Ellen DeGeneres Returning as Dory in ‘Finding Nemo 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 2nd, 2013 at 11:58 am,

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Finding Nemo 2 (not the official title) has found its Dory – once again in the form of Ellen DeGeneres. The talk-shown sensation has entered negotiations to reprise her voice-acting role as the lovable blue tang fish suffering from short-term memory loss (a.k.a. Memento syndrome) in the sequel to Pixar’s Oscar-winning 2003 hit.

The original Finding Nemo paired DeGeneres opposite Albert Brooks (Drive) as Marlin, the overly-clingy clownfish who sets out on a whirlwind adventure across the ocean – including, encounters with aspiring vegetarian sharks, surfer turtles, and a krill-eating whale who lends them a ride (… in its mouth) – in order to rescue his son, Nemo, who’s been captured by humans.

DeGeneres has frequently discussed her interest in returning to the (animated) ocean for Finding Nemo 2, over the nine years that have passed since that film grossed some $868 million worldwide in theaters (still the highest number for a non-sequel Pixar movie). Heat Vision has the scoop on DeGeneres circling Nemo 2, and points out that the role of Dory was even written with the popular comedian in mind.

Andrew Stanton co-directed Finding Nemo with Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich, working from the former’s original screen story. We received confirmation a few weeks ago that Stanton is returning to call the shots on the sequel, following his failed attempt to launch a new live-action franchise with Disney’s John Carter. Stanton is drawing inspiration from a Nemo 2 story concept that he’s had a hand in developing for several months now.

Scripting duties on Finding Nemo 2 are assigned to Victoria Strouse, a veteran of the crime genre thanks to her work on the film New Best Friend and short-lived TV show Angela’s Eyes; she also wrote for the drama-mystery series October Road, from the creators of the American Life on Mars and Happy Town. Chances are good that Stanton will likewise contribute to the writing process, as he has done with all his feature directorial efforts to date (including, WALL·E and A Bug’s Life, the latter of which Stanton co-directed).

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Pixar’s storytelling approach has varied in the past, with regards to its sequels. While the Toy Story movies, in essence, recycle the same core narrative (Woody and Co. must find a way back to their beloved owner, Andy), each installment uses that basic setup to explore such complex issues as sibling rivalry, existential angst, and the impermanence of childhood. Cars 2, by comparison, was more just a silly spinoff adventure featuring the tow-truck Mater, rather than a true continuation of the story and themes introduced in its predecessor.

Many of our readers have already speculated that Finding Nemo 2 will go the Toy Story route, with one of the characters having to be rescued. Could the sequel thus involve Dory ending up lost, forcing Marlin and Nemo to join forces in order to save her (and get some quality father-son bonding time in the process)? Or do Stanton and his Pixar collaborators have something more unexpected up their sleeves? Only time will tell, though we remain hopeful it’s the latter situation.

Next summer marks the arrival of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. prequel, Monsters University. The revered computer-animation studio will stick to original content for a couple years thereafter, beginning with Up co-director Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur followed by Peter Docter’s sci-fi project (tentatively known as The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind). Finding Nemo 2 is scheduled to arrive the year thereafter, most likely in Summer 2016.

Finding Nemo will return to the big screen with a 3D re-release next month on September 14th.


Source: THR

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  1. Part 2: Finding Dory
    Part 3: Finding Marlin
    Part 4: Finding out what happened to Mom (this can be part 2 if story is strong enoigh)

  2. Finding Nemo 2
    Nemo goes looking to find out what happened to his mom, and in turn, Nemo goes after the Barricuda that killed his mother. He goes on a soul searching journey to and learns more about himself. In other words: NEMO FINDS NEMO

  3. Cars 2 had an eco-frienfly message with what was basically bio-oil as an alternative fuel source. Would not be surprised to get the same type of story in nemo 2… Something along the lines of climate change of whatever or over fishing killing their reef and the gang being forced to find a new home. Did the other fish/shrimp in the dentist’s tank escape? I’d love to see more of them especially how they behave in the ocean.

    • At the end they were in their bags floating on the ocean

    • didnt the biofuel turn out to be bad?

      • Lol you know i dont remember. Think it was sabotaged or something, its not a movie really worth remembering. To follow up my original post, after thinking about it some more if their reef is dying then it be a migration type story so think “ice age”. The whole point of finding nemo was travelling to new locations and meeting new animals (good and bad) so this would make sense, like they are told about some distant paradise and they rely on nemo’s dad to get them there because his the only one that left the reef and come back.

  4. Finding help 2 Marlins a bad parent

  5. *Nemo

  6. It could be good. I liked the first one.

  7. ‘Finding Nemo’ is awesome but Where’s ‘The Incredibles: 2′?

    • I think brad bird is working on it as we speak. atleast I hope

  8. Part 4: Finding out what happened to Mom (this can be part 2 if story is strong enoigh)

  9. Make it like taken and Im in.

  10. The barracuda ate Nemo’s Mom…end of story.

    If this goes eco-friendly, aka Cars 2, I’m going to vomit…in the ocean…
    Even my kids didn’t like that one.

    • Lol yeah, dont mind some subtext so long as its to create an event that moves the story along but yeah dont need a film to be all preachy about it.

  11. Finding Dory would be a perfect Title for this sequel since she is kinda out there. gLAD TO HEAR eLLEN IS RETURNING, AND I TOO WANT A iNCREDIBLES SEQUEL, and maybe a Bugs life sequel, and Monsters inc 3.

  12. Why do we need a sequel? The original was a perfectly self-contained story. Hasn’t Pixar learnt it’s lesson with Cars 2? That also was an unnecessary sequel. The only Pixar sequel that wouldn’t be forced would be Incredibles 2. And I haven’t heard a mum on that one…

    • *its

      • Its because of $$$$. Its a sure fire hit for disney/pixar, and they totta keep the share holders happy. Afterall, other than avengers their second biggest money makers are the pixar movies (movie, plus toys and everything else they can sell.. Heck when u take all the toys and tie-ins it wouldnt suprise me to hear that say cars 2 made more than the combined totals for avengers).

  13. Finding Nemo in a Pineapple Under The Sea

  14. I’m not getting it, with superheroes being hot right now and everyone’s love for The Incredibles, you would think a sequel would be a much more logical choice plus it’s much more open ended at to where the superhero family can go.

    Maybe they are afraid of competing with their Marvel side and stealing their thunder a bit? Yeah, I don’t think so either.

    Nemo 2 will be a fun picture I’m sure (as long as Stanton is not given total control ;) ) but not what we fans have been asking for.

    • Its only a matter of time before they go back to the incredibles. If they dont its just like leaving money on the table, and disney is not into that lol

      • okayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy but the mom is dead so your story is irrelevant.

  15. I think a good plot would be to start the movie with Nemo’s mom returning. Mom’s reason for leaving was that she believed all her babies were eaten by the barracuda and was so distraught she left. She returns on the anniversary of when it happened, only now being able to face it. Dory could get all jealous(could make for some hilarious dialogue) and take off, getting lost. Marlin, Nemo, and Mom could take off on an adventure to find her. Mom and Nemo would bond on the journey, but Marlin would have problems with her leaving him. They find Dory. Together they have to defeat the same barracuda that drove the family apart. They return back home together…maybe a new male blue tang fish has moved in while they are gone? Marlin forgives mom for leaving.

    • Eh… Tara I don’t think that would be a very good idea. I mean, I think everyone knows that there was a 98% chance Nemo’s mom had died. If this movie has ANYTHING to do with Coral still being alive I probably will not watch it. I’ve spent 9 years believing she died protecting her children only to discover instead of going back to Marlin she just wussed out and left him. I’m not even sure how Dory could be in the story. She can’t live in the anenome because she would be stung to death (although it would be funny to watch her try) but I do remember seeing an old pic of Marlin, Nemo and Dory all swimming around the anenome which immediately made me believe that there would be a second movie and I was right. I hope it’s just as good as the original.

  16. My 5 yr old son loves dori, & nemo. He has autism so to watch him play out the movie or to mimic through the movie is so cute. He will still like the movie if Ellen s not in it but it would b ashamed not to see ellen in it. Im a big fan, & she’s hilarious. I give Ellen 5 stars! Totally awesome! ;-). Thank u Ellen. Orlando,fl Covey/Barnes family

  17. Great film! Btw,I most like ‘finding-nemo’ for android phone,It’s hard to find but it’s there: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=Finding.Nemo

  18. In finding dory, dory was attack by the shark that killed nemo’s mom so she had to swim away ! and hide but nemo and his dad didn’t know where she was until they questioned the people and found clues of where she went. And the reason why she was gone. Meanwhile they were on the search for dory . Nemo and his dad met another clown fish who later on realized that they were related and nemo wasn’t the only survivor.

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