Ellen DeGeneres will be once again be voicing the very forgetful Blue Tang fish named Dory in a sequel to Oscar-winner Finding Nemo titled Finding Dory. Disney•Pixar made the official announcement today, letting fans of the goofy animated fish know that she'll be starring in her own sequel set for November 25, 2015.
Of all of Pixar's supporting animated characters, Dory was the most likely to get her own spinoff movie. According to the studio, Dory is "the most 'Liked' individual character from a Disney or Disney•Pixar film" with 24 million Likes on Facebook.
In the official announcement, DeGeneres had this to say about reprising the role of Dory: "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. 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."
Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton will be back at the helm of the animated sequel. Commenting on the returning to the underwater world of Nemo and Dory, Stanton said, "There is no Dory without Ellen. 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."
The basic storyline: "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."
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