Disney and Pixar brought a night of family fun to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for the world premiere of "Finding Dory" on Wednesday. Stars EllenDeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson walked the blue carpet before attendees packed into the auditorium to screen the highly anticipated sequel to 2003's "Finding Dory, which director Andrew Stantondescribed as being "eight years in denial."
"I spent four years with fish, you try that," Stanton quipped on the carpet. After watching "Dory" in 3D in 2011, the filmmaker revealed that he was able to finally see the film objectively. "I walked out so worried with Dory, that she hadn't really gotten over her abandonment issues from being forgotten and lost," Stanton said. "I didn't want that for her, I wanted her to have a better life."
While Stanton penned "Nemo," he admitted to wanting to give away the script to writer Victoria Strouse so that the "sister film" to the Disney-Pixar smash hit could have a female voice like its lead character.
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"Both of them have a perspective on disability that is really subtle, and it ends up being something that is very profound," said Strouse when comparing the two animated pics.
As for more movies, DeGeneres said that she will lend her voice to Dory for as long as she can. When Variety asked the star if she was open to doing more sequels in the ocean, DeGeneres quickly answered, "Oh yeah, that'd be great."
"Hopefully, if we do another sequel, they better hurry up because at some point my voice is going to change," she told reporters.
The opening also reeled in Disney and Pixar execs John Lasseter, who exec produced the film, Alan Horn, Alan Bergman and Ed Catmull.