With the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, now in theaters, I recently sat down with director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins for an exclusive video interview. They talked about how they know what’s still funny after watching a film so many times during development, Easter eggs, why they put two Die Hard movie references in the film, and the technology jump between Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Plus, they reveal the Blu-ray will include thirty minutes of deleted scenes. Check out what they had to say in the video above.
As most of you know, the sequel finds Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) setting out on an adventure to discover answers about her past. Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (newcomer Hayden Rolence) are back along with Bob Peterson as Mr. Ray and Stanton himself as Crush the super-chill sea turtle. New additions include Dory’s fish parents, Charlie and Jenny (voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton); a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell); a whale shark called Destiny (Kaitlin Olson); and the curmudgeonly octopus, Hank (Ed O’Neill).
Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins:
- How do they know what’s still funny after watching a film so many times during development?
- Easter eggs in the film.
- How there are two Die Hard movie references in Finding Dory.
- How far ahead have they places Easter eggs to upcoming films?
- Who decides what Easter eggs will be in the film?
- Deleted scenes talk and how many almost made it into the final film? How a minute scene from the beginning of the film of Dory sleep swimming was completely finished but ultimately cut out.
- Stanton reveals about 30 minutes of deleted scenes will be on the Blu-ray (I’m sure most of it is not finished footage).
- They talk about the technology jump in Finding Dory. Collins says the film has 200 fewer shots than most Pixar films.