"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," said DeGeneres in a statement released by the studio. "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."
Original director Andrew Stanton, who in the years since "Finding Nemo" directed "WALL-E" and "John Carter," will be returning to helm "Finding Dory," this time from a script by Victoria Strouse. The announcement contains some small tidbits about the plot, notably that it will be set "in part" along the California coastline, will involve Dory reconnecting with her family, and that many of the characters from the first film (including Marlin and the Tank Gang) will be back for round two.
Somewhat more interesting is the fact that "Finding Dory" will mark the first time that two Pixar movies have come out in the same year. "Inside Out," "Up" director Pete Docter's "wildly ambitious" movie that takes place inside the mind of a young girl, comes out that June.