Tue 14 Nov 2017, 00:00 | (0)
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill
Finding Nemo was a surprise $900 million animated smash hit in 2004 and made clownfish the most-wanted pet on every kid’s list. Thirteen years later, the lovable, forgetful blue tang fish who had everyone trying to speak whale, returns in her own film – and on her own quest to find her parents.
The film colours in Dory’s back-story, showing her failed memory as a challenge that her parents try to help her overcome by teaching her the now-famous mantra ‘Just Keep Swimming!’. Typically, having forgotten her parents’ warnings to steer clear of a violent ocean current that speeds past their home cove, young Dory is washed out into the ocean where her memory defect forces her to learn to navigate the dark waters on her own. Eventually, she meets Marlin on his quest to find Nemo, establishing their connection – and then fast-forwards a year, beyond the events of Nemo. She’s living happily in the anemone next door to Marlin and Nemo, but can’t shake the nagging feeling that life used to be different. She convinces Marlin to join her on her quest. In a Pixar film, this means only one thing: an epic adventure!
They subsequently surge through a world of surfer sea turtles, short-sighted whale sharks, lethargic sea lions and a blue whale bereft of confidence. Her journey takes her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservation hub for ocean dwellers. Her mission: reunite her family by saving her Mom and Dad from captivity.
The undersea world of Finding Dory is a stunningly beautiful place, with majestic swaying fields of kelp, pulsing coral reefs and shimmering schools of fish – but danger also lurks around every corner, despite the film, unusually, not having a major villain. Keep an eye out for Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill as Hank, a dastardly octopus who becomes an ally to Dory, carrying her around in everything from a sippy cup to a coffee pot and camouflaging himself against some hysterically-funny backdrops. There’s also the ominous voice of Sigourney Weaver as the omniscient ‘ruler’ of the Marine Life Institute.
Keep an eye on the credits, too, where Hank returns for a cameo and another fan favourite pops in at the end for a final laugh.
Finding Dory is the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time – and it’s easy to see why, mixing slapstick fun for the kids with a deeper message about belonging and dealing with being different, for older fans.