Ellen DeGeneres Reveals All About Nemo Sequel Finding Dory: 'It Means a Lot to Me'

Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced the beloved blue tang with short-term memory loss in Pixar’s 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo, has been on a tireless campaign for the studio to make a sequel ever since.

On Friday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Disney Creative Chief Officer John Lasseter made a point of showing a reel of compiled clips of DeGeneres’s constant pleas. He then joked that he relented and gave in to the pressure. “OK, OK, OK,” he said. “We are in production on Finding Dory.”

Just in Time for Shark Week, We've Ranked Every Pop-Culture Shark

Sunday was the beginning of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, an annual celebration of the awesome might of these elegant creatures of the sea.

But while Shark Week focuses largely on real sharks (well, real-ish) we wanted to commemorate the sharks that we enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year – the friendly and fearsome sharks that fill up our popular culture. Which pop-culture shark is best? And, just as crucially, which pop-culture shark is worst?

NEWS BRIEFS: 'King' Tops DGA Honors

AWARDED: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and director Peter Jackson took one step closer to Oscar glory Saturday night by winning the Directors Guild of America’s top honor. In the 56 years the award has been handed out, the winner of the DGA prize has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Director all but six times, the Associated Press reports. Jackson was previously nominated for the first two “Rings” films, but lost out to Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) in 2002 and Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) last year.

'Nemo' Orphaned Again: Studios Split

In one of the biggest Hollywood divorces ever, computer-animator Pixar – the company behind blockbusters such as “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters Inc.” and the “Toy Story” movies – is calling it quits on its partnership deal with the Walt Disney Company, after months of talks failed to yield a contract.

“After 10 months of trying to strike a deal with Disney, we’re moving on,” Pixar chief executive Steve Jobs said in a statement.