Fans have to wait a few more months for the premiere of Pixar's "Finding Dory," but this brand-new sneak peek might hold them until then.
The studio released a new trailer for the film Wednesday, which suggests that the animated film will bring back fan-favorite characters from "Finding Nemo" like lovable Nemo (Hayden Rolence), his dad Marlin (Albert Brooks), the stingray teacher, the hippie sea turtles, and more. According to the Hollywood Reporter, much of the sequel takes place at the Marine Biology Institute of California, a marine life rehabilitation center that also serves as Dory's (Ellen DeGeneres) home. During the trailer she, Marlin and Nemo set out on a journey to discover her roots, running into friends old and new along the way.
Two new characters were introduced on Jan. 23 on the official Facebook page for "Finding Dory." Pixar released an image showing Bailey, a snub-nosed beluga whale, and Destiny the whale shark. The new characters are voiced by Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson, respectively. Dory encounters her new pals at the rehabilitation center where she grew up.
The first clip for "Finding Dory" was released in August 2015 at the D23 expo. The short clip showed Dory being brought out of a fainting spell. Upon snapping back to reality she remembers that she needs to get to California, which is quite a ways away. Naturally, she looks to her old pals Marlin and Nemo for help. Nemo is immediately on board, asking his father if he "can get us all the way across the ocean." Cautious Marlin is hesitant, but he agrees to reach out to someone.
"No... but I know a guy," he says through a sigh.
The "Finding Nemo" followup was announced in December 2014. At the time Collider revealed that the film would largely take place in one area and would bring back a series of old stars along with several new ones. The publication announced that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy would be joining the cast as Dory's parents, who she will attempt to reunite with throughout the film. Collider could not reveal too much about the film's plot at the time, but noted that it was rumored Pixar had to tweak its ending due to backlash sparked by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," about mistreatment of whales at Sea World.