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Review | Finding Dory – 2016

Before the little blue fish named Dory, met the clown fish Marlin and Nemo, she already had been through quite a lot. But because of her short memory loss, she doesn’t really know about it. She does know the logically things, like the fact that she just have a family. She must come from somewhere right? And then little busy little Dory starts getting glimpses of her past. Memories she also forgets very quickly,but with Nemo and Martin’s help she goes on an adventure to find her family back.

With all the reboots and remakes it is quite odd we – the fans of Finding Nemo – had to wait 13 years for a sequel on this Disney Pixar animation film. But it was worth the wait! Finding Dory is never a weaker version of Finding Nemo, and it is for both children as adult a colourful feast to watch. Many actors have returned, among them director and script writer Andrew Stanton and Bob Peterson. Actors who return to voice their characters are Ellen DeGeneres as Dory and Albert Brooks as Marlin. They had to find a new voice actor for Nemo, since Finding Dory takes place a year after Finding Nemo but in real time there’s 13 years between them. Therefore Hayden Rolence is here as Nemo, but his voice luckily sounds very similar.  If not the vibe would be very different.

Besides these three main characters there is also room for other familiar faces. Among them is stingray Master Ray (Bob Peterson) and the sea turtles who gave Dory, Nemo and Marlin a lift to California. However, the new characters are the most funny ones. Whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) who is half blind, the seven legged octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill), three seals whereof one is not really normal, the weird bird Becky and the beluga Baily (Ty Burrell) who has issues with his echo system. What these animals have in common is that they all help Dory in some sort of way. Finding Dory offers you therefore a lot of a new characters, but one other very interesting voice is the one of Sigourney Weaver. Weaver doesn’t ‘play’ a character, but her voice echos from the speakers of the sea-life aquarium in California: “Rescue, rehabilitate, release.”

The film takes place in the open ocean and in an institute where marine animals are patched so they can be released into the wild. This is also the place where Dory meets Hank the octopus. Hank definitely doesn’t want to go back to the blue ocean, since he has experienced some unpleasant things. His trick to adapt to the environment like a chameleon, and his desire to find shelter in Cleveland, are quite funny at some times. So funny that the creators of the end credits dedicated a few scenes to Hank. There are some moments which can be quite sad, especially for young children. I’m talking about the intro where young Dory (Sloane Murray) calls for her parents. But besides this scene and the one where a big, scary squid comes into play, Finding Dory is primarily a quest to find family and friends. Where help is offered by old and new friends. Speaking of old friends, do not stop the film too soon. We also see Nemo’s old friends from the aquarium at the dentist in the final end credits.

As we have come to expect from Pixar, Finding Dory is a colorful film. Just like in Finding Nemo, the whole underwater world comes to life beautifully, and the institute where ill fishes are housed look terrific. And as we know from Disney, there is also an underlying message in the film. The scene where Dory is swimming close to the California coast, when she has plastic waste around her, is a good example. It is also clear that a children’s area in an aquarium is absolutely not a fun place for the fish. It is no surprise Hank uses his defensive skills. Besides the film the Blu-ray offers plenty of bonus material as well. So if you can’t get enough of it, you can watch some bloopers and deleted scenes.

Thirteen years after the succesful animation film Finding Nemo is here the succesful sequel: Finding Dory. In this Disney Pixar animated film we are going on an adventure once more, but this time it is Dory quest to find her parents. It also a very colourful water feast as well with great animation, where we encounter old en new friends. The returning voice actors Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brook ‘play’ their part very well, just like the new ones. Whereof Ed O’Neill as the octopus Hank is the most hilarious one. To conclude the creators made sure that both adults as children will love this film!


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