2003. That’s when Finding Nemo released and hauled up an incredible billion dollars at the box office. It’s a little less than that, but Nemo gets a bit of rounding.
Here we are closing out 2015, and we finally have a first look at the sequel, Finding Dory.
Ellen DeGeneres is back as the voice of Dory. She is joined by her friends Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks). The story is set six months after Finding Nemo. Dory will be on a quest for answers about her past and family.
Yes, the punchline of she forgets everything are there.
What about the rest of the cast? The voice talent is stacked. Ty Burrell as Bailey, a beluga whale; Willem Dafoe as Gill, a moorish idol; Diane Keaton as Jenny, Dory’s mother; Eugene Levy as Charlie, Dory’s father; Vicki Lewis as Deb (and her sister, “Flo,” Deb’s reflection), a four-striped damselfish; Kaitlin Olson as Destiny, Dory’s sister, a whale shark; and Ed O’Neill as Hank, an octopus. Idris Elba and Dominic West also star.
Ed O’Neill as an Octopus? Sign me up.
Director Andrew Stanton explained in August why now at the D23 Expo.
“I wanted to know that if this charming, forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be OK, that she would find her way home,” the director said. “And at the end of Finding Nemo, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.”
Disney knows marketing. Instead of premiering the trailer itself, the company turned the reigns over to Ellen on Ellentube on Tuesday.
The release date for Finding Dory is June 17, 2016. I know where my nephew will be that day.
At this point, Disney owns a mint. The franchises the company owns is astounding. It’s not just animated films, but Marvel and Star Wars. Disney can grab something off the shelf and make a billion dollars.