And here we thought the Internet blowing up over the idea of Elsa potentially being gay in the Frozen sequel was a big deal. Who knew a supporting character in a sequel about a little blue fish would be just as ground-breaking?
Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced the popular character Dory in the 2003 hit animated film Finding Nemo, is reprising the role for the upcoming release of Finding Dory and made a big revelation about the sequel while doing some press for the film this week.
As it turns out, there’s a trans character — the first one to ever be featured in a Disney film.
“There’s a stingray that’s becoming sting-Rhonda, so there’s a trans sting in the movie,” DeGeneres told USA Today.
That goes beyond earlier speculation, which was that the movie would actually introduce the first lesbian couple to the Disney franchise. Speculation on that rumour amped up after the film’s trailer was released, and a shot of two women with a baby stroller popped up on screen.
Unfortunately, Disney, Pixar and even DeGeneres have yet to confirm or deny that one.
“I don’t know if it’s true or not or if she just has a bad short haircut, you know?” the daytime host also said in the interview. “Who knows if she’s a lesbian.”
Guess we’ll have to wait and see the film for ourselves to find out. Still, with the sting-Rhonda revelation, we’d call this progress for all gender-neutral ocean creatures everywhere — wouldn’t you?
Need to know more before the June 17th release? Check out some more of the characters, below.
‘Finding Dory’ features Disney’s first transgender character
DoryThe sequel starts out by revisiting everyone’s favourite, forgetful tang who, in a moment of clarity, remembers that she has a family and becomes fixated on finding them. Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice the fish she made famous in Finding Nemo. Pixar
Nemo and MarlinThe father and son clownfish pair at the centre of the original film are back with Albert Brooks resuming his role as Marlin. Of course they’re accompanying Dory on her search — Marlin owes her one. Pixar
Mr. RayNemo’s teacher Mr. Ray is to this franchise what Sebastian is to The Little Mermaid: the musical inspiration.Finding Dory co-writer Bob Peterson returns to the role he voiced back in 2003. Pixar
Jenny and CharlieDiane Keaton and Eugene Levy are among the new characters on the cast. They voice Dory’s protective, devoted, and good-humoured parents, a couple well aware of their daughter’s shortcomings when it comes to her memory.Pixar
DestinyIt’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson voices a character with a special connection to Dory: they both speak whale. That’s because Destiny's a whale shark, the biggest fish in the sea (or, in her case, the tank — Destiny is a resident of the Marine Life Institute). Pixar
HankEvery kids' movie needs a crusty character. While Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill doesn’t play an actual crustacean, he does play a humourless octopus - sorry, septopus - who’s still sore about a long-lost tentacle. Pixar
BaileyTy Burrell joins his Modern Family castmate to play a beluga whale with glitchy sonar skills and a flair for melodrama. Like Destiny, Bailey also hangs out at the Marine Life Institute. Pixar
Fluke and RudderThe Wire co-stars Idris Elba and Dominic West love naps. Or maybe it’s just the lazy sea lions they voice in Finding Dory that do. Hmm. We’re going to go out on a limb and say that everyone, animated or not, loves naps. Pixar
BeckyBecky is a bit of a loon. Actually, she’s a complete loon. She literally is a loon, and she’s got a bit of a thing for Marlin. Torbin Bullock is the voice behind the bird. Pixar
Crush and SquirtFinding Dory director Andrew Stanton himself voices turtle dad Crush, half of the film’s second father-son team. The well-travelled pair play a key role in helping Dory in her search.Pixar
The Sea Otter SquadWe have no idea who voices these little guys (or if they even speak at all) but dang they’re cute! Just keep swimming until Finding Dory dives into theatres on June 17. Pixar