Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The sequel to Finding Nemo will be Finding Dory

Pixar confirms that the second film in the animated fish franchise will concern Marlin’s forgetful blue friend.

Thu, Apr 4, 2013, 12:43

   

We have two sequels to Toy Story. We have — bizarrely — a sequel to Cars, the Pixar film nobody liked. A prequel to Monsters Inc will be with us later in the year. To this point, however, a follow-up to the staggeringly successful, irresistibly gorgeous Finding Nemo has been conspicuous by its absence. From one perspective, this was something to celebrate. Living in a Cineverse addicted to sequels, It seemed sweet that Pixar had left that perfect film unmolested. On the other hand, the Toy Story follow-ups were just so darned good.

Anyway, the Disney-Pixar axis has confirmed that, as suspected, a sequel to Finding Nemo will emerge in 2015. The studio has gone further. It has given us a title: Finding Dory. There is good news buried in those two words. A glance at the recently re-released Nemo (in stupid 3-D, but don’t let that put you off) reminds us that Dory — a blue fish with no short-term memory — is up there with the very best of Disney’s sidekicks. Voiced charmingly by Ellen DeGeneres, she bears comparison with Thumper from Bambi, Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio  and Baloo from The Jungle Book. Actually, come to think of it, I hate Jiminy Cricket. He’s a smug little arse. Look at me squeaking about the place in my top hat like I’m on the way to stupid Ascot or something. Could I be a more irritating jerk?

Anyway, the film will also allow poor old Andrew Stanton a chance at redemption. He was, you remember, the man who ended up directing the woefully misconceived and ruinously expensive John Carter. He returns to the (as it now is) franchise he created with, I’m sure, a degree of relief. The film cannot fail to make money. It will also almost certainly be very good.  ”The script is fantastic,” Ellen says. “It has everything I loved about the first one: a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is it’s got a lot more Dory.” Well, she would say that, wouldn’t she? As it happens, I believe her. it’s good to travel hopefully.