Oh my gosh you guys! Can you believe Finding Dory hits theaters June 17th?! I am so super excited to see Dory’s journey with her old friends and new as she searches for answers about her past. During the Finding Dory Event in Monterey we got to sit down with Finding Dory Director Andrew Stanton and Producer Lindsey Collins to learn more about the film. Here are 8 Fun Facts About Finding Dory that they shared with us!
8 Fun Facts About Finding Dory from Director Andrew Stanton and Producer Lindsey Collins
1. Their favorite new character in Finding Dory is Hank. They spent more time on Hank than any of the new characters. He is so gruff but he has a heart of gold. He is like your grumpy Uncle. Dory is so relentless with her kindness, that it softens Hank pretty quickly. Ed O’Neill’s voice is so perfect for Hank because it is gruff but heightened.
2. Other than Dory of course, Marlin is another character from Nemo that they were excited to bring back. After working with these characters for four years, “you love them and miss them.” “It is almost like you get to start talking to them again.” Nemo is another character they were excited to create again. He is 1 year older and smarter so he is a little bit sassy and filled with opinions.
3. When they did Nemo, they only had Ellen in mind to voice Dory. For Finding Dory, they did not have anyone in mind except for a wish that Dory’s parents would be Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. They were their dream casting, and they feel so blessed that they said yes.
4. When Pixar voice casts characters they usually have to have editors find clips of voices from movies and cut those clips together to see what they sound like. Since Ellen has interviewed “everyone on the planet”, it was easy to hear what she sounded like with others. That made it easier to choose the voice cast because they knew what they sounded like together.
ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 14: Actress Ellen DeGeneres of FINDING DORY took part today in “Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films” presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Ellen DeGeneres
5. Ellen has been very public for years about wanting a sequel to Nemo. After 10 years Andrew Stanton finally decided to make the sequel. When he called Ellen to let her know he said, ” Uncle! We are finally going to do it!” She said, “I was just kidding.” Ellen of course was joking and extremely excited to voice Dory again.
6. In the first recording session with Ellen, she came up to the same stage, in the same room, with the same engineer, and dressed the same. It might as well have been the last session they had in 2003. It was really comforting, and a nice reunion. They picked up where they left off.
7. Finding Dory originally started out as an adoption story with Bailey as her sister, and parents that also had short term memory loss. But there were too many variables in the story.
8. We know from Nemo that Dory always said, “Can I help you?” She also would say, “Sorry, I suffer from short term memory loss.” It was her way of introducing herself and how she viewed herself. One of the things that they felt was the most important to change and to evolve for Dory was her desire to always apologize for herself. “We were hoping that by the end of the film she could introduce herself without an apology. We wanted to show her weakness as a superpower.”
Finding Dory Swims into theaters June 17th!