The sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, is coming out in theaters in 2016 and the first pictures of new and original supporting characters have been revealed.
Entertainment Weekly had the scoop on the two new characters joining Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory in her new sea adventure. Oh boy, this going to be great.
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The new characters are voiced by the hilarious It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson and Modern Family dad Ty Burrell. These new sea creatures are a beluga whale, Bailey (Burrell) and a whale shark, Destiny (Olson). And both seem like they will be just as lovable as the characters that swam on screen in the original film.
Dory will meet Bailey and Destiny when she swims to a rehabilitation center for marine life, so you’d think they will be able to relate to the memory-impaired fish.
“My character isn’t great at his own sonar capability, and Destiny has trouble swimming straight,” Burrell explained to Entertainment Tonight.
“We totally get on each other’s nerves,” Olson said of the two new characters. “I like to think I’m a shark, but Bailey calls me a whale, and I make fun of his head, because it’s gigantic.”
According to Olson, the two had great chemistry from the start. “We would just play off each other,” she said.
Since the original film was such a success, it comes as no surprise that the sequel was able to draw in talent like Burrell and Olson. “I’m a huge fan” of ‘Finding Nemo.’…It’s hard to find that balance of very sweet, very funny and great adventure in a story,” said Burrell.
The first trailer for the sequel was released in early November, and it featured Dory along with the return of the last film’s stars: clownfish Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, and his son Nemo, voiced by Hayden Rolence.
The new story takes place just six months after the conclusion of Nemo’s adventure and will follow Dory on her journey to California in search of her family.
The Andrew Stanton-directed Finding Dory hits the big screens on June 17, 2016. Just keep swimming until then! Watch the teaser trailer here: