Finding Dory is the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning 2003 Pixar film Finding Nemo. The sequel takes place six months after the conclusion of the first film, and sees Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) searching for her parents. Dory, you may recall, has issues with her long-term memory, and can't really recall more than a few moments in the past. Along the way, she encounters a rehabilitation centre at a marine sanctuary, where she meets some new friends.
Check out the first image of the two new characters below:
One new character is a beluga whale named Bailey, and voiced by Modern Family star Ty Burrell. Bailey "isn't great at his own sonar capability", says Burrell, which may explain his presence at the rehab centre. Burrell was excited to land the role in the film, telling Entertainment Weekly that he's "a huge fan". He acknowledged that "it's hard to find that balance of very sweet, very funny and great adventure in a story", but that the Andrew Stanton directed film delivers.
Destiny is the second new character introduced. Destiny is a whale shark who has "trouble swimming straight", and is voiced by Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Olson promises that her character "is a a lot nicer in this movie than" her character Sweet Dee is on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She continued, calling Destiny "sweet" and saying that "it was a lot of fun to play that and be vulnerable".
Destiny and Bailey don't seem to get along at first, though they will play "an important role" in the film. Olson says that the two characters "totally get on each other's nerves". Olson and Burrell worked together once before, over 10 years ago on a TV series called Out of Practice, and were successful in carrying that chemistry forward to the recording booth. Olson said that the two "would just play off each other", adding "though to be honest, I was probably the boss of the entire situation" playfully.
As with other Pixar films, viewers can expect to find a deeper message between the laughs in Finding Dory. Burrell said that "so much of [the message] is that these characters are trying to find faith in themselves. They're trying to overcome their insecurities in order to help somebody in need." This is a wonderful message, and it's heartwarming to see Pixar, and at least one of its voice actors, embrace it.
Finding Dory also stars Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Dominic West, Ed O'Neill, Eugene Levy, and Idris Elba. You can catch it in theatres starting June 17, 2016.