'Finding Dory' Cast and Characters Are Announced (and the Otters Will Own Your Heart) -- See the Cute Pics!
By Alex Ungerman
These otters should really be called "awwwwtters!"
Pixar revealed new characters and voice actors for Finding Dory -- the sequel to the 2003 mega-hit, Finding Nemo --on Tuesday. The highly-anticipated movie follows Nemo's forgetful but lovable friend, and we have to say, we really can't get over how adorable some of these new critters are.
"Otters are seriously cute," the official Facebook page for Dory's character wrote of the cute little semi-aquatic mammals. "Seriously, who can resist their sweet, furry faces?"
Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks are back to voice Dory and Marlin respectively, while newcomer Hayden Rolence is taking over Nemo duties in the sequel. Bob Peterson is also back to voice our favorite sting ray teacher, Mr. Ray.
Meanwhile, a star-studded cast fills out the Dory lineup, including former SNL co-stars, Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon, who play a fish couple Dory meets in the movie. Read on for all the sweet snaps and adorable details from Pixar about all the new fish in the sea.
Jenny and Charlie (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy)
"They celebrate and protect Dory," says the Pixar announcement. "Striving to arm her with the skills she’ll need to navigate the world with a faulty memory."
Hank (Ed O'Neill)
A no-nonsense former Octupus who is now a "septopus," on account of losing a tentacle.
Bailey (Ty Burrell)
Joining O'Neill in a sort of Modern Family seaunion (sorry) is Burrell, who plays this beluga whale "who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz."
In maybe the most unexpected place to have a reunion of HBO’s gritty crime drama, The Wire, Elba and West are far from Baltimore as just "a pair of lazy sea lions" who "really enjoy their down time and would rather not be bothered mid nap."
Destiny (Kaitlin Olson)
We can already tell this whale shark, who is "who is a clumsy swimmer with a big heart," will be one of our favorite new characters.
Becky (Torbin Bullock)
Not a fish but a loon "who takes a liking to Marlin."
Crush and Squirt (Andrew Stanton and Bennett Dammann)
OK, not technically new, (although Squirt is being voiced by a new actor), but we are happy to see "the ocean’s coolest turtles" back in the new movie!
“It really is a whole new chapter this time,” said Stanton, who also wrote and directed the film. "We're introducing new characters—each with his or her own unique voice. Everyone has something special to offer, which makes it fun and elevates the whole story. Finding Nemo was a great calling card when it came to casting this movie. I don’t take that for granted."
Finding Dory hits theaters nationwide on June 17, 2016.
Ellen DeGeneres talked to ET last November, candidly admitting that Finding Nemo came along at a low point in her life.
"I hadn't worked at all," DeGeneres said at the time. "People don't realize that, because it took three years to do Finding Nemo. In the time that [The Ellen Show] was canceled, while I was doing nothing, [writer/director] Andrew Stanton had heard my voice on TV and how rambling I was and how I never stayed on topic, and he wrote Dory with me in mind."