Rejoice, all members of the blue tang clan. Dory, the delightfully forgetful fish memorably voiced by Ellen DeGeneres in Pixar's 2003 animated classic Finding Nemo, will swim back onto the big screen in - what else? - Finding Dory.
The sequel to the Oscar-winning box-office splash, which is scheduled to open Nov. 25, 2015, will take place about a year after the original film, filling in the blanks for both the audience and Dory about why this friendly ocean dweller was all alone when Nemo's dad, Marlin, happened upon her.
Says director Andrew Stanton, "She will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."
No one could be more bubbly about the news than DeGeneres, who also debuted her successful daytime talk show in 2003.
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long ,long, long time," she said in a statement. "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."
It also has more Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang from that Aussie dentist's office along with a raft of new characters, and is partly set along the California coast.