Disney Pixar announced today that Finding Nemo 2 will be called Finding Dory and will be released November 2015.
Finding Dory is not an April Fools joke! The following title art was released:
Ellen DeGeneres had been in talks for Finding Nemo 2 as far back as August, and the project was confirmed by director Andrew Stanton in September. Albert Brooks, who voiced Nemo’s dad Marlin, is on board too.
“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres in a press release issued by Disney. “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 Nemo and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton added: “There is no Dory without Ellen. 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.”
Disney and Stanton say that Finding Dory takes place a year after the first film, and all your favorite characters are returning. “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 Dory opens in theaters November 25, 2015. Pixar’s next film to be released is the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University this June. In between Monsters and Dory they will release two original films: The Good Dinosaur in May 2014 and Inside Out in June 2015.
UPDATE: Watch Ellen talk about Finding Dory on her show today…