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Finding Dory: Satisfactory, But Not Superb

After 13 long years, Disney Pixar has finally released, Finding Dory, the sequel to its beloved Finding Nemo. Although the sequel’s title makes it quite clear that its plot is going to be similar to that of its predecessor, the films were perhaps a bit too similar. Finding Dory does not feel like its own story. It does not consist of much original content, but rather, serves to fill in some of the blanks from Finding Nemo. In Finding Dory, we learn about Dory’s past: where she was born, how she lost contact with her parents, and what her life was like before her adventures with Marlin and Nemo. All of these questions are answered within a familiar lost-and-found context, only this time, we are finding Dory and her family, rather than Nemo.


Despite its derivative plot, Finding Dory was certainly just as fun and lighthearted as Finding Nemo. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), with her playful jargon and forgetful nature, is just as loveable the second time around. Marlin (Albert Brooks) is again, persistent in his search, and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) is still innocent and sweet. We briefly revisit some loveable characters, such as the comical sea turtle, Crush (Andrew Stanton), and the school-teacher, manta ray, Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson). And of course, we are introduced to some new characters. Dory befriends Hank (Ed O’Neill), a grouchy octopus with a great fear of children, who helps her locate her parents and quickly becomes one of our favorite characters. We also meet Destiny (Kaitlin Olsen), a whale-shark friend from Dory’s past, from whom she, apparently, learned to speak whale. These new characters are as amusing as they are quirky, and fit perfectly with the rest of the fish-cast.

FINDING DORY. Pictured (L-R): Destiny and Dory. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Although Finding Dory’s storyline does not differ significantly from Finding Nemo, there are still many twists and turns that the fish must overcome in their pursuit. There is, again, some interaction with humans and other animals—both of land and sea—and so there certainly exists a level of anxiety in watching the adventure on screen. Overall, Finding Dory does not fully live up to Finding Nemo, but still proves to be an enjoyable watch for children. With many familiar moments of triumph and defeat, Finding Dory will leave you feeling nostalgic and content. 


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