A beaming Ellen DeGeneres arrived for the Hollywood premiere of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory on Wednesday, a film speculated over for 13 years and which she thought would never be made.
The US talk show host and comedian reprises her role as Dory, an absent-minded and chatty blue tang fish in the sequel to the Oscar-winning animated 2003 film Finding Nemo.
“I’m just excited that it is finally here because I never thought it would happen. Honestly, it was a joke that I was talking about it so much that I kind of gave up,” DeGeneres said of the film which opens in theatres on June 17.
Studio bosses will be aware such a long gap can be a real buzz-kill, with numerous follow-ups to huge blockbusters bombing at the box office because the appetite for their themes and characters faded with time.
Dory director Andrew Stanton, who was also behind Nemo, said Pixar had been clear when they were in negotiations for the buy-out by Disney that they would only make sequels if they had “a story that really holds up.”