Finding Dory, Disney Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, will finally allow fans to reunite with their beloved underwater characters after 13 years. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Finding Nemo, the 2003 animated film, had audiences around the world falling in love with the two clown fish named Nemo and Marlin and a cheerful blue tang named Dory who suffered from short-term memory loss.
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The end of Finding Nemo saw Nemo reunited with his father Marlin, and this latest adventure will have the father-son duo helping their friend Dory reunite with her family. The new story, set in the extraordinary underwater world, takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo, with Dory becoming homesick herself and setting out on a quest to discover her origins. Finding Dory has the friendly blue tang seeking to reunite with her loved ones, with viewers becoming enlightened about the true meaning of family.
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The new teaser trailer from the Disney Pixar YouTube page finally gives Finding Nemo fans a first look at the longing and excitement that Dory goes through about reuniting with her mother, even though she hardly remembers anything about her.
The upcoming sequel will also feature characters like Hank the octopus, Fluke the sea lion, and Bailey the beluga whale. Finding Dory’s voice cast will once again feature Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of Dory along with a number of other talented voice stars, including Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, who will lend their voices to Dory’s parents.
Movie Web reports that in honor of Mother’s Day a few weeks ago, Disney Pixar released another new Finding Dory teaser video, with Ellen DeGeneres and Diane Keaton wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.
Given that the original Finding Nemo film won the 2003 Academy Award in the Best Animated Feature category, fans are wondering whether the 2016 Finding Dory sequel will be in line to win an Academy Award like its predecessor.
One difference that has been noticed between the limited information currently available about Finding Dory and the original is that the new film has a PG rating for its “mild thematic elements,” while Finding Nemo was rated “G for general audiences” back in 2003. According to Forbes, this is unprecedented, as every Pixar sequel until now has been released with the same rating as its predecessor. The allocation of the PG rating for Finding Dory is also surprising, as all three Toy Story films went out with G ratings, even though most would recognize that Toy Story 3 contained some scenes that certainly would have scared small children.
Therefore, the PG rating for Finding Dory means that the film is very emotive and contains some truly scary scenes (more so than Toy Story 3) or that the MPAA has become much harsher in laying down guidelines about what kids should watch.
In other Finding Dory news, Australian scientists are concerned about the upcoming release of the film, as they have linked the popularity of its characters to the increase in the sale of ornamental marine species. The Brisbane Times reports that researchers at Australian universities have revealed that the popularity of the 2003 film Finding Nemo contributed to a continuous decline in wild clownfish populations, as fans wanted to own their very own “Nemo.”
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The population of clownfish declined to such an extent that the researchers decided to set up “The Saving Nemo Conservation Fund” to protect the clownfish population thriving on the seas of the Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, Philippines, and Southeast Asia. The researchers’ concern is further aggravated by the fact that the regal blue tang (known as the “Dory” fish) are perhaps now more susceptible to having their numbers reduced as they thrive in an environment that provides them algae to nourish. Additionally, they are more prone to diseases and are very vulnerable to aquarium environments. The Australian researchers believe that that Finding Dory’s producers should encourage audiences to help conserve the blue tang population, however, whether those behind the scenes will take this advice on board remains to be seen.
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