The wise-cracking, humorous and neurotic characters of the Tank Gang from Finding Nemo almost found themselves with a larger role in Finding Dory. In an exclusive clip from Entertainment Weekly, director Andrew Stanton explains that a sub-plot featuring the fearless group stayed in the film for 2 and a half years but was ultimately cut as the team felt it drew away from Dory’s story.
As showcased in the animatic (animated storyboard sequence) the Tank Gang act as if they are staring in their own ‘Mission Impossible’ film, with the team using their ingenuity in redirecting a large ship to the California coast helping Marlin and Nemo get to the Marine Life Institute.
The sequence was created by artists Nate Stanton, Matt Jones, and Max Brace and will only be available on the digital release (October 25) of Finding Dory — the Blu-ray release date is November 15.
While the deleted Tank Gang sequence was humorous, we agree with the decision to cut the scene as we could see ourselves getting distracted with their antics instead of investing in Dory’s story. What do you think? Do you feel like the sequence should have stayed? Share your thoughts in the comments below or with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum.