“Finding Dory” (2016)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Featuring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger
Dory: “I remember it like it was yesterday. Of course, I don’t really remember yesterday all that well.”
Its been over ten years since Pixar unleashed the hugely successful and immensely entertaining “Finding Nemo” (2003) onto the world, and audiences lapped it up, swimming along with Marlin, Dory and Nemo as well as all their friends they met along the way, and now the sequel has arrived, not the greatest of sequels but better than most animated adventures around today.
This time around the story is focused squarely on Dory and her search for her long-lost parents, on her trip she encounters some old friends and a lot of new ones, it is a fairly relatable and familiar plot particularly in terms of Pixar films. This time Marlin and Dory are the supporting characters, with a new main character Hank (expertly voiced by Ed O’Neill) an Octopus that can hide anywhere – look out for his end credit sequence, it is delightful. My personal favorites are two seals that occupy a rock near Seaward, Fluke and Rudder, who are the comedy gold in this film voiced by Idris Elba and Dominc West (lovely to see them together after their rivalry on “The Wire”) – they are priceless.
As usual and as you would expect the animation is incredible, Pixar have the water environments so expertly done you will think you are in the ocean and other environments with Hank, Dory and the gang.
Outside of the “Toy Story” franchise Pixar’s track record has been average at best with sequels, and have shied away from them, but I assume the possible profits to be made are too high to pass on, so we will be forced to watch more sequels as Pixar need to rely on existing IP. The real let down here is the story that is basically a retread of the first film which is essentially a road movie – and so brevity would have been better as this feels like a long movie and takes quite a while to reach its obvious conclusion.
Its no real slight on this film, its just that Pixar with all of their incredible films have set a bar so high that when it seems like they are falling short or aping themselves you can really see the flaws. It may have been a case that they felt the time difference between this film and the previous one may give it the feeling of originalty but Nemo is so well loved nothing will wipe the memory of that away.
Is still recommend this film as it is as you would expect very funny and emotional which is all you can really ask from an animated feature. I look forward to more original projects from Pixar in the years to come.
If you enjoyed this then watch:
“Shaun the Sheep” (2016)
“A Bugs Life” (1998)
“Finding Nemo” (2003)