From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Bring home the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of bonus extras.
What We Thought:
Finding Dory is a nice family film that your kids will adore. If they liked the first one, Finding Nemo, they will definitely like this. Disney/Pixar had yet another monster hit on their hands with this one and it’s easy to see why.
Unlike other people, I’m not a Disney/Pixar diehard. I like a lot of their films, but I think a lot are overrated especially for adult audiences. I had never seen Finding Nemo till this year and finally watched it because I figured I should see it before seeing this.
The sequel is pretty much the same premise as the first. Instead of Marlin and Dory trying to find and rescue Nemo, it’s Dory that Marlin and Nemo are trying to find. Dory is searching for her parents and finds herself at an aquarium where she grew up at.
To me, it’s definitely more a film for kids than adults. I know many people will disagree with me and the box office numbers would definitely disagree with me, but these films don’t hit me like they do other adults. I can see why adults like Toy Story, The Incredibles or Up, but I don’t get the draw to other Pixar films as a grown up.
I can also admit that I did laugh at the film though. There’s a truck scene that made me genuinely laugh out loud. I like the turtles that also showed up in the first one, but the breakout characters in this one are the sea lions (or seals, I can’t tell them apart). The bird is also pretty fantastic. Speaking of birds, make sure you watch the short Piper in the bonus features. It is really, really good.
The Blu-ray looks absolutely flawless. The water, the colors of the fish, the aquarium all look breathtaking. Kids and adults will be wowed by the world that was created. Audio is top-notch with easy to hear dialogue from celebrity voiceovers and score. There’s a ton of bonus features beyond the Piper short so I recommend the Blu-ray to get all those.
Finding Dory was a monster at the box office and made a boatload of money worldwide (pun intended). It will be a movie your kids watch over and over again. There will be a slew of adults who love it too. It will get nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award as well. I liked it, but I’m not one that goes crazy over these films. Still for the kids and for the fans, it is…
- Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
- Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.
- The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.
- Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
- Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
- Deleted Scenes (introduced by director Andrew Stanton)
- And More
Cast & Crew:
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Albert Brooks
- Ed O’Neill
- Eugene Levy
- Kaitlin Olson
- Ty Burrell
Recommended If You Like:
- Finding Nemo
- Toy Story
- Disney/Pixar Films