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'Finding Dory,' sequel to 'Finding Nemo' set for release November 2015

Ellen DeGeneres arrives at a party in Melbourne,

Ellen DeGeneres arrives at a party in Melbourne, Australia. (March 26, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

The long-talked-about sequel to the 2003 Pixar smash, "Finding Nemo," is now a reality: Walt Disney Studios announced Tuesday that "Finding Dory" will be released Nov. 25, 2015.

The studio also confirmed that comedian Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of forgetful fish Dory, would reprise her role. "Nemo" director Andrew Stanton confirmed in September he would be returning.

"Today I am proud to officially announce that Pixar is making a sequel to 'Finding Nemo,' " DeGeneres -- who has made a long-running joke about the lack of one -- said Tuesday on her syndicated talk show. "And here's the good news: They say I'm one of the five top contenders to play the part of Dory! No, I will be Dory again," she said, adding, "So, kids, let that be a lesson to you: Anything is possible if you're patient and you beg hard enough on national television."

"There is no Dory without Ellen," Stanton -- whose "Finding Nemo" and "WALL-E" each earned the Academy Award for animated feature -- said in the Disney news release. "One thing we couldn't stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In 'Finding Dory,' she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."

The sequel, he said, takes place about a year after the events of the first film and is set partly along the California coast. Nemo as well as dad Marlin and the "Tank Gang" -- the seven fish and other sea life from the tank in the dentist's office -- will return.

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