After Dory suddenly remembers her family, she, Marlin, and
Nemo embark on a journey across the ocean to find them.
Finding Dory (2016)
Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Written by Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse
Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence,
Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver, Bob Peterson
Sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo
Finding Dory is the sequel that I never knew I wanted until I got it. It's Pixar's best sequel since Toy Story 3, delivering their signature brand of poignant drama and life lessons wrapped inside a colorful kids movie about funny talking fish. It's impossible not to enjoy, particularly if you were a kid who grew up with Finding Nemo, like myself. It's a joy to see all these characters again, voiced by the same talented cast, joined this time by some delightful new ones like Hank the Septopus (Ed O'Neill) and Destiny the Nearsighted Whale Shark (Kaitlin Olson).
While Finding Nemo was about one's willingness to sacrifice anything for family, Finding Dory is about having the strength to accept yourself. The character of Dory was the comic relief in the first film, but she takes center stage as the protagonist here. Seeing her struggle with her memory loss as a child was heartbreaking and put her character in a whole new light. Her search for her family is inspiring, which would surprise me if this film was by any other studio than Pixar. They've proven time and time again that they have the power to find emotion in the most curious of items, be they toys, bugs, or fish.
Finding Dory is the one to beat for best animated film of the year. It's flawlessly animated just like its predecessor and follows that story with one that's just as great. It teaches kids to accept peoples' flaws and always look for the best in them. Once again, it's made me look forward to Pixar's next masterwork. They're so good at what they do.