D23: Disney Sets Voice Casts for 'Finding Dory,' 'Inside Out' and 'The Good Dinosaur'
UPDATED: Also announced on Friday: Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston to lend their voices to "The Pirate Fairy," arriving in spring 2014.
Dory is finding her parents.
Disney announced on Friday at the D23 expo in Anaheim, Calif., that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will join Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks in the Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. Keaton and Levy will play Dory's long-lost parents.
Ty Burrell has also been added to the cast, playing a whale named Bailey.
Finding Dory is set one year after the first film takes place, reported director Andrew Stanton, the two-time Oscar winner who directed Finding Nemo a decade ago. This time, Dory returns to the open sea in search of her parents. It's slated to hit theaters in November 2015.
The cast of the prehistoric creature feature includes John Lithgow as the character Poppa and Frances McDormand as Momma, along with Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris and Judy Greer playing their kids, and Lucas Neff voicing their sibling, protagonist Arlo.
Hader, Greer and Neff made an appearance, helping to introduce several clips from the film, in which the dinosaurs are effectively farmers. One humorous clip features Arlo as he comes into contact with a human for the first time.
Up director Pete Docter's follow-up, Inside Out, slated for release in 2015, involves an inventive story that takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. Lead characters include the emotions Anger, voiced by Lewis Black; Disgust, Mindy Kaling; Fear, Hader; Joy, Amy Poehler; and Sadness, Phyllis Smith. Work in progress was screened, including a well-received clip showing several emotions in a sort of master control room, responding to a disagreement with the girl's father. Smith and Hader joined Docter and producer Jonas Rivera on stage for the presentation.
Lasseter also previewed a short, Party Central, set on the campus of Monsters University as Mike and Sulley's fraternity throws its first party; and the first 10 minutes of Toy Story of Terror, which will bring the toys to ABC on Oct. 16.
Additionally, Disneytoons announced two new projects on Friday, including The Legend of the NeverBeast, arriving in spring 2015, and The Pirate Fairy, due in Spring 2014. Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston -- the Pirate Fairy voice cast -- took the stage to discuss their characters. The Mad Men actress will play Zarina, the titular character, while the Avengers alum will play James, a young Captain Hook.
Modern Family’s Julie Bowen joins the Planes sequel from director Bob Gannaway, Planes: Fire and Rescue, out next summer. Bowen will voice Dipper, a plane who is a big fan of the film’s protagonist, Dusty. Dane Cook is reprising his role as Dusty.
Disney revealed plans for a 2016 film titled Zootopia from director Byron Howard and writer Jared Bush.
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