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It'll be about Dory trying to figure out who she is and restore her memory.
So, the title does still fit in that finding her is the plot of the film, just not physically like in Finding Nemo.
  • It appears the movie will confront the issue surrounding Dory's family, so it looks confirmed.
  • More or less confirmed. While Dory's always had her memory issues, the plot kicks off because she finally remembers her parents, and the main goal is to track them down.

There will be a transgender stingray in the movie
  • Jossed.

Hans will have a cameo in the movie or will be mentioned.
  • Confirmed. Dory mishears a fish in the touch exhibit and thinks he's saying "Hans" instead of "hands".

We'll actually MEET members of Dory's family.
Well, why not?
  • Confirmed. The main goal of the film is to reunite Dory with her parents, and Dory's childhood is shown through flashbacks.

Dory will end up in the Arctic.
Considering the kelp forest, the presence of a beluga whale character, and the fact that Pixar execs changed the ending after viewing a documentary on orcas in captivity...
  • Jossed.

Dory's memory problems don't actually run in her family.
We'll be shown where they actually come from.
  • Supported by the trailer, which seems to imply that Dory might have actually suppressed some of her memories.
  • Confirmed. Her parents (and others of her kind) are normal.

Dory's memory problems do run in her family.
Since Dory's parents don't have short-term memory loss, it seems reasonable to assume that Dory was mistaken about it running in her family. But that's not necessarily the case. It could be that one or more of her grandparents had it. If one (or, God forbid, both) of Jenny's parents had it, that could've been very hard for her growing up, which would do even more to explain why she's so concerned for Dory's future. It could also be where she and Charlie learned all the techniques they use to help Dory remember things.

Some of the characters will end up in an open ocean sanctuary.
Until the filmmakers saw Blackfish, the movie was going to end with some of the characters going to a Seaworld-type theme park, but the ending is being altered. Perhaps they're going to end up in more of an ocean animal sanctuary where they're fed and people come to see them, but they can come and go as they please.
  • Jossed. The pipes leading to the ocean are not for casual travel.

Marlin and Dory will become an Official Couple.

A tribute to Leah, a Littlest Cancer Patient that Ellen met on her show, will be worked into the film
For those who don't know, Ellen asked Leah how she keeps positive during her treatment, and she replied that a little fish told her to "just keep swimming". After Leah died that phrase was constantly brought up on Twitter, with someone even suggesting that an In Memoriam credit be put in the film because she knew how to "keep swimming". Either that or a minor character will be based on her.
  • Jossed. No mention of her was given anywhere.
  • Her name was Talia, not Leah.

Dory's family can speak whale. Like for real.
And it was her parents who taught Destiny and Baily, two announced characters that are different whale species, to speak to fish like them. Dory thinking she could talk to the whale was residual thoughts about her parents ability and them possibly teaching Destiny when they first met.
  • It's more likely that Destiny taught Dory how to speak whale.
  • Jossed. She learned it by speaking to Destiny through the pipe system.

The Tank Gang will be the comic relief this time around.
Considering that they are absent from the trailers and promotional images for the film, it is possible they might appear only in a post-credits scene. But hey, I could be wrong.
  • Mostly Jossed, but Confirmed in that they do get an appearance in The Stinger.

Nemo will hear about other cases of humans taking more exotic fish as pets.
And he will not be happy in the slightest. It'll be a veiled, Take That! at the people who began buying their kids exotic fish and doing more harm to their habitats after they saw the movie back in the day. There may even be a scene of Pixar employees telling the parents to not buy their kids regal blue tangs, clownfish, or any of the new fish presented in the film, because that would defeat the purpose of the message and even plot of the films and that they should know better.
  • Of course, there's the other side where captivity is the only place left for the animal's continued survival. Hence why many zoos and aquariums have breeding programs. Also habitat loss is a serious problem.
    • It seems likely that Dory was bred in captivity and released into the wild as some kind of conservation program, so there's a good chance the movie will address this. Plus one character, Bailey, seems to be there as a rescue case. Also, after the filmmakers watched Blackfish, they made changed the ending from one where a character ends up in total captivity, to one where they have the option to leave. It seems likely the film won't paint marine life captivity in a totally negative light.
  • Jossed, no mention is made of exotic fish as pets at all.

Nemo will rap.
But the other characters will dislike Nemo's rapping and tell him he isn't suited for it. Thus preventing Hayden Rolence from wanting to be a rapper as a teen despite being in a society that seems to encourage people who shouldn't rap to rap.

Dory's amnesia is going to be a source of angst
In the story, we'll learn that Dory's memory problems are the result of a traumatic accident. Suddenly, her forgetfulness stops being funny. After meeting her family, Dory's going to suffer a Heroic BSoD over the fact that once she leaves, she'll end up forgetting them. These will lead her into a very painful choice. Stay with Marlin, forget her family, or stay with her family, and forget Marlin. The solution would either be an Ass Pull that fixes her memory problems. Or possibly something beautiful, like a photo or a letter, that ensures she won't ever forget who she leaves behind.
  • Confirmed that the amnesia is a source of angst, but Jossed in that she's always been that way.

Nemo won't come along for the adventure
In the trailer only Marlin can be seen with the turtles, Nemo is nowhere to be found. Even though Marlin stopped being so overprotective he might still have some issues about his son venturing that far from home's safety.
  • Jossed, new trailers show Nemo is along for the ride.

Dory was released into the wild as part of a breeding program.
It would explain how she knows how to read human language and how generally inept she is in a natural environment. She was released in her ancestral home to replenish the Blue Tang population but she wasn't really "educated" in how to survive like a wild animal (the people who released her probably assumed that instincts would take over from there).
  • She does seem to have survived in the ocean just fine. While she has memory problems, she's not really inept. Though it doesn't disprove the theory, it is the most reasonable explanation as to how a fish bred in California ended up in her natural home waters of Australia.
  • Jossed, being released into the wild was an accident.

There will be an anglerfish hypnotist.
At one point, maybe Dory will need to see a hypnotist for one reason or another, maybe for a memory jog. Having the hypnotist be an anglerfish would make sense, taking the Alluring Anglerfish from the last movie into account.
  • Adding to this, it'll be a shallow water anglerfish (the kinds with food lures instead of glowy lures), to differentiate her from the deep-sea anglerfish that tried to kill Marlin and Dory. Bonus points if she's also living in the aquarium.
  • Jossed

Before the film starts, there will be a PSA telling audiences not to buy fish on impulse.
When the first movie was released, there was a spike in demand for tropical aquarium fish. This not only harmed wild populations, but many of the fish purchased died quickly due to improper care. This time around, Pixar may directly tell audiences that saltwater fish require a lot of care, and they should instead go to an aquarium or the ocean to see them.
  • Jossed.

Dory will have to make a decision between her friends and her family.
Dory's goal is to find her family, but after she does, she will have to make a decision as to whether to stay with her family at the Institute, or return to the Reef with Marlin and Nemo.

Or, there just might be a third option that allows for her to switch between the two every so often. (The third option could also be either Dory's family moving to the reef with Marlin and Nemo, or Marlin and Nemo moving to the Institute with Dory.)

  • Marlin and Nemo discuss the likelihood of this partway through the film, but it's ultimately Jossed. Dory's parents had gotten released from the Institute shortly after Dory's disappearance, so they were able to join the others at the reef once reunited with their daughter.

Marlin and Nemo will find Dory's parents first.
However, Dory will somehow get separated from them, but they are eventually reunited with the help of Hank, Bailey and Destiny.
  • Jossed

Hank will be the villain of this film.
From the preview clip Pixar had shown to us before the film's release involving him and the trailer released around the same time, Hank calls Dory an insulting name and makes fun of her being in quarantine, notices that she's not willing to survive the environment she will be put in and tells her that her talking is annoying. He also speaks in a deep and gruff voice, and in some of the TV ads and in the Little Golden Book based off the film, he is holding a weapon that looks like a stick.
  • I'm not the only one who thinks this?!?
  • Jossed. Despite his grumpy personality, he plays a major role in helping Dory, as well as the other animals who were being sent to Cleveland, in the film.
Hank was born with seven tentacles.
He feels great shame towards his deformity, so he tells others he lost it in a Noodle Incident . This would explain why it has not regenerated.
  • That might explain why he was in the aquarium in the first place, as well as his hatred towards the ocean.
  • Not to mention it fits the theme of handicapped characters in the films, such as Dory's short term memory loss, Nemo's injured fin, Destiny's nearsightedness, and Bailey's supposed lack of echolocation which turns out to actually be made up.

The two women (you know the ones)...
They aren't lesbians, probably close friends.

Despite being referred to as "the two women with the baby," they, themselves, are never seen with one. They're only referred to it because, in the trailer, they're seen putting a sippy cup into a baby carriage. In the move proper, that sippy cup contains Dory and she and Hank stole the carriage, and one of the women puts her back because she assumes a baby knocked it over... and when they see Hank inside posing as the baby, one grabs the other's arm and they bolt, clearly freaked out.

However, they aren't not lesbians because they don't have a baby, so much as they don't have...well, anything. Those two are in the film for two (extremely short, less than three seconds) shots and only as an extremely brief obstacle Dory and Hank face. However fans might interpret them to be (as they've been encouraged to do), it's safe to assume the filmmakers didn't put enough thought into those extras' personalities or even their names for them to care about whether or not they were lesbians.

  • That doesn’t make them ‘not lesbians’, it just means their relationship is never technically confirmed. Likely because that brief scene was as far as Disney is willing to go in portraying them. (Why are some people so desperate to deny the existence of lgbt characters in anything?)

Hank was his own worst enemy.
So Hank's main objective is to be sent to Cleveland and not released back into the ocean. It's also implied he's escaped before from wherever he's supposed to be. But wouldn't his escaping kind of prove to the humans that he's well enough to be released? In fact, they may have interpreted his escape attempts to be him trying to get back to the ocean.

The third film (if there is one) will be titled Finding Tank Gang.
And a very real Flo will be a major character.

And Marlin will save the day, like how in the first film, Nemo saved the day with his swimming down technique he learned from Gill, and in the second one, Dory saved the day using her memory. Except in this one, Marlin's name isn't in the title like Nemo and Dory's were. This way, all of the main three will have had a save the day moment.

  • I highly doubt that and hope not. Marlin was already been the focus in the first, and I don't see a film where the least popular of the main trio saves the day working as well. At least, it's not what I would choose and not what I would like. If we're getting another film about him, we need another one about Dory, too.

The tank gang aren't in the same bags from the original film, but somehow ended up re-bagged before their appearance in the stinger.
Thus explaining how the hell they're still alive.

Destiny is fed fish because of her nearsightedness.
In the wild, whale sharks feed on krill and other plankton, but because Destiny can't see well enough to differentiate clouds of plankton from anything else, the staff of the Marine Life Institute feed her dead fish, which are bigger and easier to see.
  • Except whale sharks in the wild probably locate plankton by smell, sound, and/or movement, not by sight. Their eyes can't even point forward to look at what they're eating. Destiny may have been fed fish because the alternative - ladling krill into her mouth by the bucket-load, the way the Georgia Aquarium feeds theirs - would've accustomed her to hand-feeding so much that she wouldn't have been releasable.

Destiny learned to speak whale from a former neighbor.
Bailey is implied to have arrived at the Institute after Dory's time there, but he might not have been the first cetacean at the Institute. Destiny is a whale shark (a fish, not a mammal), but due to being called a "whale" shark she identified with whales and learned to speak like them from a previous neighbor. Then she taught it to Dory.
  • In addition, Bailey can speak fish because of the fact that he's a beluga; the beluga has some of the most complex vocal abilities of any whale and so he is able to be multilingual.

Dory's short-term memory is a result of her parents' capture.
Blue tangs can't breed in captivity, so Dory's mother Jenny must have been pregnant at the time she and Charlie were captured and put into the Institute. Tropical fish collectors sometimes illegally douse fish with cyanide to make them easier to capture. Because of cyanide poisoning, all but one of Jenny's eggs died, and the surviving one suffered from short-term memory loss.

Hank didn't lose one of his tentacles in some mysterious and traumatic event...
...He lost it when he turned on the garbage disposal. After all, he did say he'd "already lost one tentacle for you."

Hank's missing tentacle was ripped off.
Which is why he doesn't like being touched.

Hank was kept in the touch pool area.
Which is why he really doesn't like being touched.

Dory's friends were genetically modified by the Institute
The researchers have been experimenting with gene manipulation in an attempt to make the species more adaptable to other habitats. These particular animals developed major, seemingly unrelated side effects, which explains their weird traits:

Destiny- Variety of diet expanded to include large fish, but suffered serious vision loss.

Bailey- Ability to thrive in radically different climates (Arctic Circle vs Australia), but experienced negative effects to echolocation. He's shown using it later in the film, but the loss may have only been temporary.

Hank- Can survive and easily maneuver on dry land for extended periods of time, but is unable to regrow missing limbs.

Dory's memory loss is a temporary side-effect of an anxiety disorder.
It explains why when she calms down, or is with someone she cares about (such as Marlin), she can suddenly remember. They destress her, and she's able to think again.
  • Doubtful. In almost all the Baby Dory flashbacks, she was both calm and in the company of people she loves, and she still could barely remember anything even with help.
  • It's probably based on her ability to use mnemonics. Baby Dory didn't have the training to create mnemonics on a whim as her adult self does, and when she's stressed she loses the capability. She has to actively repeat information in order to retain it, and if she can't focus for whatever reason, she can't remember.
    • Note that whenever she forgets something during a conversation, it's because she was distracted in some way. It's like trying to hold water; once you have it, it's somewhat easy to keep it, but drop it for a second and there's little way to get it back.

All Pipe Pals learn to speak whale.
Whale song carries really well across the ocean, and, one would assume, through pipes. It's the preferred language between pipe pals of any species.

Hank's lack of backstory is in case Pixar needs to make a third film.
He has some rather unique traits and, when we first see him, is the only character in any of the two movies who wants to be in human captivity. Between that, his surly attitude, his touch phobia, his missing tentacle, and his skill as an escape artist, that could make a whole movie.

An employee at the Marine Life Institute is biologically related to Darla
Why else would there be a photo of Darla in the office of the quarantine room?

The Tank Gang hadn't actually been traveling the entire year between movies.
Nothing in the Finding Nemo stinger rules out the possibility that they weren't able to break the filter (or they couldn't figure out how—it was rather complex and sealed after all—but later got lucky with it malfunctioning) until possibly months later. It's possible that they had only been traveling for a couple weeks at most, which would make their survival more believable.

The MLI's motives are less than pure.
The MLI has no intention of releasing most of their animals. Or possibly any. As soon as Dory was caught, she was tagged to go to Cleveland with the rest of the blue tangs, even though nothing was wrong with her. Even if the humans could tell she had memory problems, given that she was tagged the second she arrived, no such testing could've possibly been done. She was tagged simply because she was another pretty blue tang.

Nothing seems to be wrong with the majority of the animals at the MLI either. Nothing seemed to be wrong with Dory's parents or any of the other blue tangs. Or any of the fish in that tank. And some exhibits are obviously just for recreation, such as the touch pool. There was even a live clam in a tank. What could possibly be wrong with the clam that it couldn't be released?! The only animals that had anything wrong with them were Bailey and Destiny.

The only animal there was even remotely evidence for possible release was Hank. And there's two things wrong with that. First being that we only have his word to go on that he was being released. He could've been mistaken. Second is that assuming he was being released, it could've been because he has a tendency to break out of his enclosure (getting Dory wasn't the first time since the workers comment that he got out "again").

In short, the MLI was basically just an aquarium.

  • The sea lions Fluke and Rudder were both released from the institute
  • That may be true, but how is that 'less than pure'? Most of the fish we see seem perfectly happy to be living there, and for some living in captivity may be the only way they can live. Take Destiny, for example. Without Bailey's help she'd struggle to survive in the open ocean, and the MLI had no way of knowing that fish could form friendships and help each other like that, so to them, it appeared that they were giving her the only possible life she could have. We also see the MLI saving ill and injured fish, like how they removed the plastic from Dory and helped the Tank Gang out of their bags. Keeping some fish on display and charging people to see them may just be their way of funding the work they are doing rescuing fish. They also seem to place an emphasis on education, which is useful as it helps prevent cases like Darla in the first film, where people accidentally injure or kill their pet fish. The only questionable thing I can see is the Touch Pool, as most of the creatures there seemed to live in constant fear of the 'hands'.

The very possible third film will take place somewhere much colder.

  • The idea of an arctic setting (as mentioned above) could be very interesting and a nice way to switch things up after having Australia and California as the settings.

The protagonist of the third film will be either Gill or Hank.

  • So we've had a movie about Marlin and Nemo, and a movie about Dory, so the main three have all had their time in the spotlight. So who should be the protagonist next? Hank would be the obvious choice, as there's obviously some history about him that has yet to be explored, and it would allow Dory to still get more screentime as she could be paired with him for the story. The other good choice would be Gill, since the Tank Gang were not only mostly left out of the second film, but were given a scene at the end that if anything, is a Sequel Hook for a movie about them.

The third film will be released in 2023, to mark the 20th anniversary of the first.
  • Probably not. Given how long it took to animate Hank's scenes, the probability that he'd appear in the sequel (possibly as a main character) and thus need to be animated again, and the need for the third movie to be even more advanced, it's unlikely that it'll be made within 5 years. I'm personally betting on 2028, as the 25th anniversary.


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