It’s a day late to be an April Fool’s joke. The sequel to Pixar’s highly successful “Finding Nemo” has been announced. It will be called “Finding Dory” slated to be released in theaters on November 25, 2015.
The film will once again feature the voice of Ellen Degeneres as Dory, the forgetful fish who helped save the day in the original film.
“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.”
Video: Ellen Degeneres announces “Finding Dory” on The Ellen Show:
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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.
Before “Finding Dory” swims into theaters, Pixar will be releasing three other new films, one prequel and two original stories. “Monsters University” will be released on June 21, 2013 followed by “The Good Dinosaur” on May 30, 2014 and a movie currently only known as “The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind” for release on June 19, 2015. Also in development is “The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos,” without a set release timeframe.