The talk show host voiced the bumbling, forgetful, annoying but lovable blue tang fish in the original film — which happened to gross $380 million at the domestic box office and $922 million worldwide – so you see why there had to be a sequel.
“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “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.”
Finding Dory will be directed by Finding Nemo helmer Andrew Stanton, whose guidance led the film to win the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The sequel will focus on Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory character, of course, but instead of Australia things take place along the California coastline about a year after the first film. I’m guessing Dory had to have wondered far from home and forgot how to get back. We’ll be lucky if she even remembers who she is.
Anyhow, Marlin, Nemo, and the Tank Gang (from the dentist office fish tank) will be returning to join Dory. We can also expect to see a bunch of new characters.
Finding Dory is schedule for release on November 25, 2015.