Learning more about Finding Dory: An interview with Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins

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This post about Finding Dory is part of a series about my experiences during the Finding Dory Press Event. This was an all expense paid trip, but my reactions to the experiences and opinions are my own.
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What if you could tell a story about someone with an invisible disability that was so accepting of others yet always apologized for their own? What if it one of the messages was that you are wired the way you are wired, and you just need to embrace that and be who you are. That quirkiness isn’t a weakness but a strength.

One of the highlights of my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the Finding Dory press event was the opportunity to interview Andrew Stanton (Director) and Lindsey Collins (Producer) about the making of Finding Dory. (Side note, last week at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference I got to hear from Lindsey again, such a treat, she’s delightful!)

Andrew Stanton (Director) and Lindsey Collins (Producer )at the Finding Dory Long Lead press day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA. Photo by Marc Flores. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Andrew Stanton (Director) and Lindsey Collins (Producer )at the Finding Dory Long Lead press day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA. Photo by Marc Flores. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

First off, it shouldn’t surprise you at all that when they approached Ellen Degeneres about being Dory, it was one of the quickest phone calls ever. The part was clearly written with Ellen in mind.

What I love about Finding Dory is they don’t address the passing of time. Who wants to explain what happened for the past thirteen years? Not only does this make the story of Finding Dory timeless, but it means even if movie goers discover the film before Finding Nemo, it will still make sense.

I learned that it actually took awhile to start wondering about Dory, and what happened to her. Here’s the thing, Andrew told us he didn’t want to say ANYTHING about what he was thinking about Dory because once you say something at Disney, it’s gonna happen.

and Finding Dory DID happen. We’ll find out exactly what when it swims into theaters on June 17th, 2016.

If you’re wondering if we will see some of our old favorites in Finding Dory, the answer is yes. If it makes sense. They tried really hard to fit them all in. Obviously Marlin and Nemo are there, just always a few swims behind Dory. In addition to our old friends, we’ll also meet others like Hank, played by Ed O’Neill of Modern Family and Married… With Children. Hank is the “septipus” (an octopus who lost and arm) who is key to helping Dory find her parents. I’m going to tell you right now, I think Hank is my new favorite.

DO I KNOW YOU? -- In Disney?Pixar's "Finding Dory," everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), encounters an array of new?and old?acquaintances, including a cantankerous octopus named Hank (voice of Ed O'Neill). Directed by Andrew Stanton (?Finding Nemo,? ?WALL?E?) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer ?WALL?E?), ?Finding Dory? swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

DO I KNOW YOU? — In Disney?Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), encounters an array of new?and old?acquaintances, including a cantankerous octopus named Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill). Directed by Andrew Stanton (?Finding Nemo,? ?WALL?E?) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer ?WALL?E?), ?Finding Dory? swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

Like Ellen, much of the casting for Finding Dory came naturally. Like Dory’s parents are Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. (Note: Diane Keaton had never done a voice before.) Casting animation involves a lot of interviewing. From Linday: “You want to just listen to the voices together, and see how they interact, and so in some ways, it made our casting process so easy because she (Ellen) has interviewed almost everybody in our cast at least once before.”

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Dory’s transition from a supporting role to the main character had the potential to be challenging. With main characters, one of the reasons that you follow them is because you can see that they’re growing and that they’re changing and that they’re hitting things and overcoming them. Since Dory has short term memory loss, this becomes challenging. Which is why they allowed her to have emotional memory and have triggers that helped her remember bits and pieces. As she gets closer to home, she remembers more.

The unanswered question? Will Dory remember how to get home? We won’t find out until June, but we’ll create lots of memories on the way.

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

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