Pixar’s latest film is one that I honestly wasn’t dying to happen! I mean, I wasn’t against a Finding Nemo sequel, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed if we never got a sequel either! So like a true animation fan, I went to see Finding Dory with an open mind. What did I think of it? Well, read on to find out!
Finding Dory takes place a year after the events of Finding Nemo. In this film, Dory, voiced again by Ellen DeGeneres, starts to recollect memories of when she was younger. She remembers her parents and remembers that she was from “The Jewel of Morro Bay, California”. Once these memories stick with her, she decides to go on a quest to find this place as well as her parents.
The place turns out to be a marine institute that rehabilitates sick/injured marine life and then releases them back into the ocean after they’re healed. Dory attempts to find her parents there with the help of a cranky, but likable septopus (a 7-tentacled octopus) named Hank, voiced by Ed O’Neill. As the movie progresses, Dory remembers more things from her childhood little by little whilst Marlin and Nemo, voiced by Albert Brooks and Hayden Rolence, respectively, try to get Dory out of the marine institute.
My overall feeling of the movie is that it’s good. I don’t think it’s an amazing film, but it’s good. It does what it set out to do: tell a story with Dory as the main focus and it does that pretty well. Unfortunately, this means that many of the other characters in the film take backseat roles in the film: Marlin and Nemo seem to be thrown in for the heck of it. Some new characters such as a whale shark named Destiny (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), a beluga whale named Bailey (voiced by Ty Burrell), and two sea lions voiced by Idris Elba and Dominic West feel incredibly underused. Only Dory and Hank (and maybe Dory’s parents) seem to be the only characters that time is spent heavily on. And that’s fine.
The animation was probably as good as Finding Nemo‘s animation; maybe the water was a bit clearer, but there was nothing incredibly new to really capture my attention. The story was a simple one with the only laudable aspect of it being how it showed how people/children with disabilities or certain handicaps can still help themselves in the world.
Summing up, the film was good…that’s about it. It’s not one of Pixar’s best, but it isn’t their worst film either. I don’t think it should be nominated for a Best Animated Feature award, but if it did, well…cool.