Finding Dory, Ellen DeGeneres Make Waves at Disney’s D23 Expo: New Details!

Nemo and Dory
Disney revealed new details about the plot and cast of the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, at its D23 expo Courtesy Walt Disney/Everett Collection

It's the Dory story everyone's been waiting for! Ellen DeGeneres made a major splash at Disney's D23 Expo on Friday, Aug. 14, when she joined chief creative officer John Lasseter onstage to announce new details about Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to 2003's Disney-Pixar hit Finding Nemo.

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The film, due out in June 2016, according to USA Today, will follow Dory's attempts to find her family all the way across the ocean in Monterey, Calif. As revealed in the original, she suffers from short-term memory loss — but something in the sequel triggers her recall.

"My mom, my dad. I have family. They don't know where I am!" she tells Nemo and Marlin in a clip shown at D23. "All I know is that I miss them. I really, really miss them. Do you know what that feels like?"

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DeGeneres, 57 — who has been asking for a sequel for years now — will once again voice the lovable regal blue tang, who helped Nemo reunite with his father in the first movie. Albert Brooks will return as Marlin, while newcomer Hayden Rolence will voice Nemo. (The original Nemo, Alexander Gould, is now 21.) 

"This is so exciting for me. I'm really proud of this film," DeGeneres told the cheering crowd at D23 on Friday. 

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She went on to introduce a few of her other costars: Ed O'Neill, who will give life to Hank the Octopus; O'Neill's Modern Family costar Ty Burrell, who will voice Bailey the Beluga Whale; and Kaitlin Olson, who will play Destiny the Whale Shark. Lasseter also announced that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy had signed on to voice Dory's parents.

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