Possibly you’ve heard about the sequel to the 2003 movie Finding Nemo; that being Finding Dory. The sequel has been announced for a mid-2016 release date. But even before that movie has been completed and shown in the cinemas, Pixar have announced that it is actually going to be followed by another which will make the “Finding” series a trilogy.
Both Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks confirmed that they would be returning as Dory and Marlin, respectively, which is pleasing the fans of the original movie. And even though Pixar hasn’t announced what the latest instalment is about, there is much speculation on the Internet with many suggesting that the Finding Dory title should be taken literally. That is, the suggestion from many fans is that Marlin, along with a new cast of fish will be on the hunt looking for Dory who is lost somewhere.
But I believe that the title of the third movie in the trilogy gives away what the second movie is really about. But I’m not going to tell you about the plot of Finding Dory just yet. You’re going to have to read on.
The Third Movie
While the second movie will focus on Dory as the main character, the third movie will feature another popular character from the original movie.
In Finding Nemo, whilst on their way to, well, find Nemo, Dory and Marlin stumble upon a group of sharks holding something similar to an Alcoholics Anonymous group. This small group of sharks are determined to stop being fish eaters. The group is lead by a Great White Shark that goes by the name of Bruce.
The Main Character
You might remember Bruce’s speech that he gave at the beginning of the meeting;
“I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”
Bruce is voiced by the legendary Australian comedian, actor and satirist Barry Humphries. Not many people would recognise Barry Humphries if they bumped into him because he is most famously known by his alter egos; Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. In the photo below, Barry Humphries is flanked by his Dame Edna persona to the left, and his Sir Les character to the right.
One could argue that Dame Edna is the most famous of these characters. Whilst Dame Edna Everage is a household name in Barry’s home country of Australia, she is also very famous in Britain having had her own television show called The Dame Edna Experience for the BBC on British televsion back in 1987 and 1989. Whilst already being known to North American audiences thanks to successful stints on Broadway including a Tony Award winning show, she became known to a wider audience through the popular legal comedy-drama series Ally McBeal.
The Psychology of Bruce
As I mentioned above, Bruce was, in the first movie, trying his best to be a non-fish eating shark. Of course, to a wider audience, and one who has been brought up on Shark Week specials and Jaws movies, everyone knows that Great Whites Sharks are ferocious meat eaters with an appetite for more than just seaweed and other plant life in the ocean. But Bruce has an identity crisis. But it’s more than him not wanting to be a meat eater…
In biology, a clasper is a male anatomical structure found in some groups of animals including sharks. Basically, a clasper, for want of a better word, is the male shark’s penis. And they get two of them. However, despite being a male shark, Bruce for some reason doesn’t have any claspers. (Thanks for that tip from Disney Wikia).
So you see, although Bruce was assigned the gender of male at birth, Bruce has struggled for a very long time before “he” knew that “he” was in fact a she.
And that’s the plot of the third instalment; Finding Caitlyn.
Barry Humphries will be retuning for this movie to voice Caitlyn. As of December 2015, Humphries will have spent many 60 years of his life playing the part of his female alter ego Dame Edna Everage, so he will be adapt in playing the part of Caitlyn, the new feminine identity of the Grate White Bruce.
Although Bruce or Caitlyn will not be making an appearance in the second movie, you will see Dory return for the third movie in a very important role.
The Plot of the Second Movie
As I promised earlier, by knowing the title and the plot of the third movie, it is easy to work out exactly what the second movie will really be about.
Dory, as you all know, is played by the popular American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer Ellen DeGeneres. What we find out in this film is that when Dory returns to the waters off California, she meets up with her family. It is then that we learn that Dory’s short-term memory loss was actually the result of her trying to forget things.
Dory was trying to forget about her past and escape from her family and her community. You see, Dory is in fact a homosexual fish. Yes, she is a lesbian.
Finding Dory is not in fact a literal title like the literal title of Finding Nemo, but it is a metaphor for Dory’s journey of self discovery. It is during her long swim home from Sydney, Australia to California, USA with Marlin and Nemo in tow that she learns that she can be open and honest with her new friends. Marlin helps her realise that she should no longer hide her true identity from the rest of the ocean, and it is with his love and guidance that Dory comes out to her family.
Now, if you don’t believe me about this, I want you to watch this video where Ellen announces on her show back in 2013, after making her own trip from Sydney back to California, that Finding Dory was going to go ahead. I want you to pay particular attention to how her eyes well with tears of emotion when she announces this to her audience, especially after telling them that she’s read the script and the story is;
“hilarious, warm and everything that you want it to be.”
Story continues after the video
And it will be hilarious, warm and everything that you want it to be. It will be a story that shows that you need to find your true self, even if it means that some people (or fish) cannot accept the fact that you are who you are, and you are what you are.
And then, in Finding Caitlyn, everyone’s favourite Regal Blue Tang fish will be returning to help her, clasper-free, pectoral finned transgender friend out. It all makes sense…
I’ll leave the final words to the wonderful Ellen DeGeneres. She’s right you know?