Disney and Pixar announced yesterday that in 2015 we will see the return on the much loved character Dory in her own feature film. Take the jump to read the full announcement.
“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.”
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.
With the announcement, it seems that Disney is once again heading down the route they have been taking lately with another spin off/sequel/prequel of one of their highly successful franchises. Even just this year will see the release of prequel Monster University and Planes, a spinoff of the Cars franchise. There is a general stigma that these types of movies struggle to capture the magic of the first and this is true to certain degrees, but I’m holding onto faith that Pixar will be able to create an equally engaging and love-able movie that is on the same level as the Finding Nemo. Finding Nemo was met with much love and success upon its initial release which continued over the years leading to the 3D release in 2012, which most certainly played into the decision to move forward with Finding Dory.
Finding Dory is scheduled late in 2015 with November 25 being the current release date.