Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Angus MacLane at his feature debut.
The film has grossed over $897 million worldwide. The film set numerous records, including the biggest animated opening of all time in North America and has become the biggest Pixar film release in China.
Reoccurring characters have reprised voices of Ellen DeGeneres as Dory and Albert Brooks as Marlin, as well as the new voices of Hayden Rolence (replacing Alexander Gould) as Nemo, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, and Eugene Levy. Finding Dory focuses this time on Marlin’s friend Dory who helps him in his journey to find Nemo. After rescuing Nemo, Dory has a realisation that she too once had a family.
Sadly Dory is an amnesiac fish who forgets her short term and even her long term memory almost instantly. Upon hearing about the undertoe current her memory is jogged how her parents warned her to stay away but somehow because of this they were separated and she remembers the name of her home. She sets forth on her journey to the California public aquarium with hesitant Marlin and ever helpful Nemo.
Upon arrival, they are forced to flee a token enemy aka predatory giant squid that nearly devours Nemo. I believe this was inserted for graphical value rather than story. Marlin tends to his son afterwards and is sour toward Dory for getting them into the mess. Feeling hurt, Dory travels to the surface to seek help and is rescued by staff from the nearby Marine Life Institute after being caught in six pack rings.
Now separated from Marlin and Nemo, Dory seeks helps from a grouchy seven-legged octopus named Hank. Dory’s tag shows that she will be sent to a permanent aquarium in Cleveland, Hank helps her in exchange for the tag. Dory travels to and fro from exhibits to find her home and encounters childhood friends.
Despite having a few cameos of the Turtles and lots of new characters, you feel emotionally invested purely because Dory is. As quick as she trusts the other sealife, so do you. Some of my favourite moments were with the comic duo sea lions named Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West) and Gerald the sea lion with the pale banned from sitting on the rock.
I think the movie surpasses the expectation of sequels and within its own right is an entertaining film. Great slapstick moments intertwined with smart thinking. The soundtrack was unique and featured a few big hits poignantly placed like “What a Wonderful World” used during the scene in which fish are released into the ocean as the truck Dory and Hank are driving crashes into the water.
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