Voices by Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver
Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
2016 / 97 Minutes / Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios
Finding Nemo is one of my favourite Pixar films so when I heard they were doing a sequel… finally (it’s only been 13 years) I was super excited for it. Going into Finding Dory there were a lot of expectations and easily setting myself up for disappointment. The good news is I was not disappointed at all! In fact I was the opposite, it exceeded my expectations!
Finding Dory continues the story and that’s exactly how it felt. Watching the movie was like no time had passed at all and I was right back in the ocean watching all these familiar hilarious characters. This time the story follows Dory in search of her parents who she hasn’t seen since she was very young. The story isn’t forced and it works because Dory is such a popular, unique and hilarious character that we want to know more about her and we want to spend more time with her. This is obviously do to the spectacular first film, but most of all to Ellen DeGeneres who brings life to Dory and is a huge reason for the success of both of these films. Many of the familiar characters are back along with many new ones that are just as memorable. Ed O’Neil steals the film also as Hank the curmudgeon, but ultimately likeable octopus. Also Kaitlin Olson and Ty Burrell are equally hilarious and loveable as Destiny and Bailey the whale shark and beluga whale.
I will always continue to praise Pixar’s films (most of them), they know exactly how important the story is more than anything else. They’ve managed to create worlds that are unforgettable and go down into cinematic history. Without brilliant writing like Pixar’s films you’re really just left with flat Minion type animated films that are rushed into production with weak storylines just because they know the masses will show up. Pixar is in a league of it’s own and many of their films end up on my best of the year lists.
Many might feel it’s not as strong as Finding Nemo, but I think it’s totally on par and is a perfect sequel to a perfect film. You won’t be disappointed with Finding Dory!