Meet the colourful new characters of Finding Dory
THERE'S a colourful cast of weird and wonderful friends joining Pixar's Finding Nemo family.
The sequel Finding Dory, opening this week, centres on forgetful blue tang Dory's quest to find the parents she's only just starting to remember.
Just like in Finding Nemo 13 years ago, Dory and her clownfish friends Marlin and Nemo will meet new marine animals who have their own special, and sometimes odd, personalities.
Meet the new gang of Finding Dory:
Hank the Octopus
Modern Family's Ed O'Neill voices the cantankerous octopus Hank, whom Dory meets in quarantine at a marine institute's fish hospital.
Preferring the safety of captivity to the wild open ocean, Hank shows Dory the ropes in the strange human world.
Unlike his fishy friends, Hank can survive out of water for a period time (despite having only seven tentacles) and his movements become essential to Dory's quest to find her parents. He is an escape artist with amazing camouflage abilities, just what you need in a partner in crime.
It takes him a while to warm to Dory but once he does he's an invaluable friend.
Bailey the Beluga Whale
O'Neill's Modern Family co-star Ty Burrell voices Bailey, a Beluga Whale who lives in the tank next to Destiny the Whale Shark.
Poor Bailey convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz but doctors can't find anything wrong with him.
Belugas are known for their echolocation skills that are described at the institute as "The World's Most Powerful Pair of Eye Glasses".
Bailey's flair for the dramatic never ceases to push his neighbor's buttons. Destiny can't seem to get through to him, no matter how hard she tries.
This is not the first animated role for Burrell, who voiced Mr Peabody in the movie Peabody & Sherman.
Destiny the Whale Shark
A star attraction of the Marine Life Institute, Destiny suffers from poor eyesight.
Her nearsightedness causes her to run into the walls of her tank, despite Bailey's best efforts to warn her, and her clumsiness is a source of embarrassment for the big-hearted fish.
Destiny gets along well with Dory, thanks to Dory's ability to speak whale, and shows Dory how to use the institute's network of pipes to communicate.
She is voiced by It's Always sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson.
Sea Lions Rudder and Fluke
The Wire co-stars Dominic West and Idris Elba reunite to voice lounging sea lions Fluke and Rudder.
The lazy sea lions want nothing more than to spend all day sunning themselves on the rock that sits in the middle of the shallows outside the walls of the marine institute.
The only thing that seems to get them moving is when third wheel Gerald tries to join them and they send him off in a flurry of barks.
They are the first port of call for clownfish Marlin and Nemo after Dory is taken by well-meaning staff to be treated at the fish hospital.
Rudder and Fluke introduce Marlin and Nemo to Becky, a feathered friend who might be able to help them travel over land.
The offbeat, kooky loon, who takes a liking to Marlin, is named after the film's production manager Becky Neiman-Cobb.
Marlin must learn the very particular way to communicate with Becky, who gets easily distracted by things like discarded popcorn.
While Marlin is wary of trusting Becky, his son Nemo is more open to working with her.
Blue tangs Jenny and Charlie are introduced via flashbacks to Dory's childhood.
They are seen to be loving and patient parents who do their best to arm their forgetful daughter with the skills she'll need to navigate the world.
Voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, Charlie and Jenny would do anything for their only child and spend their days celebrating and protecting her.
Jenny may appear cheerful and a little flighty, but she's a protective mother and a smart role model.
Charlie likes to joke around, but nothing is more important to him than teaching his memory-challenged daughter how to survive.
Finding Dory opens nationally today.