While Pixar has a full upcoming slate that includes next summer's Inside Out followed by The Good Dinosaur in November, along with the much anticipated debut of Toy Story 4 in 2017, one of their most anticipated projects is a sequel to the 2003 classic Finding Nemo. Omlete recently caught up with Pixar President Jim Morris, who spoke about the 2016 release. He offered the first new information we've heard about this follow-up in quite sometime, revealing the story and the setting.
Even though it will have been 13 years since we last saw Nemo and Dory, Finding Dory will pick up a mere six months since the original. Dory (a role being reprised by Ellen DeGeneres) is living a quite life among the other clown fish. After going on a class trip with Nemo, she begins to feel homesick and sets out on a quest to find her humble origins. Says Jim Morris about the setting:
"The movie will be mostly set at the California Marine Biology Institute, a huge complex of sea life rehabilitation and aquarium, where Dory was born and raised. We will get to meet new characters, like an octopus, sea lions, a beluga whale, among others."
While Finding Dory originally had a different story set in place, Pixar changed direction after the studio screened Blackfish, which follows the plight of a killer whale held in captivity at SeaWorld. The movie was originally set at an aquatic park, but the filmmakers hope that this change to a Biology Institute will set them on 'the right side of history'.
Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton are set to voice Dory's parents. Other characters that will make an appearance will include Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang. There will also be new characters who are part of the California coastline. Albert Brooks will return as Nemo's father Marlin, along with cast members Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe, Vicki Lewis, Idris Elba and Dominic West.