Everyone’s favorite blue tang fish is back for another adventure! The anticipated sequel to the beloved 2003 Pixar film Finding Nemo is getting closer to its debut. Despite the 13-year gap, Finding Dory picks up just one year after Marlin and Dory brought Nemo home to the coral reef.
In Finding Dory, Marlin and Dory once again set out on a perilous adventure across the ocean. This time, however, it is not Nemo they’re looking for; it’s Dory’s family.
Finding Dory won’t be just a sequel to Finding Nemo, it will introduce a whole host of new characters for fans to love. Last month, Pixar debuted the characters that will be included in this aquatic adventure.
Here are the new characters that will come into play and some facts to introduce these lovely sea creatures:
Hank (voiced by Ed O’Neil)
Hank is a “septopus”, or an octopus with seven tentacles. He’ll be the first to meet Dory at the Marine Life Institute and dreams of moving to a Cleveland facility where he can enjoy a peaceful life of solitude.
- Latin name: Octopus vulgaris
- Can measure between 24-36 inches long
- Classified as a mollusk
Destiny (voiced by Kaitlin Olson)
Destiny is a whale shark who can be a tad clumsy but has a warm personality. She reunites with Dory at MLI (Marine Life Institute) when they wind up in the same pool.
- Latin name: Rhincodon typus
- Largest fish in the sea (can grow near the size of a school bus!)
- Favorite meal: plankton
Bailey (voiced by Ty Burrell)
Bailey is the resident beluga whale at MLI. He’s known for his dramatic flair and pushing Destiny’s buttons.
- Latin name: Delphinapterus leucas
- One of the smallest whale species
- Has a flexible neck that enables it to turn its head in all directions
Dory’s parents, Jenny and Charlie (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy)
Of course, Jenny and Charlie are blue tang fishes just like Dory. They’re both loving parents devoted to their daughter; they’d do anything for their only child. They protect her by providing the surviving skills she’ll need to navigate around with her short-term memory loss.
- Latin name: Paracanthurus hepatus
- Diet: omnivorous
- Can make itself semi-transparent when threatened
Fluke and Rudder (voiced by Idris Elba and Dominic West)
Fluke and Rudder are a pair of sea lions that have rehabilitated at the MLI. They mainly enjoy spending their time sunbathing and taking naps on their rocks.
- Scientific name: Zalophus californianus
- They don’t drink water, they get the water they need from the food they eat
- Even though they have teeth, they tend to swallow their food whole. Their teeth are mainly used for protection.
Becky (voiced by Torbin Bullock)
Becky is a kooky loon who encounters with Marlin and Nemo. Keep in mind though, she might be smarter than she looks.
- Latin name: Gavia immer
- Have unusual cries, which vary from wails to tremolos to yodels
- Known for their clumsy, awkward appearance
Even though the otters may not be having a larger role in the film, they’ll still be making an adorable appearance and stealing the audience’s hearts.
- Latin name: Enhydra lutris
- Aquatic member of the weasel family
- They have water-repellent fur to keep them warm and dry
Finding Dory also features returning favorites like Crush, Squirt, and Mr. Ray. While the story welcomes a host of new characters, both old and new will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life as it is explored in Finding Dory.
Don’t forget to watch Finding Dory in theaters on June 17!
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