- 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.
- Confirmed. Dory mishears a fish in the touch exhibit and thinks he's saying "Hans" instead of "hands".
- Confirmed. The main goal of the film is to reunite Dory with her parents, and Dory's childhood is shown through flashbacks.
- 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.
- Jossed. The pipes leading to the ocean are not for casual travel.
- Jossed. They remain Platonic Life-Partners throughout the film.
- Jossed. No mention of her was given anywhere.
- Her name was Talia, not Leah.
- It's more likely that Destiny taught Dory how to speak whale.
- Jossed. She learned it by speaking to Destiny through the pipe system.
- Mostly Jossed, but Confirmed in that they do get an appearance in The Stinger.
- 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.
- Confirmed that the amnesia is a source of angst, but Jossed in that she's always been that way.
- Jossed, new trailers show Nemo is along for the ride.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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'.
- Because Pixar is currently going through a Dork Age of otherwise decidedly poor sequels, as well as a few bad original films, it simply wasn't the right time for the film to be made; as it is, it's sadly seems to have become Deader Than Disco already. However, it's only a matter of time before it becomes a Vindicated by History and a favorite among fans like it deserves to. Hopefully, if a third film is made, Pixar will have gotten back on track.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.