Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer and director of Toy Story 1 & 2, John Lasseter gave updates on Pixar’s upcoming films over the next several years at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. One of those films is a sequel many of us are excited about, Finding Dory. Its been twelve years since Pixar took us on an underwater adventure into the deep blue sea, and it sounds like they have some exciting stuff in store for fans.
Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) is returning to direct the sequel. The story will pick up six months after the original ending. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who in the first film we learn has trouble with her memory, suddenly has memory of her childhood triggered while at Nemo’s school. Her curiosity regarding her family takes her on a new adventure to discover just who they are, and along the way is joined by Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo on her adventure.
It was revealed the film’s setting largely takes place at the Marine Biology Institute of California, where undersea creatures are cared for. Like the fish tank in the first film, the institute will be where many new characters are introduced.
Speaking of new characters, Dory’s parents will be voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy (as Jenny and Charlie). Other casting additions include Ty Burrell as a Beluga whale named Bailey, Katlin Olson as Dory’s adopted killer whale sister, and actors Dominic West and Idris Elba in undisclosed roles. Returning for the sequel is Nemo’s “Tank Gang“, including Gill (Willem Defoe) and Deb/Flo (Vicki Lewis).
Should we be having any doubts about Finding Dory, because I currently do not. I am no longer the target audience for these films, but Pixar has continued to find a way to make their animated films a pleasant experience for both children and adults. One final thought: I hope the turtles make an appearance in the film. As Crush would say, “that would totally rock!“
Finding Dory releases in theaters on June 17, 2016