LOS ANGELES — Disney is plunging back into familiar waters, announcing a November 2015 sequel to “Finding Nemo” titled “Finding Dory.”
Enthusiasts of the 2003 finned favorite will recall Dory as the friendly, slightly amnesiac tang voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who’ll return to voice the title character. News of a sequel had been known for some time, but the announcement Tuesday clarifies the focus, title and release date (exact day, Nov. 25). Andrew Stanton, who directed the 2003 hit-cum-animated-Oscar winner, is returning behind the camera.
The sequel will bring back other favorites, including clownfish Marlin and son Nemo, and will be set about a year after the end of the first movie, according to Disney. Part of it will be set on the California coast. The original, which featured Marlin searching for kidnapped son Nemo, culminated on the Australia coast.
Executives no doubt hope the “Nemo” franchise returns some of Pixar’s box-office luster. Though its recent movies have been successes, they haven’t matched the muscle of some of its earlier films. The 2012 Pixar pic, “Brave,” and 2011 entry, “Cars 2,” come in as the last two of 13 movies on the domestic box-office chart when adjusting for inflation.
The new “Nemo” movie will mark the latest sequel for Pixar, which after eschewing them for years has lately dabbled in them; “Monsters, Inc.’ follow-up ‘Monsters University” is next up in June.
Since “Nemo” hit, DeGeneres has focused on her TV talk-show career — she hasn’t starred in a feature or voiced an animated character since “2003.” Stanton had a rocky transition to live-action films when his sci-fi adventure “John Carter” bombed last year.
DeGeneres offered a quip to accompany the news. “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” she said. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’”