The world has caught emoji-ever, and the only cure is more emoji. Disney has expanded its “As Told By Emoji” series to include the heart-breaking, then heart-warming tale of “Finding Nemo.”
The emoji adaptation comes just as “Finding Dory” is about to hit theaters on June 17, 2016. Disney stated that if you’re a “little forgetful” (like Dory) and need a quick recap of the original story, that this could be just the synapsis you’re looking for.
As far as marketing goes, the idea is genius. It’s also fun to see the emoji-fied versions of Dory, Nemo, Marlin, Crush, and their fishy friends.
Returning to the franchise is Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), as the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang. Joining DeGeneres in the film are Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark.
Directing the film are Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), and co-director Angus MacLane.
The film was produced by Lindsey Collins (co- producer “WALL•E”), who was also in attendance during Disney’s D23 Expo last year when the film was introduced. The story reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past.
Disney teases the film asking, “What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?”
The film also features the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. Disney·Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.