This news makes me super happy. Disney Pixar has a “Finding Nemo” story in the works called “Finding Dory.” It’s schedule to “dive” into theaters — see what I did there? dive? — on Nov. 25, 2015. That’s long way off, but it’ll give us something to look forward to.
A little voice in the back of my head hopes it won’t ruin the franchise by putting the blue tang fish front and center. Sometimes these characters work better as side characters. That’s part of their charm. But with Ellen DeGeneres returning to voice Dory, I think it’ll be ok. She’s awesome.
“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it’s got a lot more Dory.”
Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton said DeGeneres was always in the loop. Can you imagine anyone else voicing the character? No, no, no!
“There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world — not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”
According to Stanton, “Finding Dory” takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.