She just kept swimming...
Disney Pixar’s sequel to the 2003 Academy Award-winning family animated hit Finding Nemo, with Andrew Stanton returning to the director’s chair. Ellen DeGeneres also returns to voice Dory, the happy-go-lucky fish with a terrible memory. One day, in her sleep, she actually remembers something about her past, prompting a journey to find her family.
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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
Rather than attempt to replicate the masterful Finding Nemo, Pixar wisely goes a different route with its sequel Finding Dory. While Nemo was an against-the-odds adventure that deserved an epic scale, Dory is more of an infiltration comedy that largely sticks to one area: a marine life institute. Does it reach the emotional heights of its original? No. Is it funnier? Surprisingly, yes. ... More
Dory’s short term memory loss is treated more seriously this time around, opening with a sombre scene explaining how she became lost. It deflates the heart before pumping it right back up when she begins to remember her parents in tiny doses. The film then gets a bit too hasty moving from their ocean home to the institute, but once there, the jittery pace makes sense as the jokes fire at the rate of a machine gun.
Marlin and Nemo are secondary here, but aren’t wedged into comedic sidekick roles. That silliness is left to the new characters: two sea lions who embrace their laziness; a beluga whale who geeks over his newfound echolocation ability; and a manic bird who’s a genius one moment and braindead the next.
The most prominent newbie, however, is paranoid octopus Hank. Pixar must have cracked whips on their animators to make him move, camouflage and act so fluently. As a character, a comic, and a technical feat, Hank is astonishing.
It’s refreshing to see Pixar letting their manic comedy loose like this, generating an energetic insanity that eventually escalates to ‘Looney Tunes on a sugar high’. But when Dory’s search reaches its end, her discovery can make the driest of eyes go misty. It’s a sweet testament to parents who find unique solutions to their children’s unique disabilities – however long that takes.
(It’s also a subtle “screw you” to Sea World.)Hide
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BY KennethP91 superstar
It goes without saying that Pixar is known for having great animation in their movies. Glad to say that’s exactly what we get in Finding Dory. The underwater designs are... More beautiful, from the corals, sea weeds to the sea anemones all of it is gorgeous and it brings a lot of life to the scene. The fishes themselves were well designed and from their movement and mannerisms, the amount of detail that was put into them was amazing.
Though this is Dory’s film, and again Ellen DeGeneres does a great job voicing Dory, a certain character stole the movie and that’s the octopus Hank. Voiced wonderfully by Ed O’Neill, Hank is one of the characters that Dory meets in her journey and by far the most memorable character in the movie. From his animation to his movements and the way he can blend himself to his surroundings he is amazing.
The movie comes in with lots of laughs and more importantly lots of heart, though there are times where Dory’s condition is played for laughs, there are moments that you understand how serious her condition is. You feel bad for the character and makes you more likely to root for her.
As much as a lot of people are excited for Finding Dory especially the kids who watched Finding Nemo 13 years ago. You do notice a lot of similarities between the two movies and that is probably the disappointing aspect of the film. Pixar didn’t do anything different to the story.
To it’s core Finding Dory is about a fish trying to get home however so did other Pixar properties. From the Toy Story movies, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and now Finding Dory, once again it’s about a character finding his/her way home. Though at a certain level the formula still works, however it is disappointing that they didn’t do anything new to the property.
Despite having used the same formula as Finding Nemo, Finding Dory is still a great movie through and through. From the vibrant underwater colours to the strong leads and strong supporting characters to the emotional story behind it. It will still be one of this year’s best animated movie. Kids will love, families will love it and the kids, who are now adults, will find this a satisfying follow up to Finding Nemo.Hide
BY thorinoak superstar
Took my niece (6) and nephew (4) to this one and they thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't find it as scary as Zootopia. Fantastic fun with a great message about what people or fish can accomplish even if they suffer from some form of disability wrapped up in all the Pixar... More cuteness.Hide
BY RealityCheck superstar
As awesome as the original, if not better. Same kind of jokes and emotional roller coaster, it can be happy and sad at the same time. Great for the kids and the child in all of us. Like any other Pixar movie (listing them all, blah blah) showing us something true in ourselves while also having a laugh and learning about others. It gave a nod to the previous movie at the start, and you have to stay till the end of the credits.
Genre : Animation, adventure, growth, comedy,... More children/family
4/5 : I’m bias though, cos I like these animated films, but this really is a great watch, doesn’t everyone love otters!
***stay till the very end of the credits***Hide
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