An Interview With Ellen Degeneres For The In-Home Release Of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory
When Finding Dory was released in movie theaters earlier this year, the stunning sequel to Finding Nemo was an instant smash. The aquatic adventure has since splashed past $1 billion at the global box office and is currently the fifth highest-grossing animated movie of all time.
The blockbuster swims home in time for the holidays when it is released on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand later this month, when audiences can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family. Fans will also be able to continue the underwater story with hours of immersive bonus features featuring the creative talent of Pixar and the all-star cast.
To celebrate the in-home launch, we dive deep into the kelp to find out more about the making of the film as we chat to Ellen DeGeneres, who provide the voice of Marlin’s blue tang BFF, Dory…
How does it feel to voice Dory again after all these years?
I’ve really, really enjoyed it. I was really excited to play Dory again because she’s so loveable, innocent, child-like and playful. This time, it’s a little more emotional for the character. It’s a beautiful story where you get to see who she really is.
What can fans expect from the story of the animated sequel?
You can expect a funny, clever, sweet and heartwarming tale. It’s a great film with great messages. And if you know about Pixar and Pixar movies, you’ll know that it’s filled with little hidden treasures. You’ll see hidden Easter eggs, as they call them.
What’s different about the story of the sequel?
I feel like there’s a lot more excitement in the sequel. For example, there’s an epic chase scene. There’s a lot more action and a lot more emotion, but it’s just as funny and clever as the original movie.
Are there tons of jokes in Finding Dory?
You’ll laugh very hard and you’ll probably cry. You’ll cheer, too. There are two places where the whole audience cheers and that’s really fun. This is so much more than a cartoon movie. I’m really proud of it.
Do you think Dory looks like you?
People say she looks like me. I don’t see it, but I accept it. They film me in the recording booth when I’m saying my lines. They capture my facial expressions, which is how they come up with the look of the fish. I see the resemblance with Albert Brooks’ fish, Marlin, so I do see it with other people – but I don’t see it with me.
How much fun did you have in the recording booth?
The recording booth was both fun and challenging. This is a very personal story for Dory. It’s emotional and it was very easy for me to cry [in the booth]. I didn’t read the lines and pretend to sniffle, because I was emotional and sad for real. I felt everything that Dory was going through.
Did you also get the giggles in there?
Of course! It’s funny in there because the script is hilarious. And then they’ll also ask me to improvise, which is great. There are lots of moments we can’t use because people are laughing, so we have to do it all over again.
How do you get into the mindset of a blue tang fish?
I don’t think about Dory being a fish. That’s the beauty of why people are so moved by this movie, because it’s all about human emotions and human qualities. If I pretended to be a fish, I don’t think people would be as invested. That’s what gives all of these fish and sea creatures such depth, because there’s real human emotion there. I’m playing Dory as if I’m voicing a person.
Fans get to meet Baby Dory in the movie. Did you voice her, too?
They went back in time to when I was a child and they found a tape where I said all those words! No, that was a precious little girl who I met at the premiere in Los Angeles. She sat behind me and she was very sweet.
Why does the world love Dory so much?
Everyone loves Dory because there’s not one speck of judgement or meanness in her. She’s so happy and optimistic. She’s kind and she’s innocent, and she perseveres no matter what. She doesn’t see herself as a victim and she never feels sorry for herself. Even if she does, she just picks herself right back up.
Which of Dory’s characteristics would you most like to possess?
I would love to have every trait of Dory’s. I try to have as many traits as she has when it comes to optimism, perseverance and non-judgement. That’s why she’s such a loveable character because she thinks that everything is possible. She just keeps swimming!
Where in the world would you most like to swim?
I’d love to swim in The Maldives. I’ve always wanted to go there because it looks so beautiful. I went to Bora Bora not too long ago and that was amazing, but The Maldives would be fun.
How much do you enjoy swimming?
I love the ocean and I enjoy swimming – but I don’t spend a lot of time in the ocean. My relationship with the ocean is making sure we protect it and keep it clean. I think it’s really important to make sure that we don’t throw litter or trash on beaches.
What is your favorite underwater animal?
Personally, I love sea turtles. I think they’re amazing. They are so cool and gentle. I really love the way they move and the way they look. I just love sea turtles!
Which character from Finding Dory would you most love to come face-to-face with?
I would probably like to come face-to-face with Hank the most. I think Hank is a lot of fun, even though he’s grouchy. I’m sure I’d get along with him.
What do you think of blue tangs?
They’re blue. They’re tangs. And they’re wonderful fish!
What would you most like to ask Dory?
You know what? I’ve never thought of what I would ask Dory. How do you like me voicing you? I guess I’d ask her that.
What have you learned about fish from playing Dory?
The honest answer is I didn’t really do any research for the role, but I really care about nature, our planet and the environment. I think it’s really important to protect our oceans and our fishes, as well as our coral reefs.
Have your thoughts on underwater life changed after working on these two animated ocean adventures?
Not really, because I’ve always been a protector of the oceans and animals in general. We have a beautiful world and we know very little about it, but I feel like it needs to be protected. We all need to look out for the ocean. We all need to get involved with conservation and the environment.
What can Finding Dory fans do to help protect the ocean?
There are lots of things you can do. Firstly, don’t leave trash on the beach. Don’t leave trash anywhere because it goes into the sewers, which goes into the waterways. Never litter. And if you see somebody littering, you should tell them that that’s not a safe thing to do. Our planet is not a trash can.