Back in July of last year we learned that Disney/Pixar had begun early pre-production on an animated sequel film to Finding Nemo. In August we learned that Ellen DeGeneres had signed on to reprise her role as Dory in the as-yet untitled film. In February of this year, Albert Brooks followed suit and signed on to reprise his role as Marlin in the film. Today we learn that the sequel will be centered on the Dory character and will be titled Finding Dory! The film is scheduled to hit theaters in November of 2015, click below to learn more.

Disney and Pixar have today announced that Finding Nemo is getting a sequel. Finding Dory will arrive in US cinemas on November 25th, 2015, and (as you may have guessed) will follow the adventures of Dory, the helpful if somewhat absent-minded Blue Tang from the original movie. The film will take place roughly a year after the events of the first film. Many favourites will return, including Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Other details are scarce right now, but the film will take place partly along the California coastline. Ellen DeGeneres seems pretty ecstatic about reprising her role as a forgetful fish. “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.” And the director of Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton, will also be returning to oversee the sequel. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” he said. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”

Brilliant, brilliant idea. I had a feeling that the sequel would turn out to be something along these lines. I didn’t expect it to be totally Dory-centric but I had an inkling that she would be a big focus of the film. Finding Nemo is, IMHO, one of the best animated films ever made so I have high hopes that Finding Dory will measure up and be just as good. If we’ve learned anything from the Toy Story films, its that Pixar can make spectacular sequel films so … I’m not worried. Let the countdown begin, Finding Dory hits theaters on November 25, 2015!