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(sing-song) “Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”
I loved seeing ‘Finding Dory’ at the cinema in 2016! My Dad loved it and so did my Mum when we went to see it as a family at the cinema! ‘Finding Dory’ is a superb sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’! ‘Finding Nemo’ was made in 2003, 13 years before ‘Finding Dory’ in 2016! 13 years?! Crikey, was it that long?
‘Finding Dory’ is both funny and heart-warming as a kids’ film! I managed to see this movie twice at the cinema in the summer of 2006. The first was with my parents; the second was on my holiday weekend in Weston-super-Mare before the ‘Stars of Time Film and Comic Con @ The Tropicana’.
The film was eventually released on DVD and I had it for Christmas in 2016. Here’s something I have to complain about and it’s a minor thing. When we had the ‘Finding Nemo’ DVD in 2004, it was released on a 2-disc collector’s edition. Sadly this time, ‘Finding Dory’ was released on a 1-disc DVD.
This clearly indicates the passage of time between 2003 and 2016 when DVDs were released. Disney are now prompting buyers to purchase the Blu-ray edition of ‘Finding Dory’ instead of the DVD, as there are more behind-the-scenes special features on it. I prefer my films to be on DVD than Blu-ray.
‘Finding Dory’ is set one year after the events of ‘Finding Nemo’. In the film, Dory the blue tang fish that ‘suffers from short-term memory loss’ remembers that she had a family. She sets out to find them again and Marlin the clown fish and his son Nemo join Dory to help find where her parents are.
Dory, Marlin and Nemo soon end up at the Marine Life Institute (the Jewel of Morro Bay) in California. Dory believes that her parents are still there and hopes that she’ll find them! Will she? It also means that Marlin and Nemo have to say goodbye to Dory when she returns back to her family.
I have very fond memories of seeing ‘Finding Nemo’ at the cinema when I saw it in 2003. So I was keen to see ‘Finding Dory’ when I heard it was announced to be shown at the cinemas in 2016. The underwater scenes are so impressive as they were in ‘Finding Nemo’ with astounding CGI animation.
I love how this film focuses on Dory’s character and her back-story, since we get to know more about who she is when she was a kid with her family. I also like how this film explains how and why Dory was there when she met up with Marlin and helped her to find her son Nemo during ‘Finding Nemo’.
Dory is the main star of her own film this time. Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice Dory the blue tang fish. I like how Dory keeps having flashback scenes to when she was a kid with her parents, as she’s remembering more and more when trying to find her parents. This is a very emotional tale with her.
I also liked Dory when she was a kid with her parents, as she’s voiced by Sloane Murray as a kid. Little Dory was so funny when she was having her short-term memory loss at home. It was also lovely to see that Little Dory was loved by her parents and to see her grow up to look for them again.
Marlin the clown fish returns (voiced by Albert Brooks). Marlin is rather reluctant to go out into the ocean again to help Dory search for her parents. But when Dory says she misses her family so much, Marlin knows what that feels like since he lost his Nemo and soon help Dory to find her family again.
Sometimes Marlin finds Dory frustrating, especially with her short-term memory loss. I like how Marlin reveals to Dory that she inspired him with doing things he never thought he could do with finding her son again. It was rather a sweet and tender moment, since he never told her this before.
Nemo, Marlin’s son returns (now voiced by Hayden Rolence). I like that Nemo and his father Marlin have their own adventure when they get separated from Dory. Nemo berates his father for telling Dory to go away and forget, especially after being chased by a horrific cannibal octopus in the ocean.
It was fun when Nemo and his dad Marlin work out of a tricky situation and think of ‘what would Dory do’. Nemo clearly loves Dory and considers her to be a part of their family, especially when all hope seems lost on finding her parents. Nemo also helps Dory to remember things about her family.
The film features Hank, a cranky East Pacific red octopus who previously lost a tentacle and is chameleon-like. I liked Hank (voiced by Ed O’Neill). Dory meets Hank when she gets into the Marine Life Institute in California. Hank gets grumpy and irritable when Dory becomes forgetful in the story.
There’s Destiny, a near-sighted whale shark (voiced by Kaitlin Olson). Destiny is a childhood pipe-pal friend of Dory’s at the Marine Life Institute. It was lovely that Dory had a whale shark as a friend when she was a kid and this also confirms that Dory can actually speak ‘whale’ from ‘Finding Nemo’.
There’s Bailey, a beluga whale (voiced by Ty Burrell). Bailey is a neighbour of Destiny’s at the Marine Life Institute. He temporarily lost his echolocation due to a concussion at the fish hospital. This was rather interesting that sea animals have this biological sonar inside their heads when locating things.
Dory’s parents are Jenny and Charlie (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). I love Dory’s parents, as they’re truly loving and cared for their daughter even when she had memory problems. Dory remembers things that her parents taught her, including their song “Just keeping swimming…”
The film also features two California sea lions including Fluke and Rudder (voiced by Idris Elba and Dominic West). They help Marlin and Nemo by getting Becky a disfigured common loon bird to find Dory. It was pretty funny when they stop getting Gerald, another sea lion, to join them on their rock.
There are a number of returning characters from ‘Finding Nemo’ in this movie. There’s Mr. Ray, Nemo’s spotted eagle ray schoolteacher (voiced by Bob Peterson). And there’s Crush, the green sea turtle (voiced by director Andrew Stanton) who helps them to get across the ocean to California via the EAC.
The film also features a brief cameo return of the tank gang from ‘Finding Nemo’, including Gil (voiced by Willem Dafoe); Bloat (voiced by Brad Garrett); Peach (voiced by Allison Janney); Gurgle (voiced by Austin Pendleton); Bubbles (voiced by Stephen Root); Deb (& Flo) (voiced by Vicki Lewis) and Jacques (voiced by Jerome Ranft). The film also features Sigourney Weaver appearing as herself.
The film’s music score is composed again by Thomas Newman, who also composed music for ‘Finding Nemo’. I was surprised to hear Louis Armstrong’s version of ‘What A Wonderful World’ sung in the film. There’s also a new version of Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’, performed by Sia in the film.
The DVD special features are as follows. There’s the Pixar shot film ‘Piper’ that was shown before ‘Finding Dory’ at the cinema. ‘Piper’ is a sweet, lovely, little film about baby sandpiper bird hunting for food on the sea shore. My parents and I enjoyed this little film and it was a very good ice-breaker.
There’s an audio commentary with director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins. There are also ‘sneak peaks’ of ‘Ratatouille: The Adventure’ at Disneyland Paris and the film ‘Moana’. The film and the DVD special features can be played with Disney’s Fast Play option.
For the Blu-ray edition of ‘Finding Dory’, the additional features are as follows. There’s ‘Marine Life Interviews’; ‘The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar’; ‘What Were We Talking About’; ‘Casual Carpool’; ‘Animation & Acting’; ‘Deep in the Kelp’; ‘Creature Features’; ‘Behind The Scenes’ featurettes; living aquariums; deleted scenes and trailers.
‘Finding Dory’ brought tears to my eyes as well as making me laugh at funny moments. I loved seeing ‘Finding Dory’ at the cinemas. I couldn’t wait to see this movie again at the cinemas after seeing it for the first time and I got to watch it again and again at home during the Christmas holidays in 2016.
I recommend this Disney/Pixar movie, as it is a heart-warming film with Dory finding her parents. I’m not sure if there will be another sequel to the ‘Finding Nemo’ movies, but I’ll look forward to it if it does happen. By the way, I found ‘Finding Dory’ better than ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ at the cinema.
‘Finding Dory’ rating – 10/10
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