After 12 years, the Finding Nemo sequel has finally been announced and is due to open in theaters next year.
On Tuesday, Disney-Pixar released the first ever trailer of the sequel, entitled Finding Dory, which was also posted on Ellen DeGeneres’ website.
The story follows Nemo a year after he was found at the end of the first film. It appears that Nemo’s friend Dory is also a troubled fish that is looking for her family, although she appears to have forgotten the details.
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In the clip, Nemo can be seen hearing Dory snore and mumble in her dreams, after which she starts “sleepswimming.” Nemo and his dad take the “amnesiac blue tang” back to her home just to sleep once again. Dory ends up going missing, but the father-and-son duo eventually manage to find her.
The teaser then reveals that Dory was actually dreaming of her family, and now she needs to venture out on a quest to find them. Dory, however, has a problem — she always forgets — and so her quest becomes a real challenge.
In the clip that runs for about a minute and a half, it appears that Dory would rely heavily on the two clownfish, Marlin, and his son, Nemo.
“I remembered something,” she says in the clip. “That’s not possible, is it? Is it like a picture in your head and you think you’ve seen it before? I just used the word ‘before’ which means I’m remembering. What was I talking about?”
The teaser provides a glimpse of how complicated the search will be. Was she given away when she was young? Are her parents still alive? Do they remember her at all? All these questions would soon be answered in a matter of months.
Dory Searches for Her Family in Finding Nemo Sequel
TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres reprises her role as Dory, and this time around she plays the protagonist of the story.
She was evidently excited as she showed off the trailer on the Tuesday episode of her show. While the entire story is set up in the Monterey Marine Life Institute in California, the film may actually be pushing the story outside, and into the ocean.
The TV personality even gave a subtle hint about the film’s purpose and central theme. “I think that fish should be in the ocean. It’s what this whole sequel is about: It’s about rehabilitation and putting them back in the ocean. And we have to protect our oceans,” she said.
It is also interesting that the trailer was released just a day after SeaWorld announced that it would stop orca theatrical shows in its San Diego theme park.
Meanwhile, the Finding Nemo sequel voice cast is star-studded, with Albert Brooks once again voicing Marlin, Diane Keaton and Eugene as Dory’s parents, Ed O’Neill as an octopus, Kaitlin Olson as a whale shark, and Dominic Cooper and Idris Elba whose roles have yet to be revealed.
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However, it was not yet clear who voices Nemo, whose original voice actor, Alexander Gould, is now 21 years old.
Earlier this year, Disney-Pixar hit it big with the emotional rollercoaster Inside Out, which was a certified blockbuster and a favorite among moviegoers of all ages.
Finding Nemo remains one of the company’s best-remembered hits in the new millennium. The Academy Award-winning film is also considered one of the best animated movies of all time.
The animated film brings back director Andrew Stanton, although this time around, co-director Angus MacLane joins him to create this much-anticipated Finding Nemo sequel for Disney and Pixar.
Other Pixar films in the works include The Good Dinosaur, which will premiere on Thanksgiving in the U.S., and the fourth installment of Toy Story, set to be released in 2017.
Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17, 2016.
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