‘Finding Nemo’ sequel gets official title and release date

Pixar reveals that the sequel will focus on Dory, the forgetful reef fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres

Pixar has announced that the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo will be called Finding Dory.

As the title suggests, the new movie will focus on Dory, the memorably forgetful reef fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. The sequel is set about a year after the original film and Nemo, Marlin and the Tank Gang will all return alongside a shoal of new characters.

Pixar has given Finding Dory a release date of November 25, 2015 – over 12 years since Finding Nemo came out. DeGeneres said in a statement: “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is it’s got a lot more Dory.”

Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton is also returning for Finding Dory and gave away a few details about the sequel’s plot. He teased: “There is no Dory without Ellen. She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world – not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In Finding Dory, she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”

Released in May 2003, Finding Nemo grossed over $878 million (£562 million) at the box office worldwide and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Plans for a sequel first emerged last summer (2012) and Albert Brooks – the voice of Marlin – has reportedly already signed up to return alongside DeGeneres.