Finding Dory: Sequel to Box Office Hit Finding Nemo Coming

finding-doryOn the heels of the 2003 mega box office hit, “Finding Nemo”, a new 3-D computer animated film called Finding Dory is scheduled for release June 17, 2016. The film is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Andrew Stanton who directed the first installment will also direct Finding Dory along with Angus MacLane. According to insiders, the same characters that people fell in love with in the Finding Nemo movie will also appear in this new movie to include Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and the entire Tank Gang.

Finding Dory will feature several new characters although their exact role has not yet been revealed. Also in question is the return of Jacques since the character’s voice was that of Joe Ranft who was tragically killed in a 2005 car accident while lending his voice to the movie Cars.

The status of voice actor Alexander Gould is also unknown. Gould was only nine years old at the time Finding Nemo was filmed and because his voice has changed with age, he may need to be replaced.

In Finding Dory, the storyline follows the amnesiac character Dory as she considers the possibility of being reunited with her family. The story will occur one year after the Finding Nemo events, using the coast of California as the backdrop.

The cast of Finding Dory is impressive, which includes Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Albert Brooks (Marlin), Diane Keaton (Jenny, Dory’s mother), Eugene Levy (Charlie, Dory’s father), Ty Burrell (Bailey), Willem Dafoe (Gill), Vicki Lewis (Deb), and Kaitlin Olson (Dory’s adopted sister), along with Dominic West and Idris Elba.

In 2005, Pixar’s Steve Jobs and Disney’s Michael Eisner were at odds over the distribution of Pixar films. Disney later announced a new animation studio was being created and used to make sequels to seven Pixar films owned by Disney such as Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc. At that same time, Laurie Craig has been hired as the screenwriter for Finding Nemo 2.

The studio eventually closed and the acquisition of Pixar finalized. Seven years later, Andrew Stanton stated that a sequel to Finding Nemo was being developed but instead of Craig, Victoria Strouse would be screen writing. Also changed was the film’s name from Finding Nemo 2 to Finding Dory, this because Stanton dislikes sequels. Although many people questioned whether a second film would even happen, the making of Finding Dory was made official in April 2013.