In the animal kingdom, is it better to be a fish or a dog? Ellen DeGeneres played the
irritably memorably cheerful, memory-deficient Dory in Pixar's Finding Nemo -- "When life gets you down do you wanna know what you've gotta do? ... Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim."
For her first feature film since Nemo, Ellen will be playing a dog (?!). She will take center stage as the lead voice in Dog Show, an animation pitch that has been picked up by Warner Brothers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Details are scarce. THR says "the story centers on a stray dog and her misfit friends who shake up the famed and pure-bred world of a Westminster-like dog show." Hmm, kinda like an animated version of Christopher Guest's Best in Show, but from the point of view of the dogs?
DeGeneres' talk show is, evidently, still a potent force in the daytime TV arena, and I imagine she could use it to plug Dog Show like there's no tomorrow, though who knows when the movie will eventually come out. First time around, her character in Finding Nemo got on my nerves, but eventually my view of her character was softened to the point where I (almost) found Dory endearing.
Ellen certainly has a distinctive voice, and I could totally see her playing a stray dog who gets into mischief. Would you pay to see her in an animated Dog Show?