“Finding Nemo” was cited as one of the top-grossing films of 2003. More than a decade later, the gang from the big ol’ blue will be back on the big screen, with the sequel “Finding Dory.” TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who voices the forgetful blue fish, reveals the inspiration behind Dory.
In an exclusive interview with ET, DeGeneres talked about how Dory was created.
“Andrew Stanton had heard my voice on TV and how rambling I was and how I never stayed on topic, and he wrote Dory with me in mind,” quotes the source.
More than that, the 57- year old host revealed that “Finding Nemo” came along when she was “at her lowest.” By the time Stanton was creating the film, “The Ellen Show” had been cancelled and left her with nothing to do.
“By the time ‘Nemo’ was coming out, I had just gotten [Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show], but during that time nothing had happened,” DeGeneres said.
Indeed, Dory’s famous motto- “just keep swimming,” applies not just to her but to anyone who faces life’s challenges.
“So ‘just keep swimming’ certainly applies to me and to a lot of people out there,” she said.
Aside from Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks is also back to voice Marlin. Meanwhile, Hayden Rolence replaced Alexander Gould in dubbing as Nemo, since Gould is now 21 years old.
On the other hand, new characters are introduced to the sequel. Fans will get to know Dory’s biological parents, voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. Also, Ty Burell and Ed O’Neill will play as Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the cantankerous octopus, respectively.
The sequel is about the forgetful blue tang’s journey in finding her parents. Its official film trailer has been unveiled on Ellen DeGeneres’ Youtube channel, EllenTube.
“Finding Dory” kicks off in theaters on June 17, 2016. See official poster below: