Brief “Finding Dory,” “Moana” Updates

Pixar CCO John Lasseter made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this morning where he delivered a two-hour presentation about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films following the gushingly positive reaction to the company’s “Inside Out” which screened there few days ago.

Though it has been over a decade since “Finding Nemo,” Lasseter confirms that the upcoming “Finding Dory” is a sequel which takes place six months later. Dory and Nemo re-team on an adventure to find Dory’s parents who are played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.

Their encounters on this trip include a scary visit with a giant squid, a trip through a kelp forest off Northern California, and a place in the middle of the Pacific where shipping containers have fallen off boats. Other characters include octopus and a confused whale-shark named Destiny.

Lasseter didn’t offer anything new about “Toy Story 4,” only saying: “I am very excited to be directing again. We’re in the early stages of the film, but it’s shaping up nicely. It’s funny. The story is not as much a continuation of the past films, but a brand new chapter in the ‘Toy Story’ world.”

Finally, the Polynesian princess story “Moana” is said to be a musical along the lines of “Pocahontas” and “The Little Mermaid” and will open with a song number that runs over the title character’s birth. Set two millennia in the past, the story follows a sixteen-year-old girl who sails off to explore nearby islands and encounters mythical hero Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

Source: Variety