Finding Nemo sequel long awaited win for DeGeneres
FRESH from her tour Down Under, US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has announced there will be a sequel to the 2003 Oscar-winning movie Finding Nemo.
Dubbed Finding Dory, the animation is expected to splash into US theatres on November 25, 2015.
DeGeneres will be the voice of Dory, who Disney Pixar describes as the "friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish."
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," DeGeneres said in a statement today.
"I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16.
"But the time they took was worth it," she added.
"The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is - it's got a lot more Dory."
DeGeneres announced the news on her first show back from Australia.
"I was in Sydney for two days, I was in Melbourne for two days and I was on a plane for four days. It's very far away,'' she joked.
She stumbled over the pronunciation of Australia several times, blaming it on jet lag.
"Seriously, everyone in Australia if you find my cell phone charger in my hotel room send it to me… I left it there.''
"I learnt a few things while I was there. I learnt you can't just walk up to people and ask to look at their pouches.
"And in Sydney I learnt there is no street called 42 Wallaby Way like in Finding Nemo.''
"I went looking for it. What's next? Sea turtles don't talk?''
DeGeneres has repeatedly mentioned on her show how there had not been a sequel to Finding Nemo, despite its box office success.
She said she told herself: "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.''
DeGeneres finally announced that the sequel, Finding Dory, would finally happen, to rapturous applause.
"So kids let that be a lesson to you. Anything is possible if you are patient and you beg hard enough on national television.''
Director Andrew Stanton will tell Dory's story, which will take place about 12 months after the plot in the first film.
"One thing we couldn't stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin.
In 'Finding Dory,' she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."
Finding Dory will be set on the Californian coastline and bring back Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang as well as introduce new characters.