There are a lot of fish in the sea, but which ones are Dory’s parents? In the newest trailer for Pixar’s Finding Dory, everyone’s favorite blue tang (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) sets out on a journey to find the family she’s forgotten, thanks to that whole short-term memory loss thing. It turns out that she’s been searching for them since she was just a tiny fish. With the help of Nemo and Marlin (Albert Brooks), can Dory finally figure out where she belongs? Watch the trailer above, and prepare to feel some ocean-deep emotions.
The trailer to this sequel of 2003’s Finding Nemo gives us our first good look at the Marine Life Institute, a sea-life conservation center where Dory accidentally takes up residence. With its towering ocean tank (similar to the one at the New England Aquarium) and a huge petting pool, it looks like the aquarium of any child’s dreams. It’s also full of clues to Dory’s identity, including a long-lost friend named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) who may be the reason Dory knows how to speak whale. (Here’s the Finding Nemo scene if, like Dory, you need your memory jogged.)
Other intriguing new characters include an escape-artist octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), an easily embarrassed beluga whale (Ty Burrell), and a pair of sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West) who are the spiritual descendants of Finding Nemo’s seagulls (instead of “Mine! Mine!” they bark “Off! Off!”). Some old friends come back too, like the surfer-dude sea turtles Crush and Squirt. And then there’s Becky, eating a cup. Oh, Becky.
Speaking with Yahoo Movies in March, director Andrew Stanton described the challenge of making a movie with Dory as the hero. “It turns out that having no short-term memory is the worst quality to give a main character ever,” he explained. “It was the bane of our existence and the No. 1 source of our story problems. Because the only way you attach yourself to a main character in a story is because they’re going to change and grow over time … But when you have someone with short-term memory loss, they have no ability to remember how they were before versus after. It was a real tough mental game, how to come up with ways to have her express that she felt differently and was maturing over time without her being self-aware of it.”