D23 Expo: Ellen DeGeneres finally gets to reveal Finding Dory’s cast


After years and years of campaigning for a sequel to Finding Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres took the stage at D23 to help announce the cast for the sequel to Nemo. Andrew Stanton announced that along with Ellen, Albert Brooks would be returning to voice Marlin and newcomer Hayden Rolence will voice Nemo (former Nemo voice, Alexander Gould, is now 21).

In addition to the Brooks and Rolence announcement, Stanton announced that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy would be playing Dory’s mom and dad, respectively. “I wanted to know if this charming forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be okay,” Stanton said. “That she would find her way home. And at the end of Finding Nemo, I wasn’t confident about that. So that’s when I knew I had another story.”

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14:  (L-R) Actors Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson and Ellen DeGeneres of FINDING DORY took part today in "Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Ellen DeGeneres; Ed O'Neill; Ty Burrell; Kaitlin Olson

In the sequel, set six months after Nemo, Dory actually remembers something: her own family. As usual, she remembers but then forgets. As she anxiously tries to remember what she remembers, Marlin and Nemo bring her home to rest. Nemo wakes up in the middle of the night to see Dory missing from her home. As Nemo swims around looking for Dory, he sees her “sleep-swimming” while muttering the words “Jewel of Monterey.” Unaware of her “sleep-swimming,” Nemo asks Dory about the “Jewel of Monterey.” It’s these words that set off a chain of memories in which Dory realizes that she has a family and that she has to get to them. They could be worried sick about her after all. Marlin tries to dissuade Dory from venturing past the reef again, but Dory reminds Marlin that she would do anything to reunite with her family just like he did. Thus begins the adventure between Dory, Marlin and Nemo.

As the presentation went on, Ellen DeGeneres came on stage to help introduce the new cast members joining the film. Ed O’Neill (ABC’s Modern Family) plays Hank a cantankerous octopus septopus (he lost a leg). Ty Burrell (ABC’s Modern Family) plays Bailey, a misguided Beluga whale that thinks he has a serious head injury without realizing that all Beluga whales looks like that. Kaitlin Olson (FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) plays Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark that thinks she’s a real shark.

DO I KNOW YOU? -- In Disney?Pixar's "Finding Dory," everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), encounters an array of new?and old?acquaintances, including a cantankerous octopus named Hank (voice of Ed O'Neill). Directed by Andrew Stanton (?Finding Nemo,? ?WALL?E?) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer ?WALL?E?), ?Finding Dory? swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

The second clip shows Dory getting captured by the marine biologists who work at the “Jewel of Monterey” aquarium. Dory is put in the quarantine section of the aquarium and is tagged by the marine biologists. Here we see Hank’s incredible cloaking abilities as he sneaks across the lab to talk with Dory. We find out that Hank is trying to get tagged in order to stay within the confines of a glass box forever, instead of being set free in the ocean. Dory on the other hand forgets she has a tag, so she believes that her tag is important and wants to keep it. Hank tries to bargain with Dory, but to no avail. That is until Dory finds out that her parents are here. She tells Hank that in exchange for a reunion with her parents, she’ll give Hank her tag.

What do you think of Finding Dory so far?

Finding Dory crosses the ocean into theaters on June 17, 2016.

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