In the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, Pixar finally lets viewers see into Dory’s world and find out, what would Dory do?
Before baby Dory’s eyes fill the screen, we’re treated to a short film titled Piper.
In roughly five minutes or so the audience is shown a baby bird’s story of overcoming fear and triumphing in front of its flock. Without any words, Pixar does it again – pulling at our heart strings with extremely life-like animation and a clear message for children and adults alike.
After Piper is finished and the credits display how many people were involved in just a few short minutes of animation, familiar-looking water fills the screen and Finding Dory begins
Predictably there are many flashbacks from Dory’s past which include her mother and father teaching her life lessons, all to answer how Dory was separated from them when she was just a baby.
Nemo supports Dory when she remembers where she was born and wants to find her family, however Marlin thinks they’ve had enough sea adventures to last a lifetime.
Dory finds her way into the hands of some helpful Marine Life Institute workers who want to help her, leaving Marlin and Nemo to find a way to bring Dory home.
In her journey to find her mother and father, Dory makes a few new unlikely friends including a septopus (octopus who lost a tentacle), a whale shark (who was actually baby Dory’s pipe-friend growing up), a beluga whale (who discovers his power to “see again”) along with countless other helpful fish along the way.
Adults and kids alike will find the film well worth the wait, with many laugh out loud moments any age can appreciate.
It leaves feelings of happiness, as the whole story was told with minimal sorrow and no violence (other than the poorly sighted whale shark who would constantly run into walls).
Even if you haven’t seen Finding Nemo, Finding Dory could easily find its way into your heart. Although, if you stay after the credits, you’ll find a few familiar faces from Finding Nemo who’ve traveled a long way to make it to the Marine Life Institute.
Overall this film is definitely worth a watch, and if you like animated films I’m sure it will find a way into your go-to collection for a feel-good-flick.