Finding Nemo was a groundbreaking animated film when it was released in 2003 and remains one of the most beloved animated classics of all time. It was Pixars fifth film and went a long way to solidify their place in the hierarchy of successful film companies. Now 11 films and 13 years later Pixar has released the long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory.
One year after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is now living with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and helping with raising Nemo. One day during one of Nemo’s classes Dory has a memory of her parents prompting her to go on a search for them despite the problems with her memory. Marlin and Nemo set out to find Dory when she unexpected leaves as Dory has more memories and gets closer to finding the answers to her history and maybe closer to finally finding her family. Along the way they all meet old friends and new friends while Dory continues on the most important journey of her life.
When I heard they were doing a sequel to Finding Nemo that concentrated on Dory, I was skeptical. Dory was a great supporting character but I wasn’t sure she could carry a movie. Much to my surprise Finding Dory was almost as good as the first film and managed to maintain its heart, humor and beauty. In fact it might be even better looking thanks to more advanced technology. Ellen DeGeneres does a fantastic job of reeling in (pun intended) Dory and not keeping her personality on full power for the entire time. The story of Dory trying to connect to a childhood she doesn’t remember and find parents she had forgot is touching and is written with class and a solid emotional core. And the humor is just as great this time around as well with some fantastic new characters to enrich the world. Fans of the first film, Pixar, animated films or just fun family films in general will not be disappointed in Finding Dory, it was a wonderful sequel and a perfect companion piece. Highly recommended.