Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details this week about Disney Pixar's Finding Dory, an all new big-screen adventure bursting into cinemas on November 25th 2015.
(Although I'd expect the UK will more likely see it at the start of 2016, due to Disney/Pixar's habit of releasing their pre-Christmas movies actually post-Christmas over here.)
DeGeneres said this about the endeavour, 'I have waited for this day a long, long, long, long, long, long time. 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 wonderful underwater world created in 2003's Finding Nemo. '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, (despite there being a whopping 12/13 years between the actual movie releases - wow!) and features returning favourites 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. Albert Brooks is also confirmed to return.
Finding Nemo won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three additional Oscars (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing.) It was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion-Picture Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named Finding Nemo among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, Finding Nemo was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. (Thats the equivalent of a U over here.) It's currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook and Dory, with more than 24 million Likes, is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney Pixar film.
What do you reckon folks? Are we in for another Pixar classic? Or just a really fantastic sequel, ala Toy Story 3? Let us know your thoughts below!