Why It's So Special: In eleven films, Pixar has created some of modern movies' most immortal characters - but surely none as irresistible as the kooky regal tang with attention-deficit issues. And that's largely due to Ellen DeGeneres.
She was cast after Stanton saw her on a talk show galloping from subject to subject, rattling off ideas without ever settling on a single, coherent point. As Dory, DeGeneres simply ramps up that side of her persona with exquisite comic timings and daft improv, namely the whalespeak scene.
What's truly remarkable is how DeGeneres - then at her lowest ebb, critically and commercially - became Dory in the popular consciousness, as even middle America embraced the one-time gay-rights pariah as a national institution.
No-one else has proved the power of Pixar in quite the same way.
DeGeneres speaks: "I like clever, silly stuff. They created the fish, and I just read the lines. They gave me the freedom to do it the way I wanted to, and I've jumped in and out of it for three years."