Finding Nemo was a cash cow (fish?) for Pixar. Currently the 23rd highest-grossing movie ever made, Andrew Stanton’s fish tale from 2003 won an Oscar, critical praise, and was responsible for keeping aquariums afloat (all puns intended). So it was only a matter of time before the sequel was announced, but that matter of time turned out to be a decade. Prepping audiences for the event, Marlin (Albert Brooks), Nemo (Alexander Gould), and the original school of fish got a 3D re-release last year, as rumours circulated that Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) would be making a comeback. Earlier this week, lo and behold, Disney’s Pixar confirmed that the forgetful blue fish would swim again in Finding Dory.
Bringing DeGeneres back—praise!—to voice Dory, Marlin’s useless, but well-intentioned aquatic travel companion will now get her own time in the spotlight. Along with DeGeneres, Finding Dory will also see Stanton return to the director’s chair. Set a year after the first film and along the California coastline, what kind of adventures Dory will get up to, or how she gets lost, isn’t known. All Stanton will say is Dory learns “a few things about the meaning of family along the way.” But a press release from the studio does say Marlin, Nemo, and the Tank Gang will be back. (DeGeneres, ever the joker, preempted sequel money grab criticisms by saying in a statement that: “I’m not mad it took this long [to make the film]. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16.”)
That much of the original team has signed back on bodes well, though there is some bad news: We’ll have to wait until 2015 to see if it all goes swimmingly.