Finding Dory Video Introduces Us to Hank, Pixar’s Oldest Character

Finding Dory video introduces us to Hank, Pixar’s oldest character

On this fine first day of April, Disney•Pixar has released a new Finding Dory video that makes a startling revelation about their “newest” octopus character Hank. Apparently, Hank has been Pixar’s most recurring Easter Egg in all their movies since the first Toy Story! Don’t believe us? Check out the video below featuring Ed O’Neill and director Andrew Stanton! 

“Every Pixar fan knows that we love Easter Eggs,” said Stanton, who also directed the 2003 Oscar-winning film Finding Nemo. “And until now, Hank has been our most closely guarded secret. There are even people internally at Pixar who don’t know about this.”

Returning Finding Nemo characters include Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Marlin (Albert Brooks), Nemo (Hayden Rolence), Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson), Crush (Andrew Stanton) and Squirt. New characters include an Octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), a whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a beluga named Bailey (Ty Burrell), a pair of sea lions, Rudder (Dominic West) and Fluke (Idris Elba), and Dory’s parents, Charlie (Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Diane Keaton).

Finding Dory picks up six months after the first movie, with Dory living a quiet life among the clown fishes. After going with Nemo on a class trip to see manta rays migrate back home, her home sickness leads the forgetful Dory on a quest to find where she came from.

“The movie will be mostly set at the California Marine Biology Institute, a huge complex of sea life rehabilitation and aquarium, where Dory was born and raised,” Pixar President Jim Morris stated previously. “We will get to meet new characters, like an octopus, sea lions, a beluga whale, among others.”

Findng Nemo helmer Andrew Stanton (John Carter) returns to the director’s chair for the animated film, which hits theaters on June 17.

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