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Last summer, it was revealed that Pixar was putting together a sequel to their 2003 hit film 'Finding Nemo.' 'Nemo' director, and Pixar mainstay, Andrew Stanton was said to once again be taking the reins. Shortly thereafter, both Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres signed on to reprise their roles as Marlin and Dory respectively. Now it has been revealed that the sequel will in fact be called 'Finding Dory,' centering on DeGeneres' spacey sidekick character, and that it will be released November 25th, 2015. Stanton has stated that 'Finding Dory' will take place a year after the events of 'Finding Nemo,' and feature the return of, among others, Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang. It is set, at least in part, along the California coastline, and will introduce several new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life. Here's what DeGeneres had to say about returning in a more focal role for the sequel...
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “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.”
What is Pixar's current obsession with sequels? In addition to 'Finding Dory,' they are set to release 'Monsters University' this June and the 'Cars' spin-off 'Planes' in August. We have two paradigms to which we can refer when it comes to Pixar sequels: 'Cars 2' and the 'Toy Story' followups. Obviously 'Cars 2' was tremendously underwhelming, and far from the quality we've come to expect from Pixar, but the fact that 'Toy Story 2' and 'Toy Story 3' were so outstanding prevents us from simply writing off Pixar sequels as a whole. However, it does seem like they are tempting fate by focusing so much on franchises instead of continuing to develop new properties. All that being said, my favorite aspect of 'Finding Nemo' was definitely the character of Dory. I'm therefore happy to see that not only is DeGeneres returning to voice Dory, but that she will be centerpiece of the new film. If they feel they absolutely have to make a 'Finding Nemo' sequel, I think this might be their best concept to pursue.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about 'Finding Dory?' Do you feel Pixar is a bit sequel-happy these days?