Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY Coming to Theaters June 17, 2016

Today Walt Disney Studios announced the anticipated sequel to Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (2003) will be titled FINDING DORY and is coming to theaters on June 17, 2016.  Ellen DeGeneres is confirmed to reprise her role as the voice of Dory, the blue Tang fish with very little short term memory.  Continue reading for all the details from Walt Disney Studios’ press release.

Update June 21, 2016

Now that FINDING DORY has hit theaters, Disney released images of the a-Dory-ble Baby Dory plus a FINDING DORY clip featuring the cutest Baby Dory.

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Pictured: Dory. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Pictured (L-R): Charlie, Dory, Jenny. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Update June 16, 2016

While it doesn’t reach heights of FINDING NEMO, FINDING DORY is a fun little film with new characters kids will enjoy. Click here for our full, spoiler-free, FINDING DORY movie review.

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Update June 15, 2016

During the FINDING DORY press day, Ellen DeGeneres summed up the movie’s appeal saying, “I think that everyone is searching for their home, whatever that is. I think home is different for everybody. I understand what a sense of belonging is. I understand when you want to say, ‘Why am I who I am? Where did I come from?’ and ‘How did I end up where I am?’ Yeah, I can relate to that. I think everybody can.”  Click here for more of the cast and crew, including director Andrew Stanton, discussing the complexity of the Pixar film.

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Update May 25, 2016

Latest trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY, “have you seen her?”

Update April 7, 2016

Character lineup revealed for FINDING DORY with both new and familiar faces.

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DESTINY (voice of Kaitlin Olson) may be a clumsy swimmer, but she has a big heart. She has a big everything, actually—whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea. Destiny resides in the Marine Life Institute, where one day an oddly familiar blue tang named Dory falls into her pool. Destiny is admittedly embarrassed by her obvious lack of grace, a product of poor eyesight, but Dory thinks she swims beautifully. And Dory is delighted to learn that her supersized friend speaks whale, too. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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HANK (voice of Ed O’Neill) is an octopus. Actually, he’s a “septopus”: he lost a tentacle—along with his sense of humor—somewhere along the way. But Hank is just as competent as his eight-armed peers. An accomplished escape artist with camouflaging capabilities to boot, Hank is the first to greet Dory when she finds herself in the Marine Life Institute. But make no mistake: he’s not looking for a friend. Hank is after one thing—a ticket on a transport truck to a cozy Cleveland facility where he’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful life of solitude. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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BAILEY (voice of Ty Burrell) is the Marine Life Institute’s resident beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz. The good news—or bad news, depending on who you ask—is that doctors at the MLI can’t seem to find anything wrong with him. Bailey’s flair for the dramatic never ceases to push his neighbor’s buttons: whale shark Destiny can’t seem to get through to him, no matter how hard she tries. Maybe he’ll listen to new friend Dory, who seems to be full of crazy ideas. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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BECKY (voice of Torbin Bullock) is an offbeat, kooky loon who takes a liking to Marlin. Although she inspires little confidence—especially from a certain, skeptical clownfish—she might be smarter than she looks. . ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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OTTERS are seriously cute. Seriously, who can resist their sweet, furry faces? ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Pictured (L-R): RUDDER (voice of Dominic West) and FLUKE (voice of Idris Elba) are a pair of lazy sea lions who were rehabilitated at the Marine Life Institute. Marlin and Nemo find them snoozing on a warm—and highly coveted—rock just outside the center. These sea lions really enjoy their down time and would rather not be bothered mid nap—but their bark is far worse than their bite.. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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CHARLIE (voice of Eugene Levy) and JENNY (voice of Diane Keaton) would do anything for their only child, Dory. They celebrate and protect her, striving to arm her with the skills she’ll need to navigate the world with a faulty memory. Jenny may appear cheerful and a little flighty—but she’s a protective mother and a smart role model. Charlie likes to joke around, but nothing is more important to him than teaching his memory-challenged daughter how to survive. . ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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DORY (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) is a bright blue tang with a sunny personality. She suffers from short-term memory loss, which normally doesn’t upset her upbeat attitude—until she realizes she’s forgotten something big: her family. She’s found a new family in Marlin and Nemo, but she’s haunted by the belief that someone out there is looking for her. Dory may have trouble recalling exactly what—or who—she’s searching for, but she won’t give up until she uncovers her past and discovers something else along the way: self-acceptance. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Pictured (L-R): One year after his big overseas adventure, NEMO (voice of Hayden Rolence) is back to being a normal kid: going to school and living on the coral reef with his dad and their blue tang neighbor, Dory. His harrowing adventure abroad doesn’t seem to have sapped his spirit. In fact, when Dory remembers pieces of her past and longs to take off on an ambitious ocean trek to find her family, Nemo is the first to offer his help. He may be a young clownfish with a lucky fin, but Nemo wholeheartedly believes in Dory. After all, he understands what it’s like to be different. MARLIN (voice of Albert Brooks) may have traveled across the ocean once, but that doesn’t mean he wants to do it again. So he doesn’t exactly jump at the opportunity to accompany Dory on a mission to the California coast to track down her family. Marlin, of course, knows how it feels to lose family, and it was Dory who helped him find Nemo not so long ago. The clownfish may not be funny, but he’s loyal—he realizes he has no choice but to pack up his nervous energy and skepticism and embark on yet another adventure, this time to help his friend. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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CRUSH (voice of Andrew Stanton) and his SQUIRT (voice of Bennett Dammann) just might be the coolest turtles in the ocean. They’re always happy to lend a flipper to a fish in need. Cruising the ocean for more than a hundred years definitely has its advantages. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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CRUSH (voice of Andrew Stanton) and his SQUIRT (voice of Bennett Dammann) just might be the coolest turtles in the ocean. They’re always happy to lend a flipper to a fish in need. Cruising the ocean for more than a hundred years definitely has its advantages. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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MR. RAY (voice of Bob Peterson) is the tune-loving teacher from the reef, who takes Nemo’s education—and that of his fellow undersea students—very seriously. Nobody enjoys Mr. Ray’s class more than Dory, who serves as his cheerful, albeit unnecessary, teacher’s assistant during their illuminating field trips. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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Update April 6, 2016

Click here for printable FINDING DORY activity pages and coloring sheets.

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Update March 2, 2016

Full trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY, “have you seen her?”

Update February 17, 2016

Series of “have you seen her?” posters released for Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY.

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Update November 11, 2015

First poster and trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY.

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Update August 14, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees, celebrating Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film “Finding Dory.”  Oscar-winning Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-director Angus MacLane and Producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) offered details about the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

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Actress Ellen DeGeneres (L) and director Andrew Stanton of FINDING DORY (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

 

Said Stanton, “In FINDING DORY, we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.”

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DO I KNOW YOU? ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark.

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(L-R) Actors Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson and Ellen DeGeneres of FINDING DORY (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

 

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” also features the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.

Original post from April 2, 2013 follows below

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(Pictured) DORY ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

From Walt Disney Studios Press Release:

When Dory said “just keep swimming” in 2003’s Oscar-winning film Finding Nemo, she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember).  Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”—an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on November 25, 2015.

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“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres.  “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 extraordinary underwater world created in the original film.  “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, and features returning favorites 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.

“Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature; the film 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.  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—is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney•Pixar film.

DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world.  Her syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is in its 10th season and has earned 38 Daytime Emmy Awards.  DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian for three consecutive years.  Additionally, her show won two Genesis Awards and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode.  For her unforgettable turn as Dory, DeGeneres was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.

So what do you think?  After “Toy Story 2 & 3,” “Cars 2,” Monsters University, and Planes, are you looking forward to another sequel in “Finding Dory?”  I like “Finding Nemo” enough that I’m willing to wait and see with this one, but leave your thoughts below.   For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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