Ten years after "Just keep swimming" became a sort of national catchphrase for perseverance, Ellen DeGeneres dedicated part of her show on Tuesday to the HUGE news that Disney and Pixar are finally making a sequel to her beloved 2003 film, Finding Nemo. Finding Dory is set to hit theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, and as Ellen put it: "Here's the good news: They say I'm one of the five top contenders to play the part of Dory."
She was kidding, of course: Ellen's obviously coming back as the voice of everyone's favorite forgetful regal tang. I'm excited about the movie, because I loved Finding Nemo -- but I'm particularly charmed by Ellen's enthusiasm for the project. When you see the clip from her show, you'll understand just how long she's been looking forward to this announcement.
I knew Ellen had made a few jokes about wanting a sequel, but I didn't quite understand the, ah, depth of her campaigning. And how many benevolent -- but hilarious -- jokes she's been making at Toy Story's expense. Here's her official statement:
I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.
As you can see from this video, the tragic absence of a Finding Nemo sequel has been a running joke on her show for years. Check out the montage of her Nemo mentions, and the ultimate reveal at the end:
Kids, let that be a lesson to you: Anything is possible if you are patient and beg hard enough on national television.
I just love everything about this. I mean, I love Ellen and I love Dory's character so what's not to love, right? But more than anything, I love her legitimate happiness over the news. When's the last time you saw someone from Hollywood this geeked over a project? I feel like this is the first time I'm both excited about an upcoming movie and excited for the actor involved in it.
As for what we can expect from Finding Dory, director Andrew Stanton says it will pick up one year after the original movie, and will explore Dory's background:
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.
I can't wait! Although I'll certainly have to, because dude. 2015. But still! Hooray for Dory, and hooray for Ellen!
Are you looking forward to Finding Dory? How cute was Ellen's announcement?
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