Let me start off by saying this movie is not just a sequel. It stands alone in telling its own, unique story about our favorite Blue Tang. My kids were so excited to see Dory’s Story, and all of their questions were answered. Finding Dory does not disappoint. As one critic stated, perfect may be an understatement.
Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
I loved the new friends that were made in this movie. Hank is definitely my favorite (besides Dory, of course!). As always, Pixar delivered a great story, new characters to fall in love with, and plenty of laughs and heartfelt moments in between. I appreciated the fact that Dory was celebrated for who she was, flaws and all. We are all made differently, with strengths and weaknesses, but when we believe in ourselves amazing things can happen. Lastly, I loved that Dory realized she had a family all alone with Marlin and Nemo. Not by blood, but by being there for each other and loving each other just like any other family member.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”).
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Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.