The stars of “Finding Dory” had a “fin-tastic” time last night at the movie’s premiere. Reporters asked lots of questions, and the celebs were happy to take the bait.
Ellen DeGeneres was all smiles as she walked the blue carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood to celebrate Disney’s “Finding Dory.” The new Pixar feature is the long-awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo,” released back in 2003.
Ellen DeGeneres: “I am just excited that it’s finally here because I thought it would never happen, honestly. It was a joke that I was talking about it so much that I kind of gave up.”
But alas, Ellen finally got the call. This time around, the forgetful fish embarks on a journey to find her parents.
Ellen DeGeneres (as Dory): “I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family. At least, I think it does. Where are they?”
Comedian Albert Brooks is back, too, voicing clownfish Marlin.
Albert Brooks: “It feels exactly the same. That’s the thing about cartoons; they don’t age.”
New to the cast is actor Ed O’Neill.
Ed O’Neill: “It’s nice being with Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy — people that I’ve admired for a long time — Ellen.”
Ty Burrell shares his thoughts on his character, Bailey.
Ty Burrell: “He is well-intended, but very broken? Not broken. He’s not broken, that’s too much. Very flawed. It wasn’t a stretch.”
In the movie trailer, there’s internet buzz about this couple. Some are calling it Disney’s first animated lesbian couple.
Director Andrew Stanton is playing coy.
Andrew Stanton: “You know, we just try to represent whatever’s out there, so it’s whatever you want it to be.”
Ellen says it’s not a lesbian couple.
Ellen DeGeneres: “It’s really amazing because it’s two women pushing a stroller, which I didn’t even notice, and one of them has short hair. Apparently, if you have short hair, you are a lesbian. I did not know that was the rule.”
The only rule Disney does have — no matter your sexual preference, they hope you enjoy Dory’s journey.
When it comes to Dory, bigger is definitely better! Which is why you just have to see “Finding Dory” at the Museum of Discovery and Science IMAX in Fort Lauderdale.
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“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17.
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