Audiences first fell in love with the forgetful blue tang fish in 2003's "Finding Nemo." On June 17, 2016, Disney-Pixar will reunite Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) with her clownfish friends Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) as she looks for answers about her past and her family in "Finding Dory."
Directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Lindsey Collins, "Finding Dory" also features the voice talents of Ty Burrell as Bailey, a beluga whale; Willem Dafoe as Gill, a moorish idol; Diane Keaton as Jenny, Dory's mother; Eugene Levy as Charlie, Dory's father; Vicki Lewis as Deb (and her sister, "Flo," Deb's reflection), a four-striped damselfish; Kaitlin Olson as Destiny, Dory's sister, a whale shark; and Ed O'Neill as Hank, an octopus. Idris Elba and Dominic West also star.
"Finding Dory" picks up six months after the events of "Finding Nemo," and will take place mostly in the Marine Biology Institute of California. At the D23 Expo in August, Stanton explained why he felt the need to make a sequel. "I wanted to know that if this charming, forgetful fish ever got lost again, that she would be OK, that she would find her way home," the director said. "And at the end of 'Finding Nemo,' I wasn't confident about that. So that's when I knew I had another story."
DeGeneres premiered the first trailer on Ellentube Tuesday.
"I'm so excited and I'm so proud of this film," she said at the D23 Expo.
Before "Find Dory" is released, here are five fun facts about its predecessor:
1. Nemo first appeared as a stuffed toy on a couch in Boo's room in 2001's "Monsters, Inc." In a similar fashion, a boy in the dentist office in "Finding Nemo" reads a "Mr. Incredible" comic book, foreshadowing 2004's "The Incredibles." Luigi the car also drives by the dentist's office, anticipating 2006's "Cars."
2. William H. Macy was cast as Marlin and recorded all of his dialogue before Brooks replaced him. Megan Mullally says she was fired from the film for refusing to do the same voice as her "Will & Grace" character.
3. Dory often got Nemo's name wrong. She also called him Chico, Fabio, Bingo, Harpo and Elmo.
4. In the tank in the dentist's office, the germophobic and pessimistic royal gramma fish is the only one never mentioned by name. Via press materials, his name was revealed to be Gurgle.
5. "Finding Nemo" was the first Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
"Finding Nemo" was a massive success, earning over $936.7 million.
"Finding Dory" swims into theaters June 17, 2016.