A sequel to the 2003 Pixar movie “Finding Nemo”, this summer smash “Finding Dory” will introduce an entirely new generation to the Disney classic and is fun and laughter for the whole family.
The story begins a year after the adventure to find Nemo and bring him back home to his reef. Life under the sea is going well until suddenly Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) the loveable blue tang fish who suffers from short term memory loss suddenly remembers what she has always forgotten… she has been separated from her parents and had been searching the ocean for years trying to find them. She is now determined to set out on a quest to find them but because she is so forgetful, needs the help of her sidekicks Marlin (Albert Brooks), a worried clownfish, and his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence). They set off for an adventure heading to the Pacific Coast of California looking for Dory’s mom and dad.
The trio reach their destination which happens to be at Marine Life Institute which is a rehabilitation habitat where sick sea life is nursed back to health and returned to the Ocean. With the exception of a few, who then get tagged to go to, oddly enough, Cleveland. Upon arriving, Dory gets separated from Marlin and Nemo, and both meet a fun variety of new friends. Amongst the new characters we get to meet are a pair of lazy sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West) who help Nemo and Marlin find Dory, while Dory meets Hank (Ed O’Neil) the grouchy, yet loveable, chameleon octopus who agrees to help Dory in exchange for her “tag” to get to Cleveland.
While not as great as the original, “Finding Dory” has the right mix of laughter and love and a beautiful message about family. As usual, Pixar has hit it out of the park with its superb animation and the 3D effects are spectacular. In addition, the short “Piper” at the beginning is adorable and heart warming. Lastly, be sure to stay through the credits for a surprise at the end. Solid 7/10.