A sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory stars the world’s most forgetful fish that we could not forget; the charming Dory. Since we have last seen her, Dory has been living with Marlin & Nemo; looking after Nemo and chaperoning school field trips. However, it seems her welcome is wearing thin within her fish community and Dory begins to wonder where she fits in. She’s helped Marlin and Nemo reunite as a family, but what of her own?
The trio embark on a journey across the sea to find Dory’s home. Along the way Dory is triggered by key phrases or events that revive memories of her parents and her life with them. We learn how much they loved her, the ways the dealt with her short term memory, how she thrived with them, how they became separated for so long, and how, despite the years that past, Dory had been looking for them right until the moment she swam into Marlin. We meet childhood friends and make new acquaintances. Ed O'Neill’s Hank, the grumpy, gruff, camouflaging octopus stands out and makes a great foil for Dory.
The animation and 3D effects employed by Pixar are nearly beyond reproach. Finding Dory is so stunning, you could watch a muted version of the film and still be entranced by the animation, the colors, and the incredible thought that must have gone into creating the right shade, light, and depth of different kinds of water alone! There are unexpected setbacks, teamwork making the dream work, and even a car chase, but theme of family; how your chosen and your blood related can be equally important, is truly touching. You probably never thought you’d feel the corner of your eyes prick over the family dynamics and bittersweet recollections of Blue Tang fish with anterograde amnesia, but here we are.