The long awaited sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’ is finally here. ‘Finding Dory,’ in theaters June 17, 2016, is a cute addition to the Disney Pixar library of movies. The gang is all here in this film, along with a huge cast of new friends as well. When the first trailer was released, I was worried that this film might have a sad side to it (Dory talking in her sleep about her mother not crying) and feared that this might be another trip on the Pixar emotion train. If you follow my reviews, you know that I am not a fan of movies full of sad, emotional real feels. I like movies to be lighthearted and entertaining. I like to laugh – but I also like it a bit unpredictable. I did laugh in ‘Finding Dory’ – many times. But predictability is high in this movie. Nonetheless, it is a great FAMILY movie – a cute movie that everyone will enjoy.
Keeping spoiler free, I will not go into the details of the movie. But, we do know that Dory has a whole new cast of friends in this film. The cast of characters prove to all have their own merit. The film mostly takes place a year after Nemo’s adventure, but there are plenty of flashbacks to Dory’s childhood. This part could get a bit tear-jerky, as Dory is simply ADORABLE – think “those-cute-big-eyed-stuffed-animals-that-your-children-ask-you-for” kind of cute. Dory teaches two lessons in this film, never give up on what you believe and your family are those that are close to you.
Dory’s friends all play an important role. A strong sense of community is shown here, and is very refreshing to see how anyone can help someone. Even if it is just in a small way, the pulling together of everyone in time of need is definitely uplifting and worth seeing – even if it is from animated talking fish. Points are made and hopefully your child will have many positive take-aways from this film.
The NDK Review:
Finding Dory was a good movie. I liked how they showed how Dory met up with Marlin. I always thought she was just an ordinary fish wandering around the ocean. Dory has flashbacks from when she was little. Little Dory was so cute! I like the new characters. I think Destiny was my favorite. She was so funny. The end of the movie was super funny. This movie was very different from ‘Finding Nemo,’ because the movie showed flashbacks and answered questions, along with a huge adventure at the end. I learned that you shouldn’t give up from this movie. Dory, Marlin and Nemo would not give up. With the help of their friends, they were able to do anything!
***Disclosure: I was invited to a special screening of this movie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingdory and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyPixar.