Disney and Pixar brought a night of family fun to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for the world premiere of “Finding Dory” on Wednesday. Stars Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson walked the blue carpet before attendees packed into the auditorium to screen the highly anticipated sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” which director Andrew Stanton described as being “eight years in denial.”
“I spent four years with fish, you try that,” Stanton quipped on the carpet, before admitting that he initially didn’t like the idea of a sequel. The filmmaker revealed that it wasn’t until after he watched “Nemo” in 3D in 2011 that he was finally able to see the film objectively — and became open to the idea of a second story. “I walked out so worried with Dory, that she hadn’t really gotten over her abandonment issues from being forgotten and lost,” Stanton said. “I didn’t want that for her, I wanted her to have a better life.”
While Stanton penned “Nemo,” he admitted to wanting to give the script to writer Victoria Strouse so that the “sister film” to the Disney-Pixar smash hit could have a female voice like its lead character.
“Both of them have a perspective on disability that is really subtle, and it ends up being something that is very profound,” said Strouse when comparing the two animated pics.
As for more movies, DeGeneres said that she will lend her voice to Dory for as long as she can. When Variety asked the star if she was open to doing more sequels in the ocean, DeGeneres quickly answered, “Oh yeah, that’d be great.”
“Hopefully, if we do another sequel, they better hurry up because at some point my voice is going to change,” she told reporters.
The opening also reeled in Disney and Pixar execs John Lasseter, who exec produced the film, Alan Horn, Alan Bergman, Ed Catmull and Ricky Strauss. Producer Lindsey Collins and co-director Angus MacLane also attended.