Everyone's favorite Emeryville-based animation factory announced yesterday that they'll be making a sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo slated for release in November of 2015. This time around, however, Dory, not Nemo, is the star. Finding Dory will follow the forgetful sidekick's journey to reunite with her long-lost family. The voice of Dory, Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted out this Instagram picture yesterday morning, so you know it's serious, but if you need any more reason to be excited about this, we have five reasons you should swim for joy.
1. Ellen is Back
It's been awhile since we had a good dose of DeGeneres on the big screen. But nobody can do Dory the way the daffy, goofy, dance-happy lesbian talk-show hostess can do Dory. Still, a lot has changed since 2003, so the big question on our minds is, will Dory be getting gay-married?
2. Mysteries Will Be Solved
Haven't we all been wondering where the heck Dory came from? Who was she looking for on that fateful day when she and Marlin first met? Can her family possibly be as cracked out as she is? And what's the reason for the short-term memory loss: Is it the weed?
3. Pixar Will Do it Justice
If Toy Story 2 and 3 are any indication (not to mention the hype surrounding Monsters, Inc.'s sequel, Monsters University), Pixar knows how to double-down on a franchise. The chances of this film bombing are about as remote as Bruce the shark actually going fish-free. Besides, the ocean is a vast place. There is more than enough room for further adventure.
4. Familiar Faces
Not only is Dory returning to the big, blue screen, but her best buddies Marlin and Nemo are scheduled to return. No news yet on whether Albert Brooks will stop taking psychopath roles long enough to reprise his heroic daddy figure here. But we hear that Jacques the Shrimp is out of rehab and ready to roll.
5. Relive the Legacy
If you were a child in 2003, you get to bathe in the saline nostalgia. If you were a late-teen, you may very well be taking your own kids to see this one. And if you were an adult, you have a perfectly reasonable excuse to say things like "you guys made me ink" all over again.