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The moment an entire generation of film fans has who have just kept swimming since 2003 is here, as Pixar announced today that the sequel to their smash hit "Finding Nemo" will be called "Finding Dory" and will hit theaters on November 25, 2015.
And star Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced Dory in the original movie, couldn't be happier.
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," DeGeneres said in a press release. "I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating 'Toy Story 16.' But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is — it's got a lot more Dory."
"Finding Nemo," of course, told the story of a timid clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) who embarks on a quest to find and rescue his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), after Nemo is fishnapped. But for most fans, the highlight of the film was Marlin's scatterbrained buddy Dory, who was voiced by DeGeneres in one of her most beloved performances.
"There is no Dory without Ellen," said "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory" director Andrew Stanton, who has to be thanking his lucky stars that people are finally talking about something other than his epic disaster "John Carter."
"She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world — not to mention our team here at Pixar," Stanton said. "One thing we couldn't stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In 'Finding Dory,' she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."
Don't worry, though; Nemo, Marlin, the Tank Gang and the rest of your favorites from "Finding Nemo" will also be back on board (or overboard, depending on how you look at it), along with a whole slew of new characters and, presumably, John Ratzenberger.
We can't wait.