It's been a long time coming, but Disney Pixar has finally announced a sequel to its much-beloved 2003 hit "Finding Nemo." The new animated film, expected to flood theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, is titled "Finding Dory" and will follow the "friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish" as she seeks to be reunited with her family. 

"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced Dory in "Nemo," said in a release. "I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating 'Toy Story 16.' But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it's got a lot more Dory."

According to director Andrew Stanton, "Finding Dory" will take place 12 months after the first film and be set in part along the California coastline.

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“She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world — not to mention our team here at Pixar," Stanton said. "One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way."

Watch DeGeneres make the humorous announcement for "Finding Dory" below. 

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Pixar's 'Nemo' sequel 'Finding Dory' to swim in 2015
Ellen DeGeneres, returning to voice the slightly-amnesic blue fish Dory, says the new film has everything she loved about the original.