Dory's birthplace revealed!
Finding Nemo (2003) G, 100 mins., directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, starring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
Credit: Disney

Disney debuted the first 27 minutes of Finding Dory at CinemaCon on Wednesday, an impressively lengthy first look at the highly anticipated Pixar sequel. Director Andrew Stanton asked CinemaCon attendees not to reveal what happens in the opening two minutes of Dory. But suffice it to say the first half hour of Dory quickly reintroduces Dory, Marlin, Nemo, and a couple of other familiar fishfaces from Finding Nemo.

More importantly, Dory finally answers a question that maybe someone, somewhere, has been pondering lo these past 13 years: Where does Dory come from?

(Minor SPOILERS about Finding Dory follow. Read at your own risk!)

Finding Dory focuses on what happens when the lovable fish with Leonard Shelby short-term memory issues starts to remember. Specifically, she remembers her parents, Jenny and Charlie (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy), and where she came from: A place called “The Jewel of Morro Bay.” Yes, where Finding Nemo followed the fish on an oceanic adventure to Sydney, Dory head straight to California’s Central Coast.

And the journey takes less time than you might expect: In the 27 minutes screened, we saw Dory, Marlin, and Nemo arrive at a Marine Life Institute in Morro Bay, and meet an octopus voiced by Ed O’Neill and a couple of sea lions voiced by Wire costars Dominic West and Idris Elba.

(In a curious twist, Finding Dory marks one of the rare times Elba and West actors both speak in their native English accents. The fact that California sea lions sound British can be explained by the fact that this is a movie about fish with emotions.)

One final tease: In Finding Dory, Sigourney Weaver voices herself.

Finding Dory
  • Movie
  • 97 minutes