Hard to believe we’ll have to wait two years to see but lo, Finding Nemo’s sequel, Finding Dory, will take that long to spring to life. Andrew Stanton will helm, and we can safely say this is to be Pixar’s second ever film with a female lead.  The 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 Nov. 25, 2015.

“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.

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  • The Pope

    As if Cars 2, its spin-off and Monsters University were not enough, here we are for another sequel from Pixar? But who are we to be surprised, or of late disappointed. Fun as their films used to be, were they really all that original? At least four Pixars resemble previous works.
    A Bug’s Life/The Seven Samurai
    Monsters, Inc./Little Monsters
    Cars/ Doc Hollywood
    The Incredibles/Fantastic Four

  • CMG

    For the longest time, I thought aside from the Toy Story movies the Pixar movie that lent itself most to a sequel was The Incredibles. It’s oddly never materialized and I am not entirely sure why aside from Brad Bird putting his foot down.

  • I’d prefer a The Incredibles sequel and was (still am a little) skeptical for a Finding Nemo sequel.
    I mean it’s such a wonderful film with a warm and happy ending….
    Though the more Dory we get, the better!

  • Josh

    Count me 100% IN for this. I loved Finding Nemo and think this will be great.

  • I enjoyed “Brave,” so I’m not anywhere near as pessimistic on Pixar as a lot of people seem to be. I mean, it’s no “Wall•E” or “Ratatouille” but talk about setting the bar way too high if that’s what it takes to please people.

    Also hoping Stanton makes a great film out of this. I thought “John Carter” wasn’t bad, and I’d hate to see it kill his career.

  • g

    I was worried about a sequel to this but I think their direction is a great idea. Dory’s back story was never explained in the first movie so this won’t just be some tired sequel that’s run out of gas.

  • Evan

    She’s a fish. How much backstory can she have, g? Ha.

    My problem is with the name Finding Dory and its implications: is it going to be another tale of a missing fish? Meh.

  • DCKE

    I have to imagine you’re taking the word “finding” much too literally. I assume it will be more along the lines of finding oneself – us finding out who Dory really is…and potentially Dory finding herself, since she presumably can’t remember.

  • alan of montreal

    re: female lead

    there’s also that film about the world within a young girl’s mind that Pixar is planning to put out (though I’m not sure when the release date for that is or if the girl is actually the lead.

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