Everyone’s favorite forgetful fish swam home to Morro Bay on Friday.
“You know she’s from here, right?” one woman asked her friend as they waited in line outside the theater.
“I’m a Disney fanatic, so if anything Disney comes out I have to support it all the way,” said Morro Bay resident Kahonuai Boro. “I’m just mostly excited that now I have a Disney connection somehow, being a resident of ‘the jewel of Morro Bay, California.’ ”
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Thought originally to be from Monterey Bay because the film’s animators spent time at that city’s aquarium researching aquatic life, Dory was revealed to be from Morro Bay in a one-minute preview clip in April.
“To the gym of the ... the Baltic?” the forgetful blue tang fish stammers in the trailer when asked where her family is.
“The jewel of Morro Bay, California!” exclaims Nemo (the mini clownfish that starred in the new film’s predecessor, “Finding Nemo”).
On Friday, 5-year-old Carla Broda of Columbus, Georgia, was excitedly wiggling in her parents’ arms as they waited in front of the Morro Bay theater, pointing to the movie posters in front of the building and chatting away.
“Because it is coming out live today!” Carla said, when asked why she was excited to see the movie.
Dory was her favorite character in “Finding Nemo,” she said, especially because of her iconic attempts to “speak whale.”
Carla then proceeded to mimic the scene, causing her parents to shake their heads and laugh.
Carla’s mother, Tiffany Broda, said the family was visiting her parents in Morro Bay and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the movie in the main character’s hometown.
“That’s why we were so excited to see it here,” she said.
“Finding Dory” opened for previews at some theaters on Thursday, though Friday was the first showing in Morro Bay. The Associated Press reported the film took in $9.2 million in Thursday previews, a record for an animated film.