No blockbuster summer is complete without a Pixar movie hitting the big screen - and we have been treated to some animation gems over the last few years.

Finding Dory

Finding Dory

2016 will see the studio reunite audiences with some much-loved characters as Finding Dory is set for release at the end of July. It was back in 2003 when Finding Nemo was released and went on to be a massive critical and commercial hit... this will be the first time that we have seen these characters since that success as Dory takes centre stage.

It was Andrew Stanton who steered Finding Nemo to that success and he is back in the director's chair for his first Pixar since WALL·E back in 2008. Stanton has teamed up with Angus MacLane to direct the film and has penned the screenplay.

As well as a familiar face in the director's chair, we are also going to be seeing and Albert Brooks back to voice the characters of Dory and Marlin. The duo made a terrific partnership in the first film and I am excited to see them work together for the second time.

However, there are some brilliant new additions to the cast list as Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, and Dominic West are also on board. Hayden Rolence takes over the voice of Nemo.

Disney Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone's favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

When it comes to animation film, Pixar has been the master in recent years with the like of Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur under their belt in 2015; the former went on to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar earlier this year.

Finding Nemo remains the second highest grossing Pixar movie of all time - taking in excess of $867 million by the end of its theatrical release in 2003. Toy Story 3 is the only Pixar film to perform better at the box office and the only Pixar film to gross over $1 billion.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the release of Finding Dory - it is s sequel that has been in the pipeline for quite some time - and it could well rival or even surpass its predecessor.

Finding Dory really does look set to be one of the biggest and most successful animation films of 2016 and will certainly be the biggest film in the genre this summer.

Finding Dory is released 29th July.

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