Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Angus MacLane, the screenplay was written by Stanton and Victoria Strouse. The film is a sequel/spinoff to 2003's Finding Nemo and features the returning voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, with Hayden Rolence (replacing Alexander Gould), Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy joining the cast.
Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.
Why It Rocks
- The movie looks into the origins of Dory, and how she got separated from her family.
- Just like the first film, it feels like a grand adventure as the movie plays out.
- The animation is a major upgrade from the first film, with more expression on the sea creatures, and Hank's expressive and creative animation.
- The new characters are likable and memorable.
- It teaches that disabilities don't define you, which is a very positive message for people who have disabilities.
- Funny humor.
- We get to see our favorite characters back on the big screen, and they are as likable as they were before. Dory is also a more developed character as the movie focuses on her, rather than a comic relief who tags along with Marlin.
- Some really heartwarming and emotional moments, such as Dory reuniting with her long lost parents.
- Baby Dory is very cute.
- There is a post-credits scene with the Tank Gang from the previous film, still stuck in their plastic bags.
- Hank can be a bit of a jerk sometimes.
- While the film was great, the sequel feels kind of pointless/unnecessary, mainly because of the emotional and perfect ending of the first film, and that this sequel didn't quite top the ending.
- Marlin's character development is undone, as in the end of the first film he became a happy father, but he became overprotective again in this movie.