Director: Andrew Stanton
Running time: 97 minutes
Main Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Hayden Rolence, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson, Diane Keating, Eugene Levy
Finding Dory takes us on an emotional rollercoaster to teach us the importance of family and how great family can be, making it a truly wonderful watch and a lesson about family.
The very friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) begins to search for her long lost parents, while accompanied by Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks). Dory must overcome her short term memory lost to follow clues to find her parents, encountering new characters along the way such as Destiny a nearsighted whale shark (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), Bailey a beluga whale who believes he can’t echolocate (voiced by Ty Burrell) and Hank a grouchy seven-legged octopus (voiced by Ed O’Neill).
The cast is star studded with the likes of Modern Family duo Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell. Whilst also having Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres returning to reprise the roles as Marlin and Dory. Joining them is Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory parents.
The cast work really well together and through watching you feel connected to the characters created by these actors, especially the grouchy Hank.
But the star of the show is DeGeneres who is wonderful as Dory again and ensures that fans of the blue tang fish are reminded why Dory is such a relatable character.
Pixar combine real time footage of ocean and ocean depths with animation to create a truly unique setting and experience for the viewer. Underwater shots and all the creatures within them look simply stunning. The animation even shows movements within water and the light that would be featured in the underwater scenes, which adds a sense of realism to the animations.
However the narrative is a carbon copy of the narrative from Finding Nemo, with only a few slight changes. Where in Dory they are trying to find Dory’s parents, while in Nemo they are searching for Nemo.
But using the same narrative also has its benefits for its target audience being kids and it still has those trademark Pixar emotion driven narrative moments which help drive the narrative and the viewer’s responses to the narrative.
Finding Dory is a wonderful movie, embedded with lessons about family and the importance of family and these lessons are heightened by the cast and the writing for the film. The narrative is a carbon copy of Nemo but it is still wonderful. It is well worth watching whether you take the kids or if you were a fan of Finding Nemo you will like Finding Dory.
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