Category Archives: Finding Nemo 2

Breaking: Nemo sequel to be titled ‘Finding Dory,’ Set for November 25th 2015

Update 2:45pm EST: Finding Dory is on Facebook! (via Pixar Post)

Update 1:25pm EST: Ellen DeGeneres announced ‘Finding Dory’ on the The Ellen Show

Update 12:22 EST: Disney’s ‘Viral Blog’ OMD (Oh My Disney) has posted a brief article on the Nemo crew returning to cinemas.

On the morning of April 2nd, several Disney related Twitter accounts tweeted the news that Finding Dory is coming to theaters in November of 2015 along with the following image.

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©Disney•Pixar

The timing of this news is a bit too close to April 1st for comfort. But with an official press release, it would be very hard for the studio to pass this off as a gag. It’s no surprise that Andrew Stanton will return as director for the long awaited sequel. The Press Release also names DeGeneres, alongside several characters who will be reprising their roles.

Here is the official Press Release:

Here’s the full press release:When Dory said “just keep swimming” in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film “Finding Nemo,” she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”—an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “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.”

Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. 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.”

According to Stanton, “Finding Dory” takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

 

Albert Brooks on Board for Finding Nemo Sequel

Deadline is reporting that Albert Brooks has been signed to reprise his role of Marlin (Nemo’s father) in the Finding Nemo Sequel. Back in July, Deadline reported that Stanton had been brought on as Director with Ellen Degeneres also returning in her role as Dory.

Finding Nemo Albert Brooks Sequel

While I think the idea of a Finding Nemo Sequel is exciting and it certainly has the potential to succeed, it brings up the question of whether Pixar is coming up with story ideas through their normal creative process or based on circumstance.

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Finding Nemo, Partysaurus Rex, and Pixar News site updates

Hey there folks! It’s been quite some time since my last post on the official Pixar News blog, but I hope you have been keeping up with us at our new Tumblr as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

In this post I am going to look at Finding Nemo’s 3D re-release as well as Partysaurus Rex, Monsters Inc, and talk about Pixar News’ new direction.

First up Finding Nemo: Seeing any film on the big screen is always significantly more immersive than on a television set at home, however Nemo in 3D blew me away. 3D hasn’t had the greatest track record with the general public (myself included) however the folks at Pixar did not disappoint. They successfully managed to make me forget I was even wearing the 3D glasses, which is something few 3D films can say.

I recently saw Dr. No in theaters as a part of AMC’s 50th Bond Anniversary and I walked out much the same way as I had before. With Nemo I noticed so many nuances that I had glossed over before such as the Animal House reference at Mt. Wanahakaloogie in the naming of Shark Bait. More than that there was an extreme connection for me with the characters. Marlin’s emotion after the encounter with the divers, Dory’s feelings about being with Marlin, and especially Nemo’s scene with Marlin at the end of the film; all of these feelings flowed right off the screen and into the audience, immediately immersing the viewer. This moment, I like to call it the Pixar moment, is in all of their films, however some films put this moment across better than others, the most poignant being the endings of Toy Story 3, Wall•E, Up, and Finding Nemo.

While I do not agree that the latest string of Pixar films by any means represents Pixar’s downfall as many have said, characters in Brave and Cars 2 do not hold up to the intricacy of characters in Finding Nemo, Wall•E, or Up. With such original films in the future like The Good Dinosaur and the untitled mind film, Pixar will definitely add exciting new characters to their arsenal, and I am sure that they will not disappoint.

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Moving on to Partysaurus Rex: I stayed away from spoilers and this one, and boy were there some big ones. So I walked into the theater not really sure of what was going to play out. I was floored, the not stop humor kept the short moving and grooving and it was awesome to see the whole Toy Story gang again. Rex doesn’t get too much screen time in the Pixar trilogy, however it was awesome to see Rex in a short of his own and it left me wanting more!

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Pixar News Site Updates: PixarNe.ws is going to become a home for a weekly Pixar News roundup of the previous week’s articles, videos, interviews, events, and media that are Pixar related. Be sure to stay updated by following Pixar News on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, and thanks for reading!

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Finding Nemo Sequel News UPDATED: Stanton has Spoken…kind of

UPDATED: Andrew Stanton has tweeted with regards to todays news

Didn’t you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don’t believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now #skyisnotfalling

While Stanton did shed some light on the situation, he neither confirmed nor denied a Nemo sequel, for all we know, he was speaking with regards to the Toy Story 4 ‘news’ (still trending worldwide as of 5:15 PST). With the lingering now at the end of his Tweet, however, it looks like we are going to have to wait for an official announcement from Pixar before we can for sure begin to prepare for a Finding Nemo Sequel.

Original Post:

On July 17th 2012 Finding Nemo 2 was trending worldwide on Twitter following several posts from blogs including Slashfilm, Deadline, and The Hollywood Reporter. While the Finding Nemo Sequel news carries some evidence and validity, many tweets were declaring that Toy Story 4 is in the works, and Monsters, Inc. 2 is coming out next year. Those in the Pixar community are definitely aware that the Pixar film slated for 2013 is not a sequel to Monsters, Inc. but rather the prequel Monsters University. While the Toy Story 4 rumors aren’t entirely false, Big Screen Animation broke the news last month about the Toy Story television specials that are on the way.

Now that we have straightened that out, back to the big scoop of the day: the sequel to Finding Nemo. The film is slated for a 2016 release with producer Lindsay Collins (Wall•E co-producer) with a screenplay by Victoria Strouse.

Following the successes of Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, and with Monsters University coming next year, a Nemo sequel has seemed like a movie waiting to happen, however that would make the 5th sequel from Pixar, which some could perceive as lazy or unoriginal, although Pixar does have three originals coming after Monsters University.

I am certain that this is not the last we have heard of a Finding Nemo Sequel so be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Tumblr to stay as up to date on the lastest Pixar News as possible.

For your viewing pleasure, Ellen Degeneres…

LA Times Hero Complex: Wall•E Showing, Brave Preview, & Andrew Stanton

Update: Geoff Boucher promised to post the photos from M-O’s Sears Photoshoot and today he came through! 

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Check them out here (the above still is my favorite…)

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Los Angeles is probably the second most likely place to be able to meet Pixarians. I myself have had the amazing opportunity to meet Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and most recently Andrew Stanton. Thanks to Pixar Talk, I was able to purchase my tickets early for the sold out Wall•E screening put on by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex as a part of their Film Festival. I was especially excited as it also advertised “special guest Andrew Stanton” and a “special preview of ‘Brave.’”

The Line for Check-in

The Line for Check-in

I arrived at the event with my brother at about 12pm (check-in was at 12:30 with the doors opening at 1:30) and was not too surprised to see that a line had already begun to form. We checked in and entered the rather large theater #5 at the LA Live Regal Cinemas. Playing on the screen were interviews and clips from last years film festival. At about 1:50, Geoff Boucher (writer at the Complex) came on stage to introduce a surprise performance by Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary, Raya Yarbrough, and Dan Seef playing Pixar tunes including “You’ve got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story and “Down to Earth” from Wall•E.

A few Pixar Tunes

A few Pixar Tunes

After their performance, Boucher took the stage again for some trivia. While most of the trivia had to deal with SciFi and Marvel comics, there was one Pixar question which I was proud to be the only one to know the answer to. The A-113 question was barely asked when my hand shot up. And for my Pixarian knowledge I was rewarded with a TCM Classics collection with Lassie, Flipper, and a few others.

Next up was the screening of Wall•E. Since Boucher hadn’t made any mention of the Brave preview, I assumed that it would come after the film, however I was disappointed to see the Family Legends Brave trailer come on before Wall•E which I knew was the “Special Preview” the event description referenced. Nevertheless, it was amazing to watch Wall•E on the big screen again, and I will definitely be taking AMC up on their offer of Rataouille, Wall•E, Up, and Toy Story 3 come next weekend.

Geoff Boucher

Geoff Boucher

During the credits, the front of the theater was set up with two directors chairs with lights and cameras, after the credits Boucher came back on and introduced Andrew Stanton. Boucher moderated the interview, however I feel that Stanton handled Bouchers weak questions rather well resulting in a very interesting interview. Although John Carter was on everyone’s mind (there was a group from the John Carter Files present) Boucher respectfully tiptoed around any questions alluding to Stanton’s Live Action film.

Boucher began the interview by bringing up the silent film nature of Wall•E.

“I always knew the appeal was going to be the silent nature of the character. I didn’t think of it as silent, I thought of it as a foreign language for the character. And the appeal would be his loneliness and that small things, little things like deciding to take a pause and check the sunset…these were all little steps that might be cut out in another type of movie.”

-Stanton on the script of Wall•E.

Stanton went on to compare Wall•E with silent film stars such as Chaplin and Keaton. Boucher also brought up The Artist comparing it to the silent nature of the first act of Wall•E. Stanton joked, “Yeah, that wasn’t out then! And I must say reading all these articles about the first silent movie in 30 years, I was like ‘really?’”

Boucher and Stanton

Boucher and Stanton

If you had watched the special features section of Wall•E Blu-Ray you already knew about this next point in the interview where Stanton discussed the idea of having gelatinous blobs instead of the humans on board the Axiom. “You’d see these creatures come out of their suits and they would just be gelatinous blobs, like jello people, with the fruit in the jello and they were very funny gloopy people and we used the Ikea catalogue for their dialogue and it was really funny in the initial thought of it…but it just got so silly…there is this pathos that just gets disregarded when you have jello people going ‘blo-bla bla bla.’”

Stanton then went on to discuss the technological advancements made throughout Wall•E, “The iPod had come out right on the front end of us working on Wall•E and the iPhone had come out just on the back end.” Stanton went on to discuss a story during the production of Wall•E with Steve Jobs and Bob Iger. “I saw the most amazing conversation, when this movie was kind of on it’s legs finally, and we could see the whole movie, and Steve Jobs and Bob Iger were in our screening room watching it, and Steven goes on about ‘yeah yeah, people can seduced and then they stop doing this and they stop doing that.’ And Bob Iger just slowly looks at him and he goes ‘Whose fault is that?’”

“Some people just have the leader gene. And it’s not about, so I can be the most important person in the room, it’s just that they have some passion, some foresight, they can see something nobody else can see. And you just start to believe that if we don’t see it too, we are all going to lose out…No matter how wide you were thinking, he was just thinking way out there. And he had a way of describing it in a way that you just got it…it was amazing to watch.”

-Stanton on Steve Jobs

Boucher asked Stanton if he thought that Hollywood was brave enough to recreate the Pixar success story. Stanton went on to respond by saying that there are two elements that Hollywood doesn’t have. Pixar was created with no expectations to leave and Pixar is about creating films that they themselves enjoy. In addition Stanton noted that most Pixar films production cycle exceed a studio executive’s life span within a studio, hence they wouldn’t put their heart and soul into something that they may not benefit from as much as at a company like Pixar.

The next point was the environmental message of Wall•E. “There is an organic natural message that just came out of it for going this way…on a good day maybe I recycle and it’s a wonderful value so I had no problem since it naturally came out of the whole story I let it go.” Stanton did go on to discuss how he was aware of the repercussions and how he did make sure to not overstate the environmental message.

“I hate being preached to when I see a movie, if they do have agendas like that…I just want it so woven in to the narrative and emotion of the film…that I got all of that without thinking about it.”  

-Stanton on the environmental message of Wall•E

Stanton went on to talk about my favorite character, M-O. “We had a prototype made of M-O and the editorial crew had the afternoon free to they took him down to Sears and they had every baby photo scenario…’here is the thanksgiving scenario, here is the sailor suit.’” Boucher went on to discuss putting them on the Hero Complex blog so be on the lookout for M-O in a pumpkin patch..

The music of Wall•E was discussed next. Stanton first noted that the Hello Dolly references were set before the film was even in production. He went on to discuss his extremely good chemistry with his composer on both Nemo and Wall•E, Thomas Newman. Next Boucher brought up working with Ben Burtt.

“It was hard for me to keep my sh** together!”

- Stanton on working with Burtt. 

Stanton also discussed the dichotomy of being a Director and telling Burtt what to do versus being a huge fan. “There was only one time where I really- I didn’t want to go there, I wanted to be ‘Andrew Filmmaker’ next to Ben Burtt and there was this one part where I couldn’t get it across- ‘I’m trying to get this heavy sound…’ and he goes ‘I don’t really get what you’re trying to get Andrew’ all friendly and I just kind of went *sighhh* ‘you know the sandcrawler….and they stop….and there is the trash can bot with the big bags and he goes gonk…gonk…gonk’ and he went ‘Oh the gonk gonk bot!’ I had prided myself that I hadn’t gone that way at all.”

Boucher next brought up the sequels that Pixar has done.

“If you had talked to me before Toy Story 2, I would have gotten red in the face and loud and arngry and say no, no I don’t want to do any sequels…it’s just the losers way out. And economics let Toy Story 2 go forward…[Also] there are some characters and subplots that benefit from going longer. I can honestly say from an internal place, the drive was never about the cash and that people would come, I’m sure it attracted a lot of people and it made them feel at ease, but for us it was like ‘I actually do want to see where these characters are going.’”

-Stanton on Sequels

Stanton went on to discuss Monsters University, saying that they came across the idea and it worked, they weren’t searching for another Monters. He also mentioned how Pixar “didn’t want to go to Boo” how that was “everybody’s private memory.” While Stanton did mention that it is the originals that keep Pixar going, the sequels are comfort food and to expect more of them. This led Boucher to inquire “seafood?” as in a Finding Nemo sequel.

“It takes place in a sushi restaurant or even worse, it takes place in a toilet.”

-Stanton joking about his worst ideas for a Finding Nemo sequel

Stanton also discussed the rough beginnings of Wall•E. Discussing how he worked on the script on his own time for 5 months so that he had the ability to make sure it was as good as possible before people were even expecting him to get started.

“Nobody expected Nemo to be so huge, so it was funny to sit there and say that now is the time where I actually think people would go just because of the brand. So isn’t this the best time to not be safe, isn’t this the best time to do a silent robot, an octogenarian and a Korean boyscout, talking rat, doing all these things [because] the brand protected us.”

-Stanton on the beginnings of Wall•E

Stanton exiting the stageStanton concluding with the Pixar mantra: Animation is a medium not a genre. Discussing the generational differences in their opinions on animation, Stanton made the point that “we are not making movies for your kids, we are making movies we want to see and our ages range from 25 to 70.”

Stanton was very nice about signatures and the like. Something to note, if you ever get the chance to meet Andrew Stanton, bring something to sign, he does a little doodle of the a character from the film (Tuck and Roll on my A Bug’s Life DVD and Wall•E) which makes it that much more awesome.

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