Last year, we reported that Pixar’s Finding Dory would be about the forgetful fish (Ellen DeGeneres) trying to find her parents with the help of Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo. We also learned that her story would take the trio from the Great Barrier Reef to along the California coastline. Granted, the film is still far off and a lot can change when it comes to an animated movie, but it’s not a premise, especially if you have Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy voicing Dory’s parents. There was also word that the movie would take place at an aquatic park, and that the ending was tweaked in response to the outcry from the heart-wrenching documentary Blackfish, which is about the abuse of orcas at Sea World.
Now a recent interview with Pixar President Jim Morris has provided new details regarding one of the film’s major settings and how it affects the plot. Hit the jump for more. Finding Dory opens June 17, 2016.
Speaking to our partner site, Omelete, Morris said the sequel takes place six months after the first movie, and Dory, now living in the same reef as the clown fishes, living a normal and quiet life, dealing with her forgetfulness. One day she goes with Nemo on a class trip to see manta rays migrate back home, which makes her feel home sick since she doesn’t know where she came from.
Morris added that “the movie will be mostly set at the California Marine Biology Institute, a huge complex of sea life rehabilitation and aquarium, where Dory was born and raised. We will get to meet new characters, like an octopus, sea lions, a beluga whale, among others.”
It’s interesting that the movie is mostly set at one location, so even though Dory is trying to find her parents, this doesn’t seem to be the same quest-narrative of the first film.