So yeah, we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: merchandising, licensing, blah blah blah…it’s the monetary lifeblood of major studios and places like Pixar aren’t immune (please see “Cars” and the Disney spinoff “Planes,” as well the continuing “Toy Story” shorts). There’s shit to sell, and that means “Finding Nemo 2” — announced last summer — is happening. And now it’s got a title, release date and more.
“Finding Dory” (naturally) will hit theaters on November 25, 2015 Disney/Pixar announced today. Andrew Stanton will lick his wounds following “John Carter” and return to direct, with Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks set to return. But it seems Dory is key. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” Stanton said about working with Degeneres again. “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.”
As for the plot, the story will be set in part along the California coastline, with a host of new characters — including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life — joining the ensemble that will include Nemo and the Tank Gang.
The best part of this announcement? No mention of 3D…yet…. But mark this down and then prepare to wait for two years to see it.