During my trip to Monterey I attended a presentation by Co-Director Angus MacLane and Story Supervisor Max Brac about how Dory’s story was developed for her new movie Finding Dory.
When we last saw Dory, she had just returned from her big adventure with Marlon to find his son Nemo. It’s now 6 months later and they are all living together on the reef, but Dory starts to have memories of her parents and where she came from. She begs for Marlon and Nemo to help her get home and soon their journey begins.
The team knew that they wanted to story to take place at the Marine Life Institute, think Monterey Bay Aquarium.
When the writers visited the Aquarium they developed many ideas about some of the scenes for Finding Dory. One scene in particular is inspired by the touch pools and what that would be like from the perspective of the sea life.
Director Andrew Stanton always had ideas about Dory’s backstory and now was the time to tell it. Dory’s short-term memory, while funny at times, is what held her back from finding her family and getting her into sticky situations.
At first what seems to be her journey of finding her parents turns out to be a life lesson.
Dory encounters new friends along the way and discovers that not only does she have a shortcoming that she is trying to move past, but that her friends are also dealing with their own issues as well.
She meets Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark.
Bailey, a beluga whale who thinks his biological sonar skills are not working.
and Hank, a cantankerous Octopus that is always outsmarting the employees and giving them the slip.
Just Keep Swimming
Everyone’s journey is unique and times can get tough, but if we all just remember to “just keep swimming” we can all get through it.
About Finding Dory
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”).
Finding Dory features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.
“Finding Dory” Trailer
Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016
Visit the official site at www.disney.com/findingdory
Disclaimer: Disney/Pixar has invited 5 Minutes for Mom (and me) to Monterey to attend the Finding Dory Event. All expenses have been paid by Disney/Pixar, but all opinions are always 100% my own.