Pixar Shares a First Look at 2 New Characters from Finding Dory
Pixar has released the concept art for the two new characters from the follow-up to its Oscar-winning 2003 film, Finding Nemo, and according to Entertainment Weekly, their voices are provided by some very familiar Hollywood vocal chords.
Set six months after the end of the first film, Finding Dory sees the forgetful blue tang (voiced again by Ellen DeGeneres) on a mission to find her long-lost parents. Along the way, she visits the rehabilitation center at marine life facility where she meets a beluga whale, named Bailey (voiced by Modern Family's quirky Ty Burrell, and his friend Destiny, a whale shark voiced by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actress Kaitlin Olson.
"My character isn't great at his own sonar capability, and Destiny has trouble swimming straight," Burrell explained to Entertainment Weekly. Unburdened by their shortcomings, however, the unlikely duo sets out with Dory to find her missing family.
"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."
Burrell and Olson have actually worked together before, playing a couple in the short-lived TV series Out of Practice more than 10 years ago—a rapport that allowed their animated reunion to go quite swimmingly. "We would just play off each other," Olson says. "Though to be honest, I was probably the boss of the entire situation, because I always like to be."
"There's always a deeper message with Pixar, and so much of it 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."
Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.
Watch the trailer for Finding Dory below.