Just Keep Swimming in the First Trailer for ‘Finding Dory’

Finding Nemo is one of Pixar’s most precious gems. A film that was in the early dominance of the animation studio, it is still thought of as not just one of their best (maybe even best), but one of the best animated features ever made. While a sequel to the 2003 mega-hit was always wanted, Pixar was in a no-sequel stage back then, only going original films. Fast-forward 13 years later and we are finally diving back into the water filled with all those colorful characters (and then some).

Finding Dory may not be the sequel we all imagined, but it’s still a sequel. Until now, the only things we’ve really known are that it will be following the forgetful fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres and that a number of the original characters will be back, including Marlin and Nemo. Now with its first official trailer finally released, we now know just how many of those characters will be back, among many other things. Take a look below:

I’ve got to be honest, while it’s truly great to have another adventure with all these characters, it feels a hell of a lot like Finding Nemo. Not beat for beat or anything like that, it just looks like each step will be one we’ve already seen from these characters, just with a few minor changes here and there. Don’t get me wrong, am I still excited for this? Definitely, just as much as anyone else. The new supporting characters look like they’ll be a ton of fun, ones who will serve the story very well. Where my… hesitancy comes into play is that it’s hard to see an entire film following a supporting character like Dory holding up for 90 minutes. And especially after seeing this trailer, Finding Dory‘s biggest downfall could be that it’s a rehash of its classic predecessor, which is something we don’t want after a 13 year absent.

Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.

Now I want to hear from you guys. What did you think of the trailer? Did you have the same feeling after watching it as I did or was your take a little different? What are you most excited for about Finding Dory? Let us know in the comments! Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17th, 2016 and features a stellar voice cast led by Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olsen and Ed O’Neill.

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