While Woody will go on a quest to find love in Disney Pixar‘s “Toy Story 4“, Dory will go on a quest to find her family in the upcoming “Finding Nemo” sequel.

In fact, Dory will “just keep swimming” until she reunites with her mom and dad.

Finding Dory

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Contrary to popular belief, the animated sequel is not going to be known as “Finding Nemo 2”. Because it will centre on the origins of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), it will be known as “Finding Dory“.

Fans of the Academy Award-winning animated feature film recently flocked to Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California to catch a glimpse of the highly anticipated sequel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the filmmakers presented a clip from the upcoming film, featuring Dory the forgetful blue fish muttering about “the jewel of Monterey, California” when Nemo the clown fish wakes and find her sleep-swimming. When she wakes up the next morning, she tells Nemo, “I don’t remember what I remembered, but I remembered that I remembered something.

As she stares into the blue void of the ocean, it hits Dory that she has a family in California and she needs to get there to see them again. Nemo’s father, Marlin, is reluctant to help her, but decides to accompany her for another death-defying quest in the ocean.

Along the way, they meet some new friends namely Hank the cantankerous octopus, Bailey the misguided beluga whale, and Destiny the kind-hearted whale shark.

At the D23 Expo, DeGeneres herself took the stage to excitedly announce the new cast members for the sequel. It was revealed that Ed O’Neill is voicing Hank while Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson are voicing Bailey and Destiny respectively. Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will voice Jenny and Charlie, Dory’s parents who are stuck in a facility in Monterey, California.

Original actor Alexander Gould is not returning to the film to voice Nemo as producer Lindsey Collins explained that he is now 21 years old. Thus, his role has now been replaced by newcomer Hayden Rolence. Albert Brooks is returning to reprise his voice role as Marlin.

Finding Dory Producers, Director and Cast

Director Andrew Stanton, who directed the original “Finding Nemo” movie, didn’t think that he would be helming the sequel as he thought that “the story was done with the first movie”. However, when the idea to pursue Dory’s journey came up, he knew he had to make the 2nd film.

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He said:

I wanted to know that if this charming forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be OK, that she would find her way home. And at the end of “Finding Nemo”, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.

The sequel will take place 6 months after the first instalment. Stanton will write the script and direct it alongside co-director Angus MacLane. According to Pixar President Jim Morris, the majority of the film will take place at the Marine Biology Institute of California, where Dory was born and raised before she was released into the wild.

“Finding Dory” is set to be released on 17th June 2016.

Stay tuned for the movie’s official Facebook page for more updates 😉

Sources: The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly.

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