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 is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every ten 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
- Still remain charm of the first films.
- The movie explores the origins of Dory, and how she got separated from her family. It also explains where her "Just Keep Swimming" song came from and where she learned how to speak whale.
- Just like the first film, it feels like a grand adventure as the movie plays out.
- Thanks to Thomas Newman who returned, this score is wonderful.
- The animation is a major upgrade from the first film, with even more expression on the sea creatures, beautiful visuals, and Hank's expressive and creative animation.
- Many of the film's new characters are likable and memorable, especially for Hank the Octopus and Destiny.
- It teaches that disabilities don't define you, which is a very positive message for people who have disabilities.
- The movie has pretty hilarious 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.
- The plot sometimes feels like a rehash of the first film.
- Despite their importance in the first film, Gil and the Tank Gang don't have anything to do here and just appear in a post-credits scene. We can wonder why Willem Dafoe even bothered to reprise his role as Gil here. In addition, they are still on their plastic bags and get captured once again into captivity, making their whole goal to make it back to the sea pointless.
As with its predecessor, the film garnered critical acclaim from critics and moviegoers alike for its stunning animation and charming performances. Finding Dory has an approval rating of 94% based on 329 reviews and an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 77 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".