At the recent CCXP - Comic Con Experience in Brazil - the President of Disney Pixar Studios, Jim Morris, laid out some of what we can expect from the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory.
As well as showing artwork, unfinished scenes, and some new animation software, Morris released a brief synopsis of the film. According to ComicBookMovie, the film will follow Dory, Marlin, and Nemo as they embark on an epic journey to discover Dory's origins and parents.
Apparently, much of the story will take place in the Marine Biology Institute of California - a large complex in which marine life is studied and rehabilitated. Dory discovers she was born and raised in the research facility before being released into the wild.
Morris also revealed some of the new characters we can expect to meet in Finding Dory. There are no pictures or character biographies yet, but we do know Finding Dory will feature an octopus, sea lions, and a beluga whale among others. So far, we only know that Ty Burrell will be voicing one of these characters - a beluga whale called Bailey. Diane Keaton is down to voice Dory's mother Jenny, while Eugene Levy will voice her father, Charlie.
Of course, there's still the possibility of Dory, Marlin, and Nemo running into some old familiar Finding Nemo faces. We've already heard Gill and Deb will be making the return, but here are three more aquatic characters I'd like to see in Finding Dory.
The Finding Nemo Tank Gang was chock-full of weird and wonderful characters, but I have to say, the French-accented banded cleaner shrimp, Jacques, was my clear favorite.
It's been a very long time since I first saw Finding Nemo, but I still remember the line below is definitely the one which made me laugh the most.
Unfortunately, the voice actor who played Jacques, Joe Ranft, died in a car crash in 2005, which means it's not clear if Jacques could make a speaking return for the sequel. However, it is possible his brother - another Pixar animator and voice actor - could provide the voice.
One fishy friend I'm almost certain we'll see again is the moralistic great white shark, Bruce. Of course, he formed a major part of the beginning of the film, and he and the rest of his Fish-Friendly Sharks returned to the screen again towards the end. Throw in the fact he was on almost all of the posters, and I think it would be very strange if we didn't see him again.
As the final scene of the film shows, Bruce and Dory eventually became firm friends, and I'm sure he'd be a useful ally to have for their adventure across the Pacific Ocean.
Another welcome return would, of course, be everyone's favorite EAC riding reptile, Crush.
Now, I can't imagine Crush will become a major player in a sequel - since, y'know, he kind of just does his own thing, dude. But I sure wouldn't mind a little cameo from the chilled out centenarian. If he can find some time away from munching on seaweed...
Which Finding Nemo character would you like to see in Finding Dory?
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