design. Therefore, if you’re looking to dig deeper than just picking a favorite character’s name and sticking with it, it may take re-watching the film to re-familiarize yourself with the eccentric behaviors of each character, which should provide a bit more to work with. If you’re already familiar, here are a few ideas to work off of. 

Personality and anecdote will likely be the strongest point to work from, as nearly every scene has a quirky aspect to it that you can play off of. For instance, if you have a dog from the south that is perfectly polite, Ned, Plimpton, and Kingsley would all be great choices. If your dog is adventurous, stubborn, brazen, (or has “crazy eye”) then Steve or Zissou would be the perfect fit. If they are old and wise, then Esteban or Plantier would work, just as Klaus or Daimler would if they are loyal, sensitive, and of German origin. If you have a three-legged dog, then Cody or Leica would be spot-on. 

Whatever the case, don’t be afraid to re-watch the film (several times if need be) and try to pick out your favorite characters, lines, and moments, as they could be key in matching your dog up with something both fun and appropriate. 

Male The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Dog Names

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Steve
The film's protagonist and ridiculous and fearless leader, Steve Zissou
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Ned
The somewhat reserved, unsure genteel southerner looking for his father
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Plimpton
After Ned Plimpton, who Steve takes under his wing as his son
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Klaus
After Klaus Daimler, the Belafonte's German first mate
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Daimler
After the German shipmate who looks up to both Steve and Esteban as father figures
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Alistair
After Alistair Hennessey, a highly-successful oceanographer
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Vladimir
After Vladimir Wolodarsky, the Belafonte's physicist
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Wolodarsky
After the documentary's soundtrack composer, Vladimir Wolodarsky
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Pele
After Pele dos Santos, the ship's safety expert
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Santos
After Pele dos Santos, played by musician Seu Jorge, who sings modified David Bowie songs in Portuguese
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Vikram
After Vikram Ray, one of the documentary's cameramen
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Ray
The long-haired, bearded cameraman Vikram Ray
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Esteban
After Esteban Plantier, Steve's best friend and father figure
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Werner
After Klaus Daimler's nephew Werner, who gifts Steve a Crayon Ponyfish
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Javier
The long-haired, shirtless assistant of Eleanor
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Cedric
After the small character Cedric, who is found roasting a large crab over the fire on the island; "he's a friend"
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Hugo
One of Alistair Hennessey's employees, whom he tells to load his elephant gun with buckshot
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Carl
A completely random character in the film, played by Guglielmo Casciaro
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Cody
The three-legged dog
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Wes
After Wes Anderson, writer and director of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Anderson
After Wes Anderson, the genius behind the film who was influenced by the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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Noah
After Noah Baumbach, who co-wrote the film with Wes Anderson
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Baumbach
After Noah Baumbach, who has written with Anderson on several of his films
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Jorge
After Seu Jorge, aka Pele dos Santos, the Belafonte's resident safety officer and musician
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Morricone
After legendary writer, player, and composer Ennio Morricone, who contributed songs to the film
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Jaguar
After the Jaguar Shark, which kills lead diver Esteban
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Cook
After Antonia Cook, the feather-hatted woman at the documentary film premiere
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Bond
After Bill Ubell, the "bond company stooge"
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Stooge
After the "bond company stooge" Bill Ubell, who has one of the movie's great lines after stealing Hennessey's espresso machine

Female The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Dog Names

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Zissou
The last name of the movie's main character, as well as his ex-wife Eleanor
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Jane
After Jane Winslett-Richardson, a reporter
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Winslett
After the reporter who comes to chronicle Zissou's journey to find the Jaguar Shark
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Kingsley
The name Steve would have given Ned if he were given his choice
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Eleanor
Steve's ex-wife, financial backer, and chief strategist
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Hennessey
After Steve's arch-nemesis, whom they steal equipment from, Alistair Hennessey
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Oseary
After Oseary Drakoulias, Steve's producer
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Drakoulias
After Steve's documentary producer, Oseary Drakoulias
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Ubell
After Bill Ubell, also known as the "bond company stooge"
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Annemarie
After Anne Marie Sakowitz, the "script girl"
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Sakowitz
After the documentary's sunbathing script supervisor, Anne Marie Sakowitz
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Bobby
After Bobby Ogata, the 22-year-old "frogman"
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Ogata
After character Bobby Ogata, played by Niels Koizumi
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Renzo
After Renzo Pietro, the documentary's sound man
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Pietro
After Steve's documentary's editor and sound man, Renzo Pietro
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Plantier
After Steve's chief diver who is killed by the Jaguar Shark, spawning the story's basis
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Mandeeza
The name of the short-lived character Mandeeza, who likely had an affair with Steve
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Nazzareno
After Nazzareno "Neno" Piana, who plays the "elderly man"
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Neno
The nickname of the elderly man in the film
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Piana
After Nazzareno Piana, who was not only an actor in the film, but a well-known art director as well
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Leica
The real name of Cody, the three-legged dog
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Bowie
After David Bowie, whose songs Seu Jorge, aka Pele dos Santos, plays and sings in Portuguese
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Seu
After musician Seu Jorge, who plays Pele dos Santos
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Ennio
After composer Ennio Morricone, who wrote and performed songs for the film's soundtrack
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Cousteau
After Jacque-Yves Cousteau, who heavily-influenced the subject of the film
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Jellyfish
After the electric jellyfish seen in the film in one of its many memorable moments
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Shark
After the Jaguar Shark, the beast that sets the film's plot in motion
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Beanie
Along with the blue polyester jumpers, is an iconic element of the film and a play on Cousteau's crew
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Belafonte
The name of Zissou's ship
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Antonia
After character Antonia Cook, played by Isabella Blow
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Nico
One of the interns from the University of Northern Alaska

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