The latest Finding Dory poster may to leave our loved Blue Tang in a state of forgetfulness, but not from our perspective. As endearing as the first movie itself back in 2003, Finding Dory comes with an array of colorful, new characters that we’ve learned so far as seen here in this final poster.
Other than Marlin, Nemo and the rest of the old gang, we see Hank the Octopus – or a ‘septopus’ strictly speaking, since he lost a tentacle – with a great talent for escape and camouflage; Bailey the Beluga whale, who seriously believes that his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and the whale shark with a big heart, Destiny whose poor eyesight doesn’t deter her from swimming gracefully. I was hoping to see our shark friends Bruce, Chum and Anchor but I guess they’re probably in a middle of a meeting somewhere.
According to director Andrew Stanton, filmmakers faced a curious challenge. ‘Our technology advances so much over time,’ he says. ‘But we’re beholden to the production design, look and feel of the original movie. So we had to sneak in the improvements. Our lighting is more complex. The flora and fauna have more detail.’ While Finding Dory kicks off in the familiar coral reef home of Marlin and Nemo, it ventures all the way to the California coastline and into the heart of the Marine Life Institute. So while filmmakers maintained the feel of the world established more than a decade ago, they created bold new locales audiences have yet to experience.
Finding Dory swims into US theaters on June 17, 2016. Directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Lindsey Collins, the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.