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‘Finding Dory’ Slated for June 2016 3D Release; Disney Casts New Voice Actor for Nemo

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November 26
1:22 AM 2015

'Finding Dory' is an upcoming 3D animated film by Pixar and Disney. It will feature Hayden Rolence as the new voice of Nemo the clownfish since Alexander Gould has matured considerably since 2003's 'Finding Nemo'. The sequel is set off the coast of California six months after the events of the first film.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a sixth-grader from Aurora will be the voice of Nemo in the upcoming sequel starring Ellen DeGeneres in the lead role. Hayden Rolence, a middle schooler from Still Middle School in Aurora, has replaced original child actor Alexander Gould as the titular clownfish from the first film. Rolence also worked on previous films such as 'Beta Persei' and 'Whom I Fear'.

It was reported that Gould's voice had changed considerably since 2003, the year 'Finding Nemo' was released, and that he is already 21 years old. This posed as a slight inconvenience since the second film takes place only 6 months after the events of its predecessor.

Rolence joins the star-studded cast that includes DeGeneres as Dory the amnesiac blue tang, Albert Brooks as Nemo's father Marlin, Diane Keaton as Dory's mother Jenny, Eugene Levy as Dory's father Charlie, Ty Burrell as Bailey the beluga whale, Kaitlin Olson as Destiny the whale shark, Ed O'Neill as Hank the octopus and Willem Dafoe as Gill the Moorish idol.

According to the Quinnipiac Chronicle, Dory continues to struggle with memory loss in 'Finding Dory' as shown on the newly released trailer.  In the film, however, she remembers something about Monterey, California and eventually goes on a quest to find her long lost family. She eventually arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute in California and befriends new marine animals who help her on her journey.

Another article from the Australia Network News reported that Pixar Animation Studios' President Jim Morris first hinted at the film's plot and setting at the Disney Pixar event in Singapore. The film's ending was originally set at a marine park but since Gabriela Coperthwaite's 'Blackfish' debuted and sparked controversies against Sea World, writers were immediately prompted to alter the script.

'Finding Dory' is an upcoming comedy-adventure 3D animated film directed by Andrew Stanton. It is intended as a sequel to 2003's 'Finding Nemo' and is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016. Its predecessor garnered widespread critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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