Finding Dory the sequel to Pixar’s 2003 animated movie Finding Nemo will hit theaters on June 17th. The premise of the storyline will focus on amnesiac character Dory who with the help of her friends Nemo, Marlin, and Tank Gang travel to California to try to reunite her with her family. If you loved Finding Nemo, you’ll want to catch Finding Dory to see what crazy shenanigans those sea creatures are up to now.
Until then, read up on 10 fun facts about Finding Dory.
- The storyline for Finding Dory takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo even though 13 years have passed since the prequel premiered.
- Characters from Finding Nemo including, Dory, Nemo, Marlin and the Tank Gang all return in the sequel but only Dory and Marlin will be voiced by the same actors, Ellen DeGeneres, and Albert Brooks, respectively.
- Finding Dory will be released in 2D, Disney Digital 3-D and RealD 3D as well as in IMAX theaters.
- Dory’s disability of short-term memory loss is meant to be celebrated and not viewed as if she is just another silly character. The viewer is meant to feel the personal struggles and everyday challenges that Dory deals with.
- A Pixar short, Piper, directed by Alan Barillaro will be shown in theaters before Finding Dory.
- Hank the Octopus voiced by Ed O’Neill Hank, is the hardest animation Pixar has ever produced. It took a year to create Hank and one shot alone took 6 months to produce.
- Additional new characters introduced in Finding Dory include Bailey, a Beluga whale voiced by Ty Burrell, Destiny, a whale shark voiced by Kaitlin Olson and Dory’s parents voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, to name a few.
- Disagreements between parent company Disney and animation studio Pixar over distribution and the production of sequels led to surprising long delays in the making and release of the high anticipated follow up to Finding Nemo.
- With more female writers on the team, this time, around, Finding Dory has far more female characters than Finding Nemo.
- As with any movie, the product lies in the research. Creators and crew from Finding Dory visited many aquariums to gain insight into how the creatures in their movie should move, interact and just be in their surroundings so that Dory and her friends would be depicted as accurately as possible.
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