Somewhere, beyond the sea; somewhere waiting for you and me, is the very first trailer for Andrew Stanton’s animated sequel Finding Dory. Yes, as promised, Disney-Pixar have unveiled our first look at the director’s long-awaited maritime follow-up, and it’s one that sees Ellen DeGeneres’ titular character beginning to recall distant memories.
Dory is, of course, as clumsy as ever, with the footage revealing that she has a tendency to mumble general gibberish while dosing and even sleep-swim. But Nemo and Marlin begin to notice that our favorite Paracanthurus hepatus is subconsciously searching for her family, and Finding Dory appears to revolve around the title character finding a way back home – and likely getting lost along the way.
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Prior to today’s reveal, Pixar President Jim Morris offered an inkling about the sequel’s general set-up, indicating that Dory was actually raised in an artificial tank in the California Marine Biology Institute.
“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.”
Heralding a colorful array of new characters – octopi, sea lions and a beluga whale are all include – Finding Dory boasts a star-studded ensemble in the voice booth, with Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton all lining Pixar’s much-anticipated sequel.
Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will set off on another grand adventure when Pixar’s Finding Dory swims all the way into theaters on June 17, 2016. Until then, you can share your early impressions of Stanton’s animation using the comments section below.