Catching Up with Dory – #FindingDoryEvent

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. 

Max Brace (Story Supervisor) and Angus MacLane (Co-Director) present at the Finding Dory Long Lead press day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA. Photo by Marc Flores. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Max Brace (Story Supervisor) and Angus MacLane (Co-Director) present at the Finding Dory Long Lead press day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA. Photo by Marc Flores. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Angus MacLane, Director of Toy Toons short film Small Fry, is photographed on October 18, 2011 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Angus MacLane, Director of Toy Toons short film Small Fry, is photographed on October 18, 2011 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Max Brace is photographed on February 16, 2016 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Max Brace is photographed on February 16, 2016 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

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.

FINDING DORY – Ray Trench Painting (Concept Art) by Artist Rona Liu. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

FINDING DORY – Ray Trench Painting (Concept Art) by Artist Rona Liu. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The team knew that they wanted to story to take place at the Marine Life Institute, think Monterey Bay Aquarium.

FINDING DORY – MLI Overview Painting (Concept Art) by Artist Tim Evatt. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

FINDING DORY – MLI Overview Painting (Concept Art) by Artist Tim Evatt. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Tide Pool Area

FINDING DORY – Lighting Exploration Concept Art by Visual Consultant Sharon Calahan. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

FINDING DORY – Lighting Exploration Concept Art by Visual Consultant Sharon Calahan. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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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.

FINDING DORY – Touch Pool Concept Art by Artist Paul Abadilla. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

FINDING DORY – Touch Pool Concept Art by Artist Paul Abadilla. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Monterey_Bay_Aquarium Touch Pool Excitement

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.

Dory’s Journey

At first what seems to be her journey of finding her parents turns out to be a life lesson.

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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.

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Bailey, a beluga whale who thinks his biological sonar skills are not working.

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and Hank, a cantankerous Octopus that is always outsmarting the employees and giving them the slip.

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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.

Blue Tang Fish - Dory - Just Keep Swimming

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”).

"Pixar And Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films" Presentation At Disney's D23 EXPO 2015

ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 14: Director Andrew Stanton (L) and producer Lindsey Collins of FINDING DORY took part today in “Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films” presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Finding Dory features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.

D23 Expo 2015 Cast - Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell,

“Finding Dory” Trailer

Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016

Finding Dory Movie Poster - Have You Seen Her?

Like Finding Dory on Facebook, follow on Twitter, InstagramPinterest and Tumblr.

Visit the official site at www.disney.com/findingdory

Finding Dory Coloring Sheets - Dory, Marlin, Nemo, Sea Otters, Hank and more!!

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.

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

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