Director Andrew Stanton took the massive success of Finding Nemo and used it to recruit a really excellent lineup of voice actors for the upcoming (and long-awaited) sequel, Finding Dory.
“It really is a whole new chapter this time,” the director teases us. “We’re introducing new characters — each with his or her own unique voice. Everyone has something special to offer, which makes it fun and elevates the whole story.”
Pixar released previously unseen photos of nearly every Dory character on Thursday, along with the names of the well-known comedic actors who give them their voices. You’ll recognize the core cast from the original film, but Finding Dory is also stacked with stars from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Wire, and Modern Family.
Makes it a little hard to wait until the film’s June 17 release in a couple of months, no?
Anyhow, check them out here:
Introducing the cast of ‘Finding Dory,’ our newest obsession
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