Amid global outrage and protests for his ban on Muslims from seven countries traveling to the U.S., Donald Trump reportedly screened the animated hit Finding Dory at the White House this past Saturday. Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory in the film, took some time on her show Tuesday to break from the norm and talk politics, though she said she wasn’t. The movie begins with Dory living in Australia and her parents in America.
Eagle-eyed Disney-Pixar fans have been noticing Easter eggs in their favorite movies for years, making fans wonder if all of Pixar’s beloved characters exist in the same universe. Or that Sully from Monsters, Inc. is etched into a piece of wood owned by Merida in Brave?
Regardless of your political persuasion, 2016 was a year of tumult and uncertainty. At least the movies gave us an occasional break from the headlines. Feel-good animated films triumphed at the box office this year, with Finding Dory at No. 1, while superheroes found a darker groove (the hard-R comedy Deadpool, the villain-driven Suicide Squad) and familiar franchises — Harry Potter, Star Wars — put down new roots. Before we toast the arrival of 2017, here’s a list of the biggest box-office winners and losers of 2016.
Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Zootopia leads the feature nominees for the 44th annual Annie Awards with 11 nominations, followed by Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings with 10 noms. But the full list of nominations for the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s annual awards competition also underscored the strength of several indie films in this year’s awards race.
Oh, to be a fish with short-term memory loss. That’s the idea behind this 2016 undersea sequel to writer-director Andrew Stanton’s Oscar-winning Finding Nemo. On Nov. 15, Disney-Pixar will release its Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Finding Dory, featuring Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of the forgetful blue tang, who embarks on a quest to find her family, along with old pals Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). ...
Disney is weathering a lopsided Fourth of July at the North American box office between two of its films, ruling champ Finding Dory and Steven Spielberg’s pricey misfire, The BFG.
‘Finding Dory’ is still one of the hottest tickets of the summer (Photo: Disney/Pixar) We’re in the lazy days of summer, and that sluggishness extends all the way to the ticket booth. As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, it’s apparent that the 2016 summer movie season is off to a slow start, with tons of underachieving sequels and a few hits that seem almost obligatory (what, like you’re going to miss a Pixar or Avengers film?). As of mid-June, the summer box office was down 22 percent from last year, though Finding Dory has recently given that number a boost. In a sense, the tone for the whole year was set by March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which brought in a ton of dough but little audience enthusiasm.
Two would-be summer blockbusters are likely to fizzle over July 4 weekend; Spielberg's film about friendly giant looking at paltry $30M debut; king of jungle likely to swing only a $35M opening
Taken from one of the film’s flashback scenes, the forgetful fish (voiced as a child by 7-year-old Sloane Murray) gets some valuable life lessons from her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy)
It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since Finding Nemo, the Pixar adventure about a couple of clownfish and their forgetful friend Dory, hit theaters. With the sequel Finding Dory set to hit theaters this weekend, we thought we’d take a look back to the first premiere in Los Angeles on May 18, 2003.
2ND UPDATE: We’re hearing that Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory is swimming upstream to a record opening of $130M+ for the weekend and today alone will clear $50M-$52M.That’s also an opening day record for an animated movie, outstrippingMinions previous first day high of $46M on July 10 last year. These projections are based on matinees estimates from rival distribs, as can fluctuate up or down by evening. Dory‘s weekend opening will unseat the opening record set by DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third which over its first FSS made $121.6M. ...
Ellen DeGeneres' amnesiac tile fish learns to remember what life is all about in the ravishing sequel to 'Finding Nemo'
Finding Dory is primed to make boatloads of cash when it opens in theaters next week; early reports indicate it could even be Pixar’s biggest opening of all time. As we reported after a sneak peek of the first act in April, the first 27 minutes alone are enough to drown you in laughter and tears. Now, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the opening moments of the sequel to the 2003 favorite Finding Nemo. In the scene, something (we won’t spoil what) has just triggered memories of the long-gone family of the orphaned, forgetful blue tang fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres).
Plucky Nemo (Hayden Rolence), his neurotic dad Marlin (Albert Brooks), and their amnesiac friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) are all back in Pixar’s Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to the studio’s 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo.?And as the new clip from the film indicates, they’ll also be joined by a few more familiar faces.
It’s not just superheroes hitting cineplexes in the coming months, though there are a lot of those, with the Avengers, Suicide Squad, and X-Men all springing (summering?) into action. We’ll also get plenty of spaceships (Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence), family fun (Finding Dory, The BFG), laughs (PopStar, Neighbors 2), scares (Lights Out, The Conjuring 2), and laughs and scares (Ghostbusters). Oh, and have we mentioned the farting corpse yet (Swiss Army Man)?
Theatrical executive Dave Hollis showed footage and trailers from the studio’s live-action fairy tales (Jungle Book), Marvel properties (Doctor Strange), Lucasfilm giants (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), in-house animation (Moana), and Pixar projects (Finding Dory). A full screening of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War was scheduled to be the presentation’s entree, but Hollis added a nice surprise appetizer to the menu when he introduced Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins, who then announced they would screen the first 27 minutes of Dory, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Beyond the opening sequence that shall not be described, we find Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) going about their day-to-day routines one year after the events of Nemo.
Writer-director Andrew Stanton tells EW he watched clips of guests on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show to get a sense of how certain potential cast members would sound opposite her lead character's voice
‘Batman v Superman,’ 'Captain America: Civil War,' 'Finding Dory,' and more with a chance to clear the bar set by 'Deadpool' as the year's biggest earner
Ellen DeGeneres and her friends from Finding Dory have been working on the film for three years now, and they can finally talk about it.