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Directed byAndrew Stanton[1]
Angus MacLane (co-director)[2]
Produced byLindsey Collins
Written byVictoria Strouse
Release dateJune 17, 2016
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Finding Dory is set to be Pixar's 17th feature film. It is the upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo. It will will be released on June 17, 2016[3] and it will be celebrating Pixar's 30th anniversary.

Voice Cast

It was also announced that Nemo and the rest of the 'Tank Gang' would return, as well as many of the other original characters from Nemo, in addition to several new ones that have yet to be announced.[10] However, no other casting information was revealed.[11] It is unknown if Jacques will reappear for the sequel because his voice actor Joe Ranft died in 2005 during production of Cars. However, it's likely that he could now be voiced by Jerome Ranft (Joe's surviving brother), similar to Red's case in the Cars film series. It is also unknown if Nemo's voice actor Alexander Gould will be voicing the character as his voice has deepened since the release of the first film.[12][13]


From the official Disney press release:

BURBANK, Calif. (April 2, 2013) – 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.”[14]

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.

DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world. Her syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is in its 10th season and has earned 38 Daytime Emmy® Awards. DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian for three consecutive years. Additionally, her show won two Genesis Awards and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. For her unforgettable turn as Dory, DeGeneres was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.[11][15][16]


In 2005, after disagreements between Disney's Michael Eisner and Pixar's Steve Jobs over the distribution of Pixar's films, Disney announced that they would be creating a new animation studio, Circle 7 Animation, to make sequels to the seven Disney-owned Pixar films (which consisted of the films released between 1995 and 2006).[17] The studio had put Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc. 2 in development, and had also hired screenwriter Laurie Craig to write a draft for Finding Nemo 2.[18] Circle 7 had since been shut down after Robert Iger replaced Eisner as CEO of Disney and arranged the acquisition of Pixar.

In July 2012, it was reported that Andrew Stanton was developing a sequel to Finding Nemo,[19] with Victoria Strouse writing the script and a schedule to be released in 2016. [20] However, the same day the news of a potential sequel broke, director Andrew Stanton posted a message on his personal Twitter calling into question the accuracy of these reports. The message said, "Didn't you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don't believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling"[21] According to the report by Hollywood Reporter published in August 2012, Ellen DeGeneres was in negotiations to reprise her role of Dory.[22] In September, it was confirmed by Stanton saying: "What was immediately on the list was writing a second Carter movie. When that went away, everything slid up. I know I'll be accused by more sarcastic people that it's a reaction to Carter not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit."[23] In February 2013, it was confirmed by the press that Albert Brooks would reprise the role of Marlin in the sequel.[24]

In April 2013, Disney announced the sequel Finding Dory for November 25, 2015, confirming that Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks would be reprising their roles as Dory and Marlin, respectively.[25][14]

Ellen has made a long campaign for a sequel on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[14]

In a Los Angeles Times interview, Stanton talked about the sequel's origin: "There was polite inquiry from Disney (about a Finding Nemo sequel). I was always 'No sequels, no sequels.' But I had to get on board from a VP standpoint. (Sequels) are part of the necessity of our staying afloat, but we don't want to have to go there for those reasons. We want to go there creatively, so we said (to Disney), 'Can you give us the timeline about when we release them? Because we'd like to release something we actually want to make, and we might not come up with it the year you want it.'"[26]

The film's ending was revised after Pixar executives viewed Blackfish, a documentary film which focuses on dangers of keeping orca whales in captivity. Initially, some of the characters would end in a SeaWorld-like marine park, but the revision gave them an option to leave.[27][28] On September 18, 2013, it was announced that the film would be pushed back to a June 17, 2016 release. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur was moved to the November 25, 2015 slot in order to allow more time for production of the film.[29][3]



  1. Andrew Stanton to Direct Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' Sequel
  2. Andrew Stanton Twitter Timeline
  3. 3.0 3.1 Disney Announces New Dates for Maleficent, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Pixar preview: Casts announced for 'Finding Dory,' 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside Out' at Disney's D23
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 D23 Expo: Pixar Animation Studios News Roundup
  6. Willem Dafoe Returns for FINDING DORY; Jennifer Ehle Boards FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and THE FORGER; Lake Bell Joins THE COUP
  8. It's Always Sunny in Kaitlin Olson's World
  9. Exclusive Interview: Kaitlin Olson On It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  10. Move Over, Nemo: Disney Announces Ellen-Powered ‘Finding Dory’ Sequel
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pixar confirm Finding Nemo sequel
  12. Finding Nemo star loses his character's voice
  13. 'Finding Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory' to star Ellen DeGeneres for 2015 release
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' Sequel Titled 'Finding Dory,' Set for 2015
  15. Ellen DeGeneres' 'Nemo' sequel, 'Finding Dory,' set for 2015
  16. ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Officially Called ‘Finding Dory,’ Releases November 25, 2015
  17. The Skinny on Circle Seven
  18. Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir on the Rise and Fall of Disney’s Circle 7 Animation
  19. ‘John Carter’ Helmer Andrew Stanton Dives Back Into Animation With ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel
  20. Andrew Stanton to Direct Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' Sequel
  21. @andrewstanton
  22. Ellen DeGeneres in Talks to Return for 'Finding Nemo' Sequel (Exclusive)
  23. Director Andrew Stanton looks back on 'John Carter's' rocky path
  24. Albert Brooks Hooks Deal To Reprise In ‘Finding Nemo 2′
  25. Ellen DeGeneres to Star in ‘Nemo’ Sequel ‘Finding Dory’
  26. With 'Despicable Me 2' and more, movies revisit the sequel debate
  27. 'Blackfish' gives Pixar second thoughts on 'Finding Dory' plot
  28. ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Is Altered in Response to Orcas Documentary
  29. Pixar Skips 2014 as ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Shifts to 2015 and ‘Finding Dory’ to 2016

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