Finding Dory 3D

Finding Dory 3D

(2016)

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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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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  • Spills over with laughs (most of them good, a few of them shticky) and tears (all of them earned)... Full Review

  • While Finding Dory is definitely the kind of visual pleasure we’ve come to expect from Pixar, its storyline doesn’t always reach the heights of inventiveness upon which the gigantic animation studio has built its reputation. Full Review

  • While rambunctious and passably humorous, this offspring isn't nearly as imaginative and nimble-minded as the forerunner that spawned it. Full Review

  • DeGeneres's vocal performance is extraordinary, effortlessly shifting from jokes to self-perpetuated anxiety attacks. Full Review

  • Isn’t just great storytelling, but could be a real comfort to parents and children alike who unexpectedly see themselves in Dory’s plight. Full Review

  • The inclusiveness of the film's vision is remarkable partly because it feels so natural, something that no adult will really need to explain. Children will get it, perhaps more intuitively and easily than the rest of us. Full Review

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