FINDING DORY (2016 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Finding Dory—possibly worth a second viewing—is a winner for both the adult and the child. The story inspires, has a heartfelt conclusion, and relies on music that piques positive emotions and values. Watch for the scene where the fish are released into the ocean. Pixar consistently serves quality computer animated entertainment. I’m a huge Pixar fan, prefer the typical Pixar story package, and always enjoy un-wrapping a Pixar film over other animated production companies’ films. This film does not disappoint my Pixar expectations. It’s true to Pixar form. On the downside, this film starts slowly. It is not until Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) meets Hank the Octopus (voice of Ed O’Neill) that the pace increases. The story really takes off when Hank puts Dory into the tank with her own kind so she can begin the adventure to find her parents.

Storyline

Dory, a Regal Blue Tang fish, has a childhood disability—forgetting things. She loses her parents and grows into adulthood periodically remembering that she needs to find them. She meets Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), a Clown Fish who loses and finds his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence). About a year later, Dory is staying with Marlin and Nemo and remembers that she has parents and that she has to find them now before she forgets. So, Marlin and Nemo help begin her adventure and the story is on.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Directors Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. Thank you to Executive Producer John Lasseter for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence), Bailey (Ty Burrell), Jenny (voice of Diane Keaton), Charlie (Eugene Levy), Young Dory (voice of Sloane Murray), Fluke (voice of Idris Elba), Rudder (voice of Dominic West), Mr. Ray (voice of Bob Peterson), Wife Fish (voice of Kate McKinnon), Husband Fish (voice of Bill Hader), and Sigourney Weaver (voice of Sigourney Weaver).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a good adult/child share film.

Ben Meyers

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