'Finding Dory' release date: Sequel swimming into our hearts June 2016

(Screengrab from TheEllenShow via Youtube)Ellen Degeneres who will voice the lead for "Finding Dory" officially announces the "Nemo" sequel on her show, April 2, 2013.

It will be a year of sequels and follow-ups, but there's one follow-up movie that kids of all ages have waited 13 years to see: "Finding Dory."

Finding Nemo was a runaway success in 2003, winning an Oscar and grossing $380,843,261 since its release. Finding Nemo chronicled the adventures of Marlin, a clown fish on a journey to find his son, Nemo. Along the way, he meets Dory, an adorable Blue Tang stricken with short term memory loss. It's interesting to note that Dory, supposedly a mere supporting character, has more "likes" than any other Pixar or Disney character on her Facebook Page. And this tidbit might be an indicator of the potential success of the upcoming sequel.

IMDB states the plot of Finding Dory as the story of Dory on a quest to reunite with her family. Unlike Finding Nemo, which was set on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Finding Dory will start off at a Marine Biology Institute in California.

Ellen DeGeneres reprises her role as Dory, promising to see her lend that electric, albeit silly, charisma that audiences know and love. Dory in Finding Nemo had a facepalm-inducing charm, and Ellen DeGeneres lent the Blue Tang that delightful character that kids of all ages have grown familiar with.

Of the original cast of Finding Nemo, only a few characters return to the big screen. Ellen DeGeneres is cast as Dory. The other cast members who will return to reprise their roles include Albert Brooks as Marlin, Vicki Lewis as Deb/Flo, and Willem Dafoe as Gill. Jerome Ranft replaced his brother, the late Joe Ranft, as Jacques.

Joe Ranft passed away in a car crash in 2005. He was best known for his work on the animated films The Lion King, Toy Story, Cars, as well as Finding Nemo. Alexander Gould as Nemo will not be in Finding Dory, but Diane Keaton will be in the film as a new character, "Jenny."

Kids over the world are waiting with bated breath for Dory's story.

Finding Dory will be shown in IMAX 3D upon its release, set on June 17, 2016.