Just when you thought you were done with fish after this past Easter weekend’s feeding frenzy, along swims this whopper courtesy of the folks over at Pixar/Disney. After months of telling us, well, very little really, we’re finally getting some concrete info regarding highly anticipated sequel Finding Nemo 2. First bit of info? It’s not called Finding Nemo 2.
Say hello to Finding Dory. Yep, it seems like everybody’s favourite scatterbrained whale impersonator will be the one in need of some rescuing this time around.
Thus far we knew that Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres would be reprising their respective roles as Marlin, the overprotective clown fish father who had to find his son, Nemo, in the first film, and Dory the kooky and friendly fish suffering from short-term memory loss that he meets along the way. We also knew that original director Andrew Stanton would be returning to his animated directing roots after his, shall we say, not quite successful foray into the live action world with John Carter (It’s cool JC, I still got love for ya!).
But a new official press release from Disney/Pixar has now revealed not only the new title, and that the film will be released on 25 November 2015, but also shed some light on what the characters will be up to in the sequel. Here’s an excerpt from that press release:
“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 takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. “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.
With Finding Nemo not only picking up the Oscar for Best Animated Feature but also raking in $921 million worldwide back in 2003, and that’s excluding the stupid amount of tie-in toys and merchandise that is still being sold to this day (you can find Finding Nemo beach towels being sold at just about every traffic light on a sunny day) it was always inevitable that Nemo got a sequel. The question that most fans (above the age of 12) had though, was what plot contrivance would be necessary to have Marlin have to rescue his lost son again.
Dory though, is the perfect candidate for getting lost. And with her being such a huge fan favourite character, unless something really ridiculous is done, this is probably guaranteed to be another leviathan of a hit. Something which I’m sure Stanton is looking forward to greatly after becoming the internet whipping boy last year.