Film Review by Clayton Barnett
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Our favourite forgetful fish is back - 13 years after they found Nemo - and sequel Finding Dory will swim straight into theatres and right into your heart.
2003’s Finding Nemo is a modern classic, and as much as Disney usually dive into straight-to-DVD sequels Pixar made them wait for a decent story. Luckily Nemo writer / director Andrew Stanton had a brainstorm and is back in the deep blue sea for this stunning sequel.
It’s worth the wait, with Finding Dory just as good if not better than the original. Hilariously funny, brilliantly inventive - half the action takes place on dry land - and just as moving as any Pixar picture. Just like Finding Nemo it’s not afraid of delivering some heavy and slightly scary material to kids, which my cousins (aged 5, 7 and 8) were absolutely fine with. Though it’s best hook is the message on overcoming handicaps, with Dory and other characters showing kids disabilities don’t stop you from reaching your goals.
While it’s great to see all the fan favourites return (with Ellen in fine form as Dory), the new characters made a big splash with the kids. Idris Elba and Dominic West star as two scene-stealing sea lions, my cousins loved the whale shark Destiny and Hank the octopus (Ed O’Neill) had one of the best emotional character arcs I’ve seen in a Pixar movie for a while.
The animation is gorgeous as expected – especially the spectacular chase final sequence - but it was totally upstaged by the short film Piper that preceded it. Another heart-warming short from Pixar, Piper is the story of an adorable baby sandpiper and is so photorealistic I thought they’d filmed actually sand and waves. Don’t miss it, and also stick around for a post-credit sea-lion scene.
Pixar continue their stellar streak with this gorgeously rendered and hilarious sequel. Make no mistake Finding Dory will get you right in the feels, hook, line and sinker.
Releases: 23rd June 2016
Duration: 103 minutes
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Kate McKinnon
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
This movie was originally scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015. After Pixar's other movie The Good Dinosaur (2015) was pushed back to that date, this movie was pushed back as well.
Hayden Rolence replaces Alexander Gould as the voice of Nemo, due to having outgrown his original role in Finding Nemo (2003).
Finding Dory (2016) was first announced by Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, on her talk show following a long campaign for a sequel.
Jerome Ranft replaced Joe Ranft for the role of Jacques after his brother's death in 2005.
The film is actually set six months after its predecessor, forgetting the thirteen year gap between the two films.
The setting of the film was changed from an aquatic park to a Marine Biology Institute after the controversial documentary Blackfish (2013) was screened for the crew of Pixar.