Dory might not remember this adventure, but WE certainly will.
Finding Dory is Disney Pixar's 2016 sequel to the highly successful Finding Nemo. It features Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks reprising their respective voice roles as Dory and Marlin. It also features Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, and Diane Keaton as new voices.
Finding Dory takes place one year after the events of Finding Nemo. Dory has remained good friends with Marlin and his son Nemo, even though she continues to suffer from her short-term memory loss. One day, after having a flashback, Dory remembers that she has a family. With Marlin and Nemo by her side, Dory sets out to find her parents, but ends up getting captured and being put into a public aquarium.
Okay, so that premise sounds a lot like Finding Nemo, where Nemo gets caught and put into an aquarium (not public though), and Marlin and Dory go out and look for him. Did Pixar want to make the exact same movie again, but have Nemo and Dory switch places? Well, whether you want to think of it that way or not, any glaring similarities to Finding Nemo should be seen as water under the bridge. Finding Dory is a well made sequel that should be the most recent indication that Pixar has still got it, and that they'll be on top of the animation world for quite some time.
Everything you hoped to get from this movie is present: humor, drama, excitement, and enjoyable characters. We also get a fresh whiff of nostalgia seeing Dory, Marlin, and Nemo all back together.
- The new characters. Notable newcomers are Destiny, a near-sighted whale shark, Bailey, a beluga whale, and Hank, a red octopus. These three new faces plus several other new, albeit minor, characters bring fresh energy to the film. They all get humorous and dramatic moments, and help us get more behind Dory and what she goes through in the film.
- The nostalgia. Dory, Marlin, and Nemo are all back for another adventure, but we also get a second appearance from the likes of Mr. Ray, the stingray schoolteacher, and Crush, the sea turtle. Their appearances are rather brief, but give us a fresh reminder of why we loved Finding Nemo and quoted it so much.
- Dory's short-term memory loss is too heavily exploited in the early parts of the film. Sometimes it comes off as humorous, and it is used for more sentimental purposes later on, but nearly every joke or comedic moment that comes early somehow pokes fun at Dory's temporary amnesia. It gets driven into the ground rather quickly.
Finding Dory, overall, is a well-rounded sequel to Finding Nemo, delivering the laughs and emotions we've come to expect from Pixar for many years now. People of all ages will find something to enjoy, especially those who got a big kick out of Finding Nemo.
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