Finding Dory

As soon as you hear the voices of Ellen DeGeneres (as Dory) and Albert Brooks (as Nemo’s neurotic dad, Marlin), you realize how much you’ve missed these two. It’s been 13 long years since the original was in theatres but only a single year has elapsed in the ocean where they make their home.
all-trailers-lead-to-finding-dory-check-out-brand-new-footage-in-this-japanese-internat-941918Writer\co-director Andrew Stanton had no desire to revisit Nemo’s world until he rewatched it in 3D and realized how many unanswered questions peppered Dory’s storyline. So good news, folks: those burning questions that have been keeping you awake the last dozen years finally get their time in sea – Why does Dory speak whale? How did she learn to read? And does her disability make for a lonely life?

Dory convinces Nemo and Marlin to embark on yet another oceanwide journey, this time to find her absent family. Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton voice her parents in various flashbacks (Dory was a SUPER cute young guppie!), but with a spotty memory and so much time gone by, is it even possible to find them? How to put this delicately…just what is the life expectancy of even a vegetarian, non-smoking, yoga-adhering blue tang?

The magic of Finding Nemo is safely recaptured in Finding Dory; the story makes room for both old friends and new. Hank, the cranky octopus (or technically a septapus, if you bother to count) is a definite break-out star, voiced by Ed O’Neill. He helps Dory navigate hank-octopus-finding-dorythe exhibits of an aquarium where she believes her parents live. Ty Burrell, who plays Ed’s son-in-law on Modern Family, voices a beluga whale with dubious echolocation abilities but a willingness to play “guide whale” for his visually impaired friend. In fact, the nice thing about this new world presented in Finding Dory is that the marine rescue centre in question rehabs sick fish – everyone’s got some sort of disability but they’ve got plenty of ability too, even Dory. Or especially Dory. My favourite new character is a bird named Becky, who, okay, maybe has some mental health issues, maybe is a little intellectually challenged, maybe isn’t as finely feathered as some, but MY GOD. The minute she was introduced I had a mini meltdown, wracked with laughter.

Finding Dory can’t surprise you in quite the same way the first one did, but it makes up for 107c86e0-155e-0134-fd5e-0e31b36aeb7f.pngit in laughs and heart. Last week on our podcast, Matt hoped that the sequel would make him cry as the first one did. The verdict’s not in on his tear ducts, but mine were a leaky mess.

A memory-challenged fish sets out to find her blue family and along the way remembers that she already has an orange one.  I’ve seen a lot of sequels lately that stink like 13 year old fish, but Finding Dory is a sweet and satisfying cuddle party with old friends, serving up something fresh that everyone will enjoy.

 

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37 thoughts on “Finding Dory

  1. Jay Post author

    Alexander Gould, who played Shane Botwin on Weeds, was the original voice of Nemo. 13 years later, he aged out of the role and has been replaced, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in Finding Dory. He voices a truck driver named Carl.

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  2. kmSalvatore

    U know Jay, I’ve been seeing the commercials for a while now, and..weird as it sounds, becuz I really dislike cartoon type movies.. But this one… This one cracks me up everytime they show a commercial… If I up had a kid to take.. I’d go see this for sure.

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  3. fifi + hop

    I have been so looking forward to this can’t wait to see it. We just watched Finding Nemo for the zillionth time for a sleep”under” I was hosting for my girls and, again, I was totally emotional. What a great cast for this new one – had no idea Eugene Levy and Dianne Keaton were in it. Thanks for the review!

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      1. fifi + hop

        Ha – it’s like a sleepover except the kids don’t spend the night. They come dressed in pj’s, eat pizza, watch a movie with popcorn and get picked up around 9 or 10. At least for my younger daughter. So, a sleep”under” and not a sleep over. It’s cute.

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  4. Holly

    I liked it, but I think I liked the Pixar short before it a little more 🙂 Still, very worth seeing on a weekend in the theater with kids much younger than what I have had to deal with in a while.

    Very cool about Alexander Gould; M and I discussed the change in voice casting while waiting in line at the theater since they are about the same age (“Seriously M, do you really think you sound the same as you did in 2003?”) I will have to let him know about the cameo appearance 🙂

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    1. Jay Post author

      Haha, not a chance!

      And yes, the short was very sweet. I loved the part when he’s first hit by the wave and the camera cuts to him looking all shell-shocked.

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