Monterey - Dory, the forgetful and delightful blue fish in Pixar's "Finding Nemo," had a saying: "Just keep swimming." It was her way of telling her underwater friends -- and us -- to keep moving forward no matter what life throws our way.
But let's ignore meaning and look at the literal, just so we can advise Dory to alter her catchphrase a bit: "Just keep swimming ... to Monterey."
Because that's where she's headed in the "Finding Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory," hitting theaters this summer. The animated blue tang, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is off on a new adventure in search of her parents.
News that her journey would lead to Monterey has apparently been out there for about a year, but it's circulating more prominently now thanks to a new trailer released this week and the pending arrival of bloggers Monday for a sneak peek of the movie, a meet-and-greet with the director and a VIP tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The bloggers -- invited by Disney, which owns Pixar Animation Studios -- will be sharing their experiences on social media with the hashtag #FindingDoryEvent.
One of those bloggers is Gayle Turner, co-founder of Life Is An Adventure -- The Disney Gals. On Wednesday, she wrote that the animators and production team put in a lot of research hours at the aquarium to learn how it works, and that it will be depicted on screen as the Monterey Marine Life Institute.
A Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman said he couldn't comment. "At this point, it's all Disney/Pixar's story to tell," wrote Communications Director Ken Peterson in an email.
Early reports about the movie said it would take place mostly at the Marine Life Institute, rather than in the open ocean. Indeed, much of the trailer shows Dory in enclosures of various sizes, including a touch pool. (It will likely be a different experience the next time you reach in to pet a sea star.)
It's the third time within a year that Monterey has had the opportunity to play such a prominent role on screen, following last summer's "Big Blue Live" and the upcoming HBO dramedy "Big Little Lies," scheduled to return for filming soon.
"Finding Dory," set to open June 17, comes out 13 years after "Finding Nemo," but it picks up just six months after that story left off. Clownfish father-son team Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) return, while new characters include a whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a childhood friend of Dory's. Others in the voice cast include Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.
"Finding Dory" is written and directed by Andrew Stanton, who helmed the Oscar-winning "Nemo."
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