Finding Dory is the sequel to Pixar‘s Finding Nemo. Dory is directed by Andrew Stanton, who also directed the first film, and he’s back as a writer and director, sharing the directing duties with Angus MacLane. Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson share the writing duties with the original story by Stanton.
The film is about Dory finding her parents, but the problem is, she suffers from short term memory loss. It features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.
The good; we get most of the characters we met from Nemo back. But above all, the film focuses on character and story.
We get Dory’s back story and if you weren’t empathic to her already, you definitely are now. And if you already were, the film cements that feeling, then watches it dry.
The Octopus Hank is introduced, and we’re just as connected to him as we are to Dory. The way he moves is amazing, the animation team did a great job on him and all his tentacles. Having an Octopus navigate through a Marine Life Institute building sounds simple, but watching Hank carry Dory through hallways and garages is a marvel to behold. It lends itself to opportunities for jokes and character ingenuity. Job well done.
The bad; don’t bring newborns to the movies, this one is rated PG, as opposed to the first movie which was G.
Overall, what a treat. Pixar does the sequels very well. I want to say more but I don’t want to give too much away. Finding Dory is a great time for the young and old, Sigourney Weaver playing herself as the voice for the of the institute PA is wonderful and stay till the end of the credits (as you should), it’s good family fun. And the ending is earned, the film’s writers and directors take you through a lot of obstacles and they really really earn their ending, bravo! Go see this in the theatres.