‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Is Happening: Ellen DeGeneres Never Gave Up On It

The Finding Nemo sequel has long been in the pipelines, and finally it is turning into reality.

Finding Dory, as the sequel will be named, will be set six months after the end of Finding Nemo, and will see Dory reunite with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way, according to Metro. Andrew Stanton, the director of Pixar’s 2003 blockbuster, Finding Nemo, always considered the movie to be a closed-circuit story. He was not keen on the idea of directing a Finding Nemo sequel, but now it seems one person’s persistence has seen the project through. According to Disney’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, Ellen DeGeneres has persistently pestered the company, constantly on Disney’s heels to make a Finding Nemo sequel. At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Lasseter showed a compilation of DeGeneres’ constant pleas to the gathered audience. He then joked that he had no option but to give in to the pressure.

“OK, OK, OK. We are in production on Finding Dory.”

DeGeneres voiced Dory, the regal tang who, along with the overprotective clownfish Marlin, goes looking for his son, Nemo, in the original film. And now, the talk-show host will lead the line in Finding Dory, set to be directed by Andrew Stanton again. The director spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how he got around to making the Finding Nemo sequel.

“I wanted to know that if this charming forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be okay, that she would find her way home. And at the end of Finding Nemo, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.”

In an interview with People, DeGeneres could not hide her excitement at the announcement of the Finding Nemo sequel.

“Well, it means a lot to me because it is a really sweet character. And she’s flawed, and I think that it’s important for kids to grow up and see flawed characters that are lovable and that really, no matter if they make mistake after mistake, they have a little surrounding pack, like a friendship with all these other fish that they travel with that forgive her. And even though they’re frustrated with her, they love her.”

And Ellen DeGeneres is not the only one going all gaga with the latest announcement about the sequel. People on social media were just as elated to know that a Finding Nemo sequel was on its way.

Apart from Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, William Dafoe, and Albert Brooks will also feature in Finding Dory, which is tentatively set to release in June next year.

So are you excited about the Finding Nemo sequel? Will you be Finding Dory next summer?

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