How Long After 'Finding Nemo' Is 'Finding Dory' Set? The Pixar Sequel Picks Up Sooner Than You'd Think

The time has come for Dory to swim again in Pixar's newest film, Finding Dory, the long-anticipated sequel to the animation studio's 2003 classic, Finding Nemo. The sequel to the movie about a little boy clownfish who gets separated from his single father has been 13 years in the making. Kids that flocked to see Finding Nemo in movie theaters are now teenagers and adults, and, while some fans hoped that Finding Dory would be a Dory-centric prequel, the film is, in fact, a true sequel that takes place after Finding Nemo. But just how long after Finding Nemo is Finding Dory set?

Finding Dory takes place just six months after the events of Finding Nemo — that's 1/26th of the actual time that has passed since the release of the film. In case you forgot, Finding Nemo ends with Marlin (Albert Brooks) being reunited with his son Nemo (Alexander Gould), and taking him home with his new friend, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the charming Blue Tang fish who suffers from short term memory loss. Finding Dory picks up half a year later, when the trio embarks on a new across the ocean adventure to try to find Dory's long lost family.

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The voices of Marlin and Dory, Brooks and DeGerens, are back for the sequel, but, because the movie is set only six months after Finding Nemo, the voice of Nemo had to be recast. Gould, who was not even 10 years old when he played Nemo, is now 22 — much too old to voice a young fish. Instead, young actor Hayden Rolence is voicing the adorable fish, with Gould voicing Passenger Carl in Finding Dory. In an interview with Yahoo!, director Andrew Stanton spoke about the surprisingly easy process of re-casting Nemo, revealing he saw eight boys who sounded exactly like the original voice. Rolence is a bit older than Gould was when he recorded his voice for Nemo, so fans might notice a bit of a difference in the character's voice. But Stanton thinks the slightly older voice matches the character, saying, "It's OK because Nemo is about six months older, and he's older and wiser just from having crossed the ocean."

Rolence isn't the only new cast member joining Dory's adventure. Finding Dory also welcomes Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, and Diane Keaton to the Pixar family. The star-studded cast almost makes up for making fans wait 13 years for Finding Dory — almost.

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