Happy New Year! What an exciting time to be a Pixar fan; coming off of the thunderous year that was 2015 with both feature films Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and an exciting year ahead with the up-and-coming sequel to the now 13 year-old Finding Nemo with June 16th's Finding Dory! And what better way to start off the new year than with new concept art and first looks at two of the new character's from Director Andrew Stanton's third feature film from the studio. Check out the new concept art of Dory meeting her new sea-bound friends, Bailey (a snub-nosed beluga whale voiced by Ty Burrell) ,and his pal Destiny (a sweet whale shark voiced by Kaitlin Olson) as well as segments from the Entertainment Weekly article that published the story after the break!
Via Entertainment Weekly, Modern family star Ty Burell comments on his work at Pixar with Finding Dory and bringing Bailey to life:
“I’m a huge fan [of Finding Nemo],” he says. “It’s hard to find that balance of very sweet, very funny and great adventure in a story.”
“My character isn’t great at his own sonar capability, and Destiny has trouble swimming straight,” Burrell explains. Together, the offbeat duo — seen in the above concept art for the first time — play an important role in reuniting Dory with her loved ones. (But only if they can manage to get along first.)
Bailey and Destiny, a sweet whale shark voiced by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actress Kaitlin Olson, meet Dory at the rehabilitation center at a marine life facility located in northern California previously made known to be the home of Dory's parents.
“We totally get on each other’s nerves,” Olson reveals. “I like to think I’m a shark, but Bailey calls me a whale, and I make fun of his head, because it’s gigantic.”
“There’s always a deeper message with Pixar, and so much of it [in Finding Dory] is that these characters are trying to find faith in themselves,” says Burrell. “They’re trying to overcome their insecurities in order to help somebody in need.”
Bailey and Destiny seems to be a really fun pairing of eccentric characters who hopefully pull out the whale-speaking-DNA in Dory that makes her one of the most unique fish in the sea.
Finding Dory swims into theaters this June 17th, 2016!
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