Can you believe that it’s been 13 years since “Finding Nemo” was released? I always hoped that there would be a sequel and it’s finally happened. We saw an advanced screening of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” on June 15th and it was by far our family’s favourite movie that we’ve seen together at the theatre in quite some time. We laughed, some of us cried, and both of my daughters have asked to see it again! Here’s a little plot summary for “Finding Dory”
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). 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 biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
We all had different favourite new characters: my 7 year old loved Destiny, my 5 year old picked the sea otters (“cuddle break!”), I thought Hank was hilarious and my husband enjoyed the sea lions (and I enjoyed that one of them was voiced by Idris Elba). There are a few suspenseful moments but nothing that should scare any littles too badly. Slight spoiler: there is a point where Dory thinks she has found her parents, only to be told that they are ‘gone’ (presumed dead). This caused both of my girls to cry, but not to the extent of previous movies where they wanted to leave. There are also lots of laugh out loud moments and a really sweet message that everyone can find a way to thrive, no matter what challenges they may face. “Piper”, the short before the movie, was also adorable! The run time of 97 minutes was perfect to keep everyone’s attention.
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Disclosure: My family attended an early screening of “Finding Dory” to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are always my own!