Disney/Pixar's Oscar-winning box office hit Finding Nemo is getting a sequel at last in the form of Finding Dory, the followup that will hit theaters some thirteen years after its predecessor was released. However, whereas fellow belated Pixar sequel Toy Story 3 essentially picked up in real time after its predecessor (Toy Story 2, which was released more than a decade earlier), Finding Dory takes place six months after the events of Nemo. As for the storyline: it's not Dory who needs "finding" but rather her family, whom the forgetful Blue Tang fish goes searching for alongside Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence).
Whereas the initial Finding Dory teaser trailer that was released by Disney/Pixar focuses on setting up Dory's quest in the sequel, a newly-released trailer for the film teases some of the characters that Dory encounters on her journey, as well as her eventual destination: the Marine Biology Institute of California. Two of the new additions in Finding Dory - namely, the whale shark and Dory's former companion Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), as well as the crusty octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill) - make appearances in the newly-released official Finding Dory theatrical trailer, which you can watch above.
The new Finding Dory trailer also features a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance from Dory's parents, Jenny and Charlie (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, respectively). Other noteworthy voice cast additions to the Finding Nemo sequel include Idris Elba (Luther), Dominic West (The Affair), and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), playing as-yet undisclosed roles in the film. Furthermore, Willem Dafoe is confirmed to be reprising his role as the scarred Gill in Finding Dory, along with certain other voice cast members who brought Nemo's dentist fish-tank companions to life in Finding Nemo (such as Vicki Lewis as Deb and her "sister", Flo).
Finding Dory was co-written and directed by Finding Nemo helmsman Andrew Stanton - drawing from a story/script that he worked on alongside screenwriter Victoria Strouse (October Road) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo, Up) - and the latest trailer for the film suggests the sequel ought to deliver everything that Pixar fans have come to expect from the animation studio's work: heart, humor, and some gorgeous computer-generated visuals to boot. That being said, some moviegoers no doubt have mixed feelings about the project since it's a belated sequel to a cherished Pixar film that (arguably) didn't really beg for a second installment; not to mention, Finding Dory is arriving a year after Pixar released two original animated features within a span of less than six months (Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur). The studio also has additional Toy Story, Cars, and The Incredibles franchise installments due to reach theaters over the next three years, so it's not as though Finding Dory is the odd Pixar sequel out, in that respect.
On the other hand, Pixar has every right to return to play in the sandboxes that it has already built for itself and the Toy Story sequels are evidence of how rewarding the returns can be when they do - so long as they serve up a compelling reason for the reunion with their old friends, that is. After all, an important part of what makes Finding Nemo work is the way the film weaves fully-developed story threads for not only Marlin and Nemo, but also Dory - elevating DeGeneres' character above being more than just a run of the mill comic relief sidekick in the process - in order to tell a meaningful tale for not just kids, but parents too. There's certainly the potential for Finding Dory to manage as much, so here is to hoping the film is a Pixar sequel more in the vein of Toy Story 2 & 3 (and less along the lines of Cars 2), in that sense.
Finding Dory will open in U.S. theaters on June 17th, 2016.
Source: The Ellen Show