Pixar FINDING DORY Review written by Sean Gerber June 15, 2016 There are few films more beloved in the Disney•Pixar catalogue than Finding Nemo. The epic adventure that took us across an ocean and taught us to just keep swimming seemed tailor made for a sequel. It took longer than we expected, but that sequel is finally here and Finding Dory is well worth the wait. Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of the famously forgetful Dory. When long lost familial flashbacks start popping up, all Dory knows is that she has a family and she misses them. That’s all the motivation she needs to travel across the ocean once again to find home. The friends she once helped, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) are along for the ride. The physical journey is a quick one, as it should be. There’s no need to make the same movie all over again. It is the emotional journey for Dory and her friends that matters once they arrive at the Marine Life Institute (think Monterey Bay Aquarium) where Dory was born. There’s a certain magic to Finding Nemo that may be impossible to recapture, but Finding Dory is a stronger film thematically. Where the first film focused on the need for trust over helicopter parenting, Finding Dory is about not just living with disability, but thriving. Dory’s forgetfulness, while an easy source of humor, is framed as a disability in the film. Her parents were afraid she could not live without their constant supervision. Her best friend, Marlin, often fails to trust Dory and wants her to live the way he does. Dory begins every introduction to a new fish with an apology for her short term memory loss. The universal qualities to Dory’s experience are obvious. What should be equally obvious, however, is the universal nature of how Dory lives with her absent mindedness. She has to learn to stop apologizing for who she is because she is wonderful. She knows she needs help sometimes, but she does what she needs to do and is a fast, loyal friend to anyone she meets. Dory never judges anyone else. She sees the beauty in everyone, from the near-sighted whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) to the cantankerous octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill). Dory’s journey in the film is less about finding her parents as it is about accepting herself as freely and openly as she accepts others. Her family and friends must also learn to accept Dory as she is without pity or fear. She may not live the way they do, but that’s never stopped her from accomplishing her goals, caring for others, and living happily. All of that sounds pretty heavy, but in classic Disney•Pixar fashion, it’s blended in with ample amounts of fun, adventure, and laughs. Hank is a super spy who plays off of every aquarium story about how smart and sneaky octopi can be. A beluga whale named Baily (Ty Burrell) hilariously discovers his powers of echolocation. Even funnier than that are recurring bits with sea lions Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West) defending their rock and the aquarium’s narrator. Just like its predecessor, Finding Dory is a perfect family film for the summer. It offers all of the best qualities that audiences have come to expect from Disney•Pixar. Beyond that, Finding Dory has its own unique, important, and optimistic themes. Those who want a fun adventure with new and old aquatic characters will have it. They will also be treated to a story that can improve our understanding and acceptance of ourselves and those with whom we just keep swimming. Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory is in theaters this Friday, June 17. FINDING DORY Review was last modified: June 27th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Finding Dory 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Meet Elliot In New Trailer For PETE’S DRAGON next post Batman News #18: JUSTICE LEAGUE Logo, Synopsis, And Set Reports You may also like Disney/Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR Trailer Gives Man... July 22, 2015 See The Final Trailer For FINDING DORY May 24, 2016 New Trailer And Images For Disney/Pixar’s THE... October 6, 2015 Open Forum: INSIDE OUT June 18, 2015 Disney/Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR Is Inspired By... August 17, 2015 RILEY’S FIRST DATE Hilariously Pays Off The... August 17, 2015 Disney/Pixar’s New INSIDE OUT Trailers Focuses On... March 10, 2015 Disney And Pixar Just Keep Swimming With... August 18, 2015 Disney/Pixar’s COCO Focuses On Family, Past And... August 18, 2015 First look at Disney•Pixar’s ‘Coco’ December 25, 2016 AverageGamers How does this fare against Pixar’s Inside Out, or this year’s Disney’s Zootopia? TheDarkPilgrim It’s topical like Zootopia and as well as being a strong narrative. I’d say its more enjoyable than Inside Out, just because Inside Out is an emotional journey and Finding Dory, while emotional, is more of an adventure film with memorable characters and lots of laughs. Be sure to stay through the end credits! Michael Bradley Zootopia and Inside Out were more enjoyable form beginning to end, but Finding Dory is very good!