‘Finding Dory’ to be Pixar’s first film titled for female star

I am so excited, because, today, Pixar announced that Ellen DeGeneres will star in the Nemo sequel “Finding Dory” out in 2015.

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“Dory” will be Pixar’s second film ever to feature a female protagonist (the first was last year’s “Brave”) and its first film ever to put the female character’s name in the title. YAY!

Fox News reports:

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” DeGeneres said. “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.”


It better be a lot more about Dory and YES, it has been a long time waiting. I’m a little worried because Dory wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but she was funny, compassionate, loyal, and brave.
Pixar, please make sure Dory is the real protagonist of this film. That means Dory is the one who ACTS and the movie is centered on her quest. Don’t forget, heroes are the ones who make choices, take risks, and go through a transition.
It would be great if you would throw some more female characters in the movie, even making half of them female. Don’t let Dory be a Minority Feisty.
Thank you for making “Dory,” and I am looking forward to 2015!

8 thoughts on “‘Finding Dory’ to be Pixar’s first film titled for female star

  1. Wasn’t Dory’s character one with many undesirable traits? Could the movie do more harm than good? I mean, nobody wants to be Dory, right?

    • Hi Tim,

      I admit, I’m a little concerned. That’s why I reminded Pixar of the traits/ narrative necessary for a hero. Dory has no memory. Heroes can be– and should be flawed. I am holding out hope.


  2. I love Dory and I am so pleased she is the protag of this movie. Have to say I’ve been really disappointed with the kids’ movies selection this year. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. I just happened to be thinking about how a female was given a title with her name on the poster earlier.

    As said, I sure hope it does not turn out to be male characters searching for Dory most of the time. But based on the title, it could be a story of the self-journey of Dory, or finding her family or something.

    Just a correction, there was at least one other female character that had speaking lines than the ones listed above. In the fish tank, there was Deb, the one who spoke to her reflection. There was also the dentist’s niece, Darla, who appeared towards the final act. They didn’t have the most speaking lines, but at least they were named and spoke.

    Off topic, but my username here actually comes from Latin with Nemo meaning “no one” or “no man”.

    • Hi No Named Nemo,

      Hilarious about “no man.”

      I remember there being SO many male characters in Nemo, schools of them, but I don’t have time to get the count now– or screen times. I changed the line to this: “It would be great if you would throw some more female characters in the movie, even making half of them female. Don’t let Dory be a Minority Feisty.”


  4. I’m curious as to how this will work. Hopefully Finding Dory doesn’t just retread the same plot points of Finding Nemo with Dory as the object of the quest this time. Perhaps it will be about her finding herself. It’s pointless to now with so little to go on.

    Speaking of Pixar, have you seen the trailers for Monsters University? So far I’m not noticing many women attending this college and it’s very troubling. Hopefully it’s just the way the trailer is edited.

    • Hi Cat,

      Looks like Monsters University has the same 2 male protags as Monsters Inc and yes, I did not notice many females in the preview.


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