It’s been 13 years since Dory absentmindedly swam onto the screen and into our hearts and instantly became a beloved – albiet – slightly dingy character that everyone adores. In all honesty, in the 13 years since Finding Nemo was released it almost seems like a lifetime ago – however my children and I have watched the film so many times that it is a bonafide family classic and the characters of Finding Nemo: Nemo, Marlin & Dory have become so familiar to us as a family it is as if they were just created yesterday. In true Disney Pixar fashion, their ability to create wonderful characters full of depth and personality that are truly unforgettable has the ability to make 13 years go by in a flash. I had the immense honor of attending the Finding Dory press junket held in Beverly Hills California and it was an unforgettable experience.
Talent in attendance included:
· Ellen DeGeneres (voice of “Dory”)
· Ed O’Neill (voice of “Hank”)
· Ty Burrell (voice of “Bailey”)
· Kaitlin Olson (voice of “Destiny”)
· Albert Brooks (voice of “Marlin”)
· Eugene Levy (voice of “Charlie”)
· Hayden Rolence (voice of “Nemo”)
· Director Andrew Stanton
· Producer Lindsey Collins
Although I was impressed to be sharing air with some of Hollywood’s most talented actors, I was most impressed with the interview given by Director Andrew Stanton and Producer Lindsey Collins during the Finding Dory press junket. I could truly tell that creating Finding Dory, which took them a very arduous four years to create was a bit of a passion project. Director Andrew Stanton said “he woke up one day worried about Dory” and that is how creating this film began but finding the right story to tell was the holdup. He found it his mission to create a dynamic story full of Pixar classic emotional depth that would weave all of the untold’s about Dory’s personality and past. Stanton hoped to created a stand along film that was not reliant on history because he realizes 13 years in between films is an immense amount of time.
Producer Lindsey Collins was determined that she believed Dory was a fearless survivor who was unabashedly hopeful but deeply underestimated. Collins felt as though Dory needed and deserved closure to finally feel at peace with who she was.
As I am sure you can guess, when the voice talent of Finding Dory came out, it was nothing but instant and continual laughs. I was completely star struck to be so close to Ellen DeGeneres. And in case you were wondering, she definitely is a genuinely nice person!
The motto of Finding Dory is that everyone has flaws and not only does Dory represent everyone, Dory pushes the envelope and teaches people that we shouldn’t label or define anyone by their flaws…because sometimes those flaws are what make them special.
Finding Dory will be in theaters nationwide on June 17th, 2016