I think we can all admit that we’re pretty excited to see Ellen DeGeneres be the star in the upcoming Finding Dory. And now, we have some new characters to show off!
These new images were released by Disney Pixar to US today, and they show off both the returning cast as well as some new characters! Finding Dory familiar faces include Dory, played by Ellen DeGeneres, Marlin played by Albert Brooks), Nemo played by Hayden Rolence), Mr. Ray played by Bob Peterson), Crush played by Andrew Stanton and Squirt.
The new faces, however, are an Octopus named Hank played by Ed O’Neill, a whale shark named Destiny played by Kaitlin Olson, a beluga named Bailey played by Ty Burrell, a pair of sea lions, Rudder played by Dominic West and Fluke played by Idris Elba. We also have Dory’s parents, Charlie (Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Diane Keaton).
Andrew Stanton had this to say: “The ocean is teeming with literally millions of species. People don’t want to feel like they just spent the movie in a pond. There are just certain species of animals or fish that are fun to watch in real life and you can’t help but to throw a character on them. If they can find a home in Dory’s story, great. It’s a win-win.”
When speaking on the rather adorable sea otters which you’ll see in the gallery below, Stanton said: “The truth is, otters are quite vicious. But no one wants that to be true. So we didn’t follow that. The otters ended up being more successful as cute creatures that just stare at you. We knew the effect they have on people.”
Finding Dory hits theaters June 17, 2016.