Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17th!
She just kept swimming…
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.
13 years ago, audiences around the world fell in love with a forgetful blue tang named Dory.
In Finding Nemo, Dory helped Marlin find his son, Nemo. NOW it’s Dory’s turn to tell her story! Finding Dory is set 1 year after Marlin and Nemo were reunited. Marlin and Nemo have given Dory a home and treat her like family. They take care of each other and watch out for each other. Dory has suffered from short-term memory loss for as long as she can remember. Normally she has a very upbeat attitude towards her forgetfulness, until she realizes she’s forgotten something big. One day, Dory’s memory is given hints to her past… home… it’s where you are from… instinct… Dory remembers SHE HAS A FAMILY! She won’t give up until she uncovers her past and discovers something else along the way: self-acceptance. Along her way, she runs into some old and new friends.
NEVER GIVE UP!
“Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.
Fun Facts told to me by Angus MacLane (Co-director) & Max Brace:
- The story process starts with brainstorming. They decided they wanted part of the story to take place at the Marine Life Institute.
- The story was constantly evolving.
- They hardest part was trying to keep the focus on Dory. It’s not always easy to pull focus to a former side-kick, but Dory had a story to tell and they worked hard to tell Dory’s story.
- There were 103,639 storyboards that went to editorial
- Storyboards are very tiny. Not overly detailed. Just enough information to give the writers and artists an idea or direction they want the story to go in. The artist goes through this process to find the right staging, characters, acting, etc. Once the story board is complete, the storyboard will go to the directors and they will go through the scene together. They will make corrections and improvements.
- Reviewed by the Brain Trust and studio every 4 months
- Recording Scratch — Andrew Stanton (Director) is the voice for Marlin and Lindsey Collins (Producer) is the voice for Dory
- When a sequence is ready for editorial, they will use voices from the studio to help pace the scene.
- The story process lasted 3.5 years
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Read about my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
I was invited by Disney•Pixar to attend an all expenses paid trip to cover the #FindingDoryEvent in Monterey Bay on 3/7-3/8. All opinions are my own.