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Pixar Announces Its 'Finding Nemo' Sequel; "Finding Dory" Reaching Theaters in 2015

Pixar has had varying degrees of success when it comes to sequels. The two Toy Story sequels were standalone masterpieces, while most likely would recognize Cars 2 as a disappointment. 
Later this year, the animation studio plans to bring audiences back into the world of monsters for a rare prequel, Monsters University. After that, though, they have confirmed that the rumored sequel to Finding Nemo actually will be called Finding Dory … and will be in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," said Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of the forgetful Dory, in a release. "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."
Original Nemo director Andrew Stanton also will return, which gives me a lot more hope for the sequel. (I’m also thrilled that Stanton’s going back to animation, because I felt his live-action John Carter was a bust.)
"There is no Dory without Ellen," Stanton said. "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."
Pixar explains that Dory will take place one year after the first film, and will bring back familiar characters like Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang. Does this mean Albert Brooks is coming back? I hope so. He and DeGeneres had tremendous comedic chemistry in the original film. 
Some haters took to Twitter after the announcement to complain about Pixar’s reliance on sequels lately, but they should be reminded that the studio has three extremely original stories on the horizon, including a journey into the human mind and a movie based on the Mexican celebration Day of the Dead.
But for now, Dory is coming back. What do you think of this news? Are you excited to see the further adventures of our favorite animated fish? 
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