‘Finding Nemo 2′ is Titled ‘Finding Dory’; Gets a Fall 2015 Release Date

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We heard that Oscar-winning animation filmmaker Andrew Stanton is directing a Finding Nemo sequel last year, not so long after his expensive live-action debut John Carter proved to be a disappointment at the box office. It didn’t take long for Ellen DeGeneres to enter negotiations to reprise her beloved voice role as the memory-impaired blue tang fish Dory from the first movie.

A few months later, Disney/Pixar introduced DeGeneres’ character to the current kiddie generation – who were either not alive or too young to remember the year 2003 - by giving Finding Nemo a 3D theatrical re-rerelease. That decision was rewarding on two levels, in terms of immediate profits AND early marketing for the sequel, which has now been officially titled… Finding Dory.

Here is an excerpt from the press release, with Stanton and DeGeneres discussing the story and themes for Finding Dory:

“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 Dory will open in theaters on November 25th, 2015. The ocean-set adventure will surely be released in both 2D and 3D, which is encouraging news for those who were impressed by how the extra dimension enhanced the breadth and scope of Finding Nemo‘s aquatic setting and fishy inhabitants featured in the 3D re-release (read our review for a more in-depth analysis). Indeed, those effects should be all the more pronounced in the sequel, thanks to more pre-planning and advancements in computer animation over the past decade.

ellen degeneres finding nemo 2 Finding Nemo 2 is Titled Finding Dory; Gets a Fall 2015 Release Date

While you have to take a grain of salt with Stanton’s claims about him committing to Finding Dory being a matter of good timing – and not a direct response to John Carter‘s smaller-than-desired ticket sales – what’s been revealed about the sequel so far sounds promising, especially considering how many people appeared concerned that a followup to Finding Nemo would just re-hash the Best Animated Feature Oscar-winning original movie’s storyline.

Instead, it sounds as though the “Finding” will be more figurative than literal in the Nemo sequel, which has Albert Brooks returning as Marlin and DeGeneres as Dory becoming a more fully-rounded character (e.g. the protagonist, by the sound of it).

There’s potential for Finding Dory to rank alongside the second and third Toy Story movie – as Pixar sequels which keep pushing the studio to mature and grow from a creative standpoint – something its last followup to a lucrative original work, Cars 2, failed to accomplish. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for that to happen (in the meantime – just keep swimming, swimming…).


Finding Dory releases in theaters on November 25th, 2015.

Source: Disney/Pixar

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  1. Next one will be finding marlin

    • or Finding Marlin’s Wife || Nemo’s Mom

      “Finding Coral” … they were being ambiguous about her fate >,<

      • Uh she’s dead :( that la

        • there wasent any real proof of it but

    • Marty Mcfly:Doc, this heavy. Are we back? Doc Emmett Brown: Back from where? Great Scott! Marty Mcfly: Back from the movies? Doc, I was just watching the Ellen Degeneres Show on April 4, 2013 and guess what? Doc Emmett Brown: What, Marty this better be good? Marty Mcfly: Ellen Degeneres who I am a big fan of her work has suggested to Pixar to create “Finding Dory” a sequel to “Finding Nemo”. How awesome is that? Doc Emmett Brown: Pretty Awesome. Marty Mcfly: Ellen had set a timer for the movie and I said I can’t wait that long. So, I took the time machine and went to the movies on November 25, 2015. Doc Emmett Brown: You, did what? How, am I supposed to get back to the year 2013 when I am stuck in 1955 with no TIME MACHINE!!! Biff Tannen: Mcfly? Marty Mcfly: Dorys got the Hots for Marlin. Doc, this heavy.

  2. I wonder if they’ll try and get Alexander Gould to play Nemo again or they’ll have to go with a different actor who still has a young-sounding voice.

  3. I was just wondering when you guys were going to get around to ‘Finding Dory?’

    • @the old man

      It just makes sense for her to get lost with her condition. I mean, it actually makes more sense for her to get lost than Nemo…

      • that’s actually pretty true

      • she got back in the end but which is wierd

  4. What happen to Pixar doing original movies not sequels n prequels..

    • You have The Good Dinosaur, Pete Doctor’s mind film, Teddy newton original and Lee Unrick Day of the dead movie.

      • Don’t forget EPIC

        • Epic isn’t Pixar….

    • I actually think this is in a way more original than just a sequel, I mean, it’s not a straight off sequel, more a spin off. To be fair to them, at least they’re going a different direction than just throwing out a Finding Nemo 2, which would have been the easier option to an extent.

  5. the only sequel I’m still waiting is ” The incredibles 2..” just sayin’

    • Finally someone thinking the same thing that I am. That movie needs a prequel, a sequel, a spin off, everything! haha!

      • +1. give Frozone his own movie:)

    • I don’t really understand how that movie doesn’t have anything. It is one of their best and it ended with a perfect setup for a sequel…

      • Oh I’m sure they’ll have a sequel to Incredibles but won’t be for another 8 years when my kids are too cool for Disney.

  6. Finding Nemo had me begging for my dad to buy an aquarium. Good times, good times. Very much looking forward to Finding Dory.

  7. Elevating Dory to headline her own movie is like elevating Mater – good in theory, but a bad idea in real life. See Cars 2 for a real world, Pixar example.

    • Not in all actuality because Mater is a horrible person/Larry the Cable guy is horrible and not beloved by MILLIONS of people around the globe, has his own talk show, has been in the lime light for as many years as Ellen has.

      This movie is going to own big time, and your doubts are going to go away once the movie trailer gets released.

    • You couldn’t be more wrong! Ellen has a multitude of die-hard fans who will turn out in HUGE numbers to see this film. That’s n

    • You couldn’t be more wrong! Ellen has a multitude of die-hard fans who will turn out in HUGE numbers to see this film. That’s not even counting all the fans of Finding Nemo who have been waiting patiently for a sequel. I predict this movie will be a huge success!!!

    • *rehashes not remakes

      • Idk Imo the majority of Dreamworks movies are just animals doing bizarre things. I love Dreamworks, but I wouldn’t say they are more original than Pixar. And what’s wrong with Pixar having sequels and prequels? As long as the sequels/prequels aren’t crappy, I don’t see why you should complain. (Not to you in particular, Trey, just to the general people)

  8. Are you f kidding me ? Pixar f you !!! Do something original, and don’t f up this classics !

    • The three movies listed were better than Cars 2. Rango won the Academy Award.

    • pixar has peaked and have knowhere to go but downhill in my opinion. Brave got one of its lowest RT scores yet.

  9. Yes!!! I can’t wait for this!! Finding nemo is my favorite pixar movie to date! Super excited haha and go hear that Ellen is excited to get back Ino that role is amazing! Can’t wait for finding dory

    • Actually, Finding Dory isn’t necessary. What I do want in Incredibles 2 and Twilight 5.

  10. Why do I have a feeling that this will be the “Taken 2″ of the Pixar movies? Anyone get what I mean?

  11. Pixar is slowly but surely turning into a sequel factory. Running out of ideas, are we?

    • They still have several new movies coming out like a Dinosaur movie, one about the mind and the Day of the Dead. Cars 2 was bad like Cars was. There is a good chance that this will be good. I am not so sure about monsters university

    • Yeah, they’re running out of ideas that’s why they need to open doors for people to give them a chance or big break and maybe their ideas will rub off on Pixar Movie Creators and something amazing will happen. I understand they are a big company, but i’m sure they are working on it, but still they need to create some jobs for people. I am sure millions if not billions of people want to work with pixar and that’s why they are where there at. They aren’t giving anyone else a chance at success. They’vve had a lot of great films and i agree with you they are running out of idea. I am just a random person, but I am sure there are people who used to work at Pixar, but don’t work their because they weren’t getting credit for Pixar. I would love to put my idea in a big company like Pixar, but I don’t the whole story behind their company, but I wouldn’t want to work with them if they aren’t paying me what I am supposed to be payed or not getting credited for my ideas.

  12. incredibles two….i agree with the guy up yonder

  13. Finding Dory sounds alot like Cars 2 in terms of the goofie side character taking centre stage as more or less the main protaginist, and we all know how Cars 2 turned out because of it i.e. ruining what was a quirky fun character into a annoyingly dumb character that’s just irritating.

  14. You people are hilarious. Pixar has about 4 original films coming out. Stop whining like its such a big deal.

  15. I am cautiously optimistic about this. However, some people will think that Dory’s past should be a mystery and that Pixar is selling out. This could either be a terrific sequel or something terrible.

  16. What I hope is that Dory doesn’t act more dumb. Last time a supporting character from a Pixar movie got the role, he became more dumb in the process.

  17. Really not sure how I feel about this. I love Finding Nemo, but I never really felt the need for a sequel. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

    I am looking forward to Monsters University though. I’ve always wanted to go back to that world.

  18. I could see some potential good moments in this..

  19. Okay, I’m not gonna lie Finding Dory does sound like it has a lot of potential in many ways and no matter what it WILL be a success at the box office! Even if it is panned by critics (though that’s doubtful IMO) and I’ll see it because I loved the first one.

    Though part of me feels that a sequel isn’t necessary, I will quote the great legendary filmmaker, Steven Spielberg when he had this to say about the cancelled E.T. sequel “I felt that the sequel would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity.” I hope… I sincerely HOPE that’s not the case here!

  20. Why y’all hating on Cars 2? I thought it was decent.

  21. Love Dory and DeGeneres but I’m not sure this is particularly great… maybe they’d be better off getting Nolan in on this to do a gritty Dory story a la Memento. Would be something new (for Pixar) at least.

    • I loved it also. It was action :)

  22. I am so excited for this to come out because Finding Nemo is my favorite movie.

  23. honestly after seeing the first one I wanted a sequel but I figured they had no where to take the characters. I personally think this will just ruin the first one. I may be wrong but thats my opinion at least until a trailer comes out for the movie.

  24. I looveee Finding Nemo!!! I am so looking forward to Finding Dory!!! And don’t criticize Pixar, they are doing a wonderful job making movies even if they are sequels

  25. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Aprils Fools Joke!!!

  26. Finding Nemo had many very-very interesting characters to look out for, right from the small cut-pink starfish in the tank to scarily-funny big shark.
    “Dory” was heart of this movie, I watched this movie long back in English , though I have forgot her voice , but her personality still lingers.
    But the most interesting part is last month I watched this movie again in a dubbed version in Tamil and ironically the person who dubbed her voice in Tamil was super amazing in her work too and then I realized whay her personality still sweetly haunts me .
    Some movie are made with dedication, love, detailing, understanding and immense passion , Finding Nemo was one such classic.