After scoring a major hit with Inside Out in the summer of 2015, only to receive mixed reviews for The Good Dinosaur, Pixar is going back to doing sequels once again with Finding Dory as their summer release film for 2016. It took 13 years to get a sequel from the massively popular fish film, and this one will focus on everyone's favorite sidekick character Dory, reprised by Ellen DeGeneres. This is what is known about Finding Dory's Release Date, New Trailer, and Cast of Characters.
The film has a trailer that can be seen below, and it shows what it could be about. It would appear that Dory lives next to the anemone where Marlin and Nemo live, and the two clownfish find it hard to keep Dory in one place. It appears that Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss, is beginning to remember something important, and it is related to her family.
It looks like instead of trying to find Nemo, it looks like Marlin, Nemo, and Dory are attempting to find Dory's family. Except for Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks reprising his role as Marlin, it doesn't look like any of the original cast of Finding Nemo is involved, according to the IMDB page. Nemo is not voiced by Alexander Gould (who grew up on Showtime's Weeds), but relative newcomer Hayden Rolence.
There are still celebrities in the cast like Diane Keaton as Jenny, Kaitlin Olson as Destiny, Ed O'Neill as Hank, Ty Burrell as Bailey, and Eugene Levy as Charlie. Also included on the cast list is Idris Elba and Dominic West, but their characters are not listed.
It's not known why Disney/Pixar is keeping the characters under wraps, as many would like to see many of the zany characters introduced in Finding Nemo make a return. Many want to know if the tank gang including Gill and the others ever escaped their bags at the end of the film. Considering that Andrew Stanton is directing Finding Dory, and he portrayed the surfer turtle Crush in Finding Nemo, it is pretty apparent that at least he will be making a comeback unless this film goes in a different direction.
There is very little known about these new characters, but Entertainment Weekly has shown them in the image above. Ty Burrell is Bailey, the beluga whale, and Kaitlin Olson is Destiny, the whale shark.
It should be noted that each of these characters has a particular deficiency. Like Dory and her short-term memory loss, Bailey and Destiny have their deficiencies. Bailey has defective sonar while Destiny cannot swim straight. Is Pixar's latest film attempting to put disability in the spotlight?
As it was written earlier, Finding Dory could go in an entirely different direction than the first film, which was a "search" film. This is certainly looking like more of the same, except there isn't any clue about where Dory's family could be, and Dory isn't exactly a reliable source. In fact, Dory's short-term memory loss was played for laughs in the first film, but it is a serious problem for a lot of people. Perhaps Finding Dory will look at Dory's character with a more serious lens.
Expect Finding Dory in theaters on June 17, 2016.