Following last Wednesday's big reveal of the first Finding Dory theatrical trailer, new plot details and an official, newly updated synopsis for the film have surfaced online! While you should read at your own risk, the plot details go extensively in depth about the journey that our favorite forgetful blue tang Dory and old friends Marlin and Nemo take in discovering Dory's family roots. A big thank you to our friends over at Stitch Kingdom must be extended for digging up all of these juicy story bits from the Learn to Draw Finding Dory story book. Read full character descriptions, plot details, and the new Finding Dory film synopsis all after the break!
Official Film Synopsis:
Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
Directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Lindsey Collins, the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.
Full Character Descriptions:
PLOT DETAILS: *read at your own risk*
The Learn to Draw Finding Dory story book details the main characters in the film: ‘Baby Dory,’ which is probably just that, a toddler version of Dory that we have already also identified as ‘Little Dory;’ a trio of sea lions — Fluke, Rudder and Gerald (whom we have already shared a photo of courtesy of Monogram International); a ‘quirky’ loon named Becky; and a group collectively known as ‘the otters’ — which may be Finding Dory’s answer to the moonfish. The book also includes characters we already know about: Dory’s parents, Charlie and Jenny; Destiny, a nearsighted whaleshark; Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a self-conscious beluga whale; and, of course, Marlin and Nemo.
Although it’s been reported that the film picks up six months after Finding Nemo, it’s been a year, according to the book. Dory is now Mr. Ray’s teaching assistant. On a field trip to study the migration of stingrays, Dory and the class learn that some species possess a ‘natural instinct to return home.’ Learning this triggers childhood memories in Dory, distracting her and causing her to get swept away in an undertow. She is then found by Marlin and Nemo, who find her disoriented, mumbling about ‘the jewel of Morro Bay, California.’ When she is reminded of what she said by Nemo, Dory is flooded with memories and she and Nemo convince Marlin to swim to the Pacific Coast to help find her family which includes her parents Charlie and Jenny.
Along the way, the trio are said to run into both ‘old and new’ friends including a couple of current experts who go by the name of Crush and Squirt. But after a run in with some hermit crabs and a giant squid, Dory is perhaps saved by a team from the Marine Life Institute (MLI) whose mission is to ‘rescue, rehabilitate and release the coast’s sickest fish and sea mammals.’ With her trusted friends Marlin and Nemo still outside the MLI, Dory finds herself in quarantine with a tag clipped to her.
The tag catches the eye of Hank, a cantankerous octopus with just seven legs. Hank, who relies on his cloaking skills to often evade staffers, offers to help Dory find her parents in exchange for her tag, which he views as his ticket to the aquarium’s sister, quieter location in Cleveland. Hank uses his camouflage skills to get Dory to the open ocean exhibit where she will be free of the MLI. Along the way, however, Dory encounters ‘cuddly’ sea otters and a ‘crowded touch pool’ and an ‘assortment of new friends,’ which includes Destiny and Bailey.
Once the pair reach the ocean, Hank takes the tag from Dory and she heads off to her childhood home. Sadly when she arrives there, she’s told that all the blue tangs had been taken to quarantine at the MLI, so she must head back. But without Hank to help her, Dory’s only entry back into the MLI is through some scary pipes. With no other choice, Dory heads into the pipes and eventually runs into Marlin and Nemo who decided to try to follow their friend in with the assistance of sea lions Rudder, Fluke and Gerald, along with a loon named Becky. They all explain to Dory that they were able to find her by asking themselves ‘What would Dory do?’
Although Hank is about to head off to Cleveland, Dory is able to stop him and get him to help her locate the blue tangs in quarantine. He does so, but the blue tangs are sad to report that Dory’s parents are not with them. Startled by a staffer who spots Hank, he accidentally drops Dory into a drain that leads back to the ocean. Alone in the ocean, Dory finds herself asking ‘What would Dory do? What would I do?’ This leads her to a trail of sea shells which eventually leads her to her parents, who have been waiting for her outside MLI the whole time. Reunited with her family, Dory then comes to the realization that Marlin and Nemo are now headed with Hank to Cleveland, so with the help of her parents and new friends, Dory sets out to rescue Marlin, Nemo and Hank and discover the true meaning of family.
Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17th, 2016!
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