April 21, 2014

‘Finding Nemo 2′ Officially Announced, To Be Titled ‘Finding Dory’

After it became known that director Andrew Stanton was developing a follow-up film to Finding Nemo, speculation ran wild on what the story would involve. Would Nemo get lost again? Would all of the main characters return? It was previously reported that Albert Brooks (Marlin) and Ellen Degeneres (Dory) would be back. Today, we have learned that the film will be titled Finding Dory. Find more details after the break!

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The title confirms that the follow-up will center on the hilarious character with severe memory impairment. Below is the press release released just now by Disney/Pixar.


When Dory said ‘just keep swimming’ in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film Finding Nemo, she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory — an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

‘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.

Finding Nemo won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory — with more than 24 million — is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney/Pixar film.

This is the first official confirmation of the film’s development by Pixar and Stanton. Creating a film around Dory, who stole many of the scenes she was in in the first film, will be a delicate balance, as too much of the character could overwhelm the audience. Her character’s inability to develop close relationships in Finding Nemo was tragic but came to a satisfying conclusion when she was able to recall Marlin and Nemo and found a way to connect with them. It will be interesting to see where Stanton and his team take Dory and the rest of the cast this time. I am sure they are aware of the dangers of retreading the ground of the first film, so I am looking forward to seeing how this sequel will differ thematically as well as in the overall story.

Finding Dory arrives in theaters on November 25, 2015.

About Samad Rizvi

Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar's Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up.

  • soniadelvalle

    Just. No.

    • shadypotential

      too bad chump

      • soniadelvalle

        ):

      • http://pixartimes.com Samad Rizvi

        Please, try to be respectful of others’ opinions. You don’t have to agree, but you should avoid name-calling.

        • shadypotential

          i thought the internet was a free for all?!

  • Guest

    Is this for real?! I think this is an even worse idea that Cars 2 if I’m being honest.Cars 2 for me was a way to potentially make the Cars franchise better or at least just to make a fun movie, but this I fear Finding Dory could ruin a classic film that people love. All though it will not directly harm the first film (unless its planned to be a Prequel) I feel it may bring an unwanted stigma to the first.

  • http://twitter.com/StoicktheVastII Robert Clark

    Is this for real?! I think this is an even worse idea that Cars 2 if I’m being honest.Cars 2 for me was a way to potentially make the Cars franchise better or at least just to make a fun movie, but this I fear Finding Dory could ruin a classic film that people love. All though it will not directly harm the first film (unless its planned to be a Prequel) I feel it may bring an unwanted stigma to the first. Sorry for sending it twice

  • http://www.facebook.com/brady.gorman Brady Gorman

    I’m staying cautiously optimistic. Cars 2 failed because, well, it was Cars, and John Lasseter only started directing AFTER it got off the ground with another director, before the director left. Brave failed because they outsourced two directors who had worked with Dreamworks before, one taking over after the other had been working on it for years. The entire thing fell apart due to creative conflict. With Andrew Stanton, a director who’s been with Pixar since its inception, I think this has hope. Don’t forget, everyone, that the only Pixar sequel that’s failed was Cars 2, so far, so I wouldn’t just cast this aside as a bad idea just yet. Let’s just see how things unfold.

    • Irene

      You think Brave failed? Uh…what? Brave did amazing, and was amazing.

    • lp104

      Um, and how exactly did Brave fail? It had a budget of $185 million, which it recouped ($196,061,319) by its 4th week in theaters. As of Jan. 2013, it stands at $237,282,182. Oh yeah, and it WON the Oscar for Best Animated Movie of 2012!
      So, am I missing something? Because aside from what happened internally during its production, Brave was by all other means, a complete success.

      • otterprods

        It’s true, Brave did well in every measurable way. It just wasn’t a good story. And we all know that Ralph really should have won the oscar this year.

  • Gurgle

    Yay!!! So excited for this news!

  • Rick

    I’m hoping for a cameo from RZA as head of the Blue Tang Clan.

  • Randy Grossert

    Let’s talk about sequels. Why do you think most other studios’ sequels aren’t nearly as good as the originals? It is because they are, put simply, not good as standalone movies in the first place. Making a sequel means taking some characters you know and conceiving a plot where they play a part. Most sequels/prequels fail because they rely on characters and not the plot. Quite often the screenwriter gets tangled up in his love for characters and lets them live a life of their own. That’s a mistake, however, as life is inherently boring. The screenplay is then filled with characters doing mostly boring things, only because the screenwriter craved to see them doing those boring things in the first place. The plot becomes a thin glue that connects boring moments with random sparks of more interesting action and the resulting movie is nothing more than a sum of its parts – and often less – as many of the ideas crammed inside would make some perfectly fine shorts on their own (this is also why so many fanfics suck or feel silly).
    All Pixar sequels so far – with the exception of Cars 2 – do not follow this pattern. Currently, there is no reason to doubt the quality of Finding Dory, because we haven’t seen anything of it. Saying that making Monsters University, Finding Dory or Toy Story 4 is not original because we have already seen their respective worlds is like saying that no movie shot after 1880 is original as it was shot in the “human world”. Is there anything that would prohibit Pixar from making insanely great romantic movie about a florist from Monstropolis? No. Does anything prohibit them from making an insanely terrible movie from some newly conceived world? No.

    There are only two kinds of movies: the good ones and the bad ones. Whether they are sequels or not doesn’t matter. If Pixar makes a bad movie, then they deserve bad publicity regardless of the amount of “originality” involved. If they make a good one, they deserve praise even if it is a sequel/prequel.

  • http://twitter.com/ramydhia Ramy Dhia Humam

    Honestly, Nemo is one of the movie I hope there’s no sequel to it (besides The Incredibles), but after reading this, I’m looking forward for this “Finding Dory” :D

  • Debbie

    I’m actually really excited for this now that I know what it’s about. Dory was my favorite thing about Finding Nemo and she had some of the most memorable lines from it. I know some people aren’t going to be happy about this, but I’m really looking forward to it. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/nessa.davishenry Nessa Davis-Henry

    :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/maggosh R.j. Wallischek

    Wait…Ellen voiced Dory?

  • http://twitter.com/T0NSTER333 ÇℜΔÇK_ℵΙℵℑΔΔ

    do you guys seriously care about pixar films?? I really don’t see the appeal

  • otterprods

    The reason sequels usually aren’t as good is because they’re based on the original premise and/or story and not inspired in and of themselves. The rare exception is when the filmmakers find a really good idea to explore a second time or more. Pixar did that as well as anyone with Toy Story, but horribly with Cars. The reason we’ve had no Incredibles sequel is because Brad still hasn’t found an idea worthy of it and he’s respecting the sanctity of the first. Finding Dory, assuming the title is not literal, sounds promising that they really have found a great new story to tell that will be related to but distinct from the original.