Disney unveiled it's highly-anticipated animated summer movie Finding Dory at a screening and lavish dinner reception in Beverly Hills among predictions that it could bring in a massive $115 million on its opening weekend.
But tropical fish lovers are not happy. They fear that Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo, could lead to a run on blue tang fish in pet stores and endanger the fish in the wild.
of Finding Nemo led to a huge demand for orange clown fish
at pet stores. In fact, some kids even flushed their Nemos down the
toilet to set them free---as depicted in the movie.
In the same vein, but back in 1961, many doting but stupid parents succumbed to their children's demands for Dalmatian puppies because of the movie 101 Dalmatians, leading to hundreds of puppies being abandoned when they grew older and the kids became bored with them.
In the new film, Dory is a blue tang
but unlike orange clown fish, blue tangs cannot be bred in captivity,
and the movie could actually endanger the population of blue tangs in
An online petition with more than 100,000 signatures
asks Disney to run a warning before "Finding Dory", urging people not to
buy blue tangs as pets.
In Finding Nemo, Dory helped anxious clown fish Marlin (Albert Brooks) find his son Nemo after a school field trip goes awry. Marlin reappears in Finding Dory and helps the forgetful Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) on her quest to be reunited with her mother (Diane Keaton) and father
Finding Dory hits theaters in 3D on June 17,