Finding Dory: What You Need To Know
There’s no shortage of adjectives one can summon in describing Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel (of sorts) to 2003’s animated hit, Finding Nemo. Beautiful, playful, heart-warming, uplifting and charming all fit and that’s just for a start.
All the components that made the original a smash are in place: the film is produced by Pixar, released by Disney, written and directed by Andrew Stanton and set mainly in the magical underwater universe where octopuses shape-shift and sea lions crack wise.
As the film hits DVD shelves (you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page) we preview what you can expect from this beloved sequel...
What’s the plot?
Bedevilled by chronic short-term memory loss, plucky Dory, a Pacific regal blue tang, becomes separated from her parents, something she more or less forgets until a series of triggers remind her of the family she has lost… and hopes to find.
Tall order for a fish prone to forgetfulness. But driven by sheer determination and abetted by various seaworthy pals - clownfish Nemo and his dad Marlin, Hank the cranky octopus, the above-mentioned sea lions plus a benevolent shark and a skittish beluga whale – Dory will prevail.
Who’s in it?
The list of voice talent is long and impressive: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Albert Brooks as Marlin, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory’s folks plus Ed O'Neill, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Idris Elba in various roles large and small. That won’t matter a whit to children but it’s fun for grown-ups to play ‘name that voice.’
Does it deliver?
Children in the advance screening we attended certainly seemed enthralled. Parents may ponder the wisdom of the setting – a Sea World-type of place where creatures, while playful, are living in captivity. That Dory spends the first half of the film apologizing for her forgetfulness is a bit dodgy, too – the condition is portrayed as organic and thus beyond the little fish’s control. But there are plenty of genuine laugh-out-loud moments and enough wink-nudge references to keep guardians amused as they shepherd the small ones through the experience.