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"An unforgettable journey she probably won't remember."

Finding Dory is Pixar's seventeenth feature film. It is the sequel to Finding Nemo. It was released in theaters on June 17, 2016,[7] and celebrates Pixar's 30th anniversary. The Pixar short, Piper, is attached to the film.[8]

The film itself won many awards, grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it Pixar's second film to cross this mark after 2010's Toy Story 3. The film stars the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, and Eugene Levy.


In Finding Dory, It's been one year since Dory helped Marlin rescue his son Nemo. The three of them have now become very close friends. One day when Dory remembers where her parents live, she, Marlin and Nemo head off on an epic quest to find them. Their journey leads to them a Marine Life Institute where they begin a hilarious and heartwarming search and meet some new friends.


The films opens with Dory as a baby in a tank playing with her parents Charlie, and Jenny. The scene then cuts to Baby Dory lost in the ocean. As Dory grows up on her own, she asks many fish to help her find her way back to her family, only to forget what she was asking them for help. This eventually leads to her meeting a clownfish named Marlin and helping him rescue his son named Nemo.

The story then cuts to one year after the original film. Dory has become a helping hand in raising Nemo. One day, while with Nemo's class, Dory remembers that she has a family. She longs to find her parents, though she finds it hard to rely on her short-term memory loss. The only thing she remembers is that they lived at the Jewel of Morro Bay, California.

Marlin and Nemo accompany Dory in her quest. With the help of Crush, they ride the water current to California. On arrival, they are forced to flee from a predatory giant squid that nearly devours Nemo. Afterwards, Marlin tends to his son, and is sour toward Dory for getting them into the mess. Hurt, Dory travels to the surface to seek help and is rescued by the Marine Life Institute after being caught in six pack rings, becoming separated from Marlin and Nemo.

Dory is sent to the Quarantine section and tagged. There she meets a grouchy, seven-tentacled octopus named Hank. Dory's tag shows that she will be sent to a permanent aquarium in Cleveland. Due to a traumatic ocean life, Hank wants to continue living in an aquarium, so he agrees to help Dory find her parents in exchange for her tag. In one exhibit, Dory encounters her childhood friend, Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark who communicated with Dory through pipes, and Bailey a beluga whale who believes he is unable to echolocate. Dory learns from Destiny that she lived with her parents at the Open Ocean Exhibit, and makes Hank travel with her. She subsequently has flashbacks of life with her parents, and struggles to improve her memory, which help her solve certain situations. When she helps Hank get out of the touch pool, they bond with each other. Hank safely puts Dory into the open ocean exhibit.

Marlin and Nemo attempt to rescue Dory. With the help of sea lions Fluke and Rudder and a common loon named Becky, they manage to get into the Institute. Dory finally remembers how she became separated from her parents: she had overheard her mother crying out of concern for her, left her home to retrieve a shell in hopes of cheering her up, and was pulled away by the undertow. She then learns that all the blue tangs are being shipped to Cleveland from Quarantine. Dory is given directions to Quarantine through pipes by Destiny and Bailey: Bailey finally uses echolocation to find directions and Destiny echoes the directions through the pipes.

Dory reunites with Marlin and Nemo in the pipe system. Back in Quarantine, they locate the tank of blue tangs, who tell her that her parents escaped to search for Dory and never came back. Dory believes her parents are dead. Hank retrieves Dory from the tank, leaving Marlin and Nemo behind. He is then apprehended by one of the employees and accidentally drops Dory into the drain that takes her to the ocean. Dory comes across a trail of shells, remembering that when she was young, her parents had set out a similar trail for her so that she could always follow it and find her way back home. At the end of the trail, Dory finds her parents, Charlie, and Jenny, and joyfully reunites with them. They tell her they have spent years forming trails of shells for her to follow in the hopes that she would eventually find them.

Marlin and Nemo end up in the truck that will take the fish to Cleveland. Destiny and Bailey help Dory in rescuing them. With great difficulty and a lot of hurdles, Dory, Marlin, Nemo and other fish on the truck (including Hank, after persuasion by Dory) make it to the ocean. Dory now lives a new life on the reef with her parents, Marlin, Nemo, Hank, Destiny and Bailey.

The credits scene is a mini-prequel featuring clips of Hank set before the events of the film's main plot.

In a post-credits scene, the Tank Gang, who are still trapped in their now algae-covered plastic bags, reach California after a year of floating across the Pacific Ocean. They are then rescued by the Marine Life Institute volunteers.

Voice cast[]

Since Joe Ranft, the voice of Jacques, died in 2005 during production of Cars, Jacques was voiced by Jerome Ranft (Joe's surviving brother), similar to Red's case in the Cars film series.[17] Alexander Gould did not voice Nemo, as he had long hit puberty since the release of the first film.[23][24] He was instead voiced by Hayden Rolence.


In 2005, after disagreements between Disney's Michael Eisner and Pixar's Steve Jobs over the distribution of Pixar's films, Disney announced that they would be creating a new animation studio, Circle 7 Animation, to make sequels to the seven Disney-owned Pixar films (which consisted of the films released between 1995 and 2006).[25] The studio had put Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc. 2 in development, and had also hired screenwriter Laurie Craig to write a draft for Finding Nemo 2.[26] Circle 7 had since been shut down after Robert Iger replaced Eisner as CEO of Disney and arranged the acquisition of Pixar.

In July 2012, it was reported that Andrew Stanton was developing a sequel to Finding Nemo,[27] with Victoria Strouse writing the script and a schedule to be released in 2016.[28] However, the same day the news of a potential sequel broke, director Andrew Stanton posted a message on his personal Twitter calling into question the accuracy of these reports. The message said: "Didn't you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don't believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling"[29] According to the report by Hollywood Reporter published in August 2012, Ellen DeGeneres was in negotiations to reprise her role of Dory.[30] In September, it was confirmed by Stanton saying: "What was immediately on the list was writing a second Carter movie. When that went away, everything slid up. I know I'll be accused by more sarcastic people that it's a reaction to Carter not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit."[31] In February 2013, it was confirmed by the press that Albert Brooks would reprise the role of Marlin in the sequel.[32]

In April 2013, Disney announced the sequel Finding Dory for November 25, 2015, confirming that Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks would be reprising their roles as Dory and Marlin, respectively.[33][34][35][36][37]

Ellen has made a long campaign for a sequel on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[34]

In a Los Angeles Times interview, Stanton talked about the sequel's origin: "There was polite inquiry from Disney (about a Finding Nemo sequel). I was always 'No sequels, no sequels.' But I had to get on board from a VP standpoint. (Sequels) are part of the necessity of our staying afloat, but we don't want to have to go there for those reasons. We want to go there creatively, so we said (to Disney), Can you give us the timeline about when we release them? Because we'd like to release something we actually want to make, and we might not come up with it the year you want it."[38]

The film's ending was revised after Pixar executives viewed Blackfish, a documentary film which focuses on dangers of keeping orca whales in captivity. Initially, some of the characters would end in a SeaWorld-like marine park, but the revision gave them an option to leave.[39][40] On September 18, 2013, it was announced that the film would be pushed back to a June 17, 2016 release. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur was moved to the November 25, 2015 slot in order to allow more time for production of the film.[41][7]


Finding Dory received a PG rating (for mild thematic elements) by the MPAA.[42] This is the sixth Pixar movie to be rated as such in the US after The Incredibles, Up, Brave, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur. It is also the first Pixar sequel to have another rating other than the original film's rating (G).


The soundtrack, which is composed by Thomas Newman, was released on June 17, 2016, with the inclusion of a cover of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" by Sia.[43]

Attached short film[]

The short film Piper, directed by Alan Barillaro, was attached to the theatrical release of Finding Dory.

Possible sequel[]

Director Andrew Stanton commented in June 2016 about the possibility of a third Finding Nemo film, stating:

"I really do feel like that this was the missing piece, emotionally, for the first movie. Now, I’ve stopped saying never for anything because there are a lot of new characters that get introduced and we’ve broadened the universe for this movie. And again, I’m very used to seeing that world continue to open up from the Toy Story movies, so I’ve learned to just say, to my knowledge, I think everything that was born of the first movie is wrapped up. But we’ll see. With any of the other sequels, we strive to try and make it seem like it was inevitable, like it was meant to be, that all these extended stories and journeys with these characters were part of the whole canon. And that's really hard, but it's so satisfying for me when I’m experiencing that, whether it's a great second season of a TV show or another book in a series. It's a small club when it's done successfully. Regardless of how much people may vocalize that they don’t enjoy or wish that there weren’t extensions, sometimes it's really nice to go back and spend more time with these characters if they evolve, if they grow, if they expand. So that, I’m very happy with. I feel like it was just as hard, if not harder, on Finding Dory to get it to feel inevitable and preordained, and that it was always of the larger piece."[44]


See Finding Dory Trivia.




Character Images[]

Concept Art[]




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