No, this is not some belated April Fools joke, though there are some that desperately wish it were so. It’s been in the works for some time, pretty much since Andrew Stanton’s John Carter stint went bust, that Pixar’s been working on a treatment for a Finding Nemo sequel. With those rumblings now almost a year old, we have both a certifiable release date and a title for the project: Finding Dory. Now if you’re any bit as perceptive as I am, the direction they’re taking was pretty much a no-brainer from the beginning.
Dory was the most communicable joy of the original film, much thanks to a heartbreaking voice performance from Ellen Degeneres, and she topped not just one, but two Top 10 Pixar character lists back at my novice site. So as apparently facile a move as this may seem, it makes pretty clear sense as the next logical step for a sequel, even though many fans reasonably want the first film to remain untouched. I personally find it one of Pixar’s most artful and honest films, though not quite a masterpiece as folks are too quick to call each and every Pixar film. Justin had a renewed fascination with it back in September, and if you reach back into the Film Misery vault, you’ll see Alex has been a lover of the film for quite some time.
So while I may in two and half years time be most susceptible to cynicism in receiving the inevitably long-awaited and momentously eventful sequel Finding Dory, I have to admit a healthy, cautious optimism at present. Director Andrew Stanton is set to return, along with voice talent Albert Brooks (We can rely on him to keep things on track, right?) and Ellen Degeneres reprising their roles as Marlin and Dory, respectively.
Andrew Stanton was the first to speak up, gleaning a couple of plot hints to where the story might go. “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.”
Sounds like a saccharine comedic tale of Marlin meeting the in-laws, doesn’t it? I won’t say Pixar can’t lead us astray, because they’ve proven that wrong on enough occasions already. Remember, they’re a studio, not a singular work of artistic mastery, and this move clearly has the imposition of studio profits to be made, not to mention toys. Andrew Stanton, however, has twice struck cinematic gold with Pixar, so returning to the creative imaginary of his deep blue wonder could be just what everyone needs. We’ll see when it arrives on November 25th, 2015. That’s my take on the news, but I’m interested in knowing yours (and Alex’s, Justin’s, Hilary’s, and G Clark’s).