Pixar Animation Studios review: Finding Dory

Pixar's 17th film.
Pixar’s 17th film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I am shocked with how dark this film is. They touched on disabilities pretty well in this film, and people never really take things through that perspective, so it was nice to see. Unlike some other films, they continued the story from the original film, and I…… I really like this film, and I hope it does not get disbarred from being nominated, because it is truly one of the stronger animated films. It still holds the integrity of Finding Nemo.

Production

Like Monsters University and Toy Story 3, there were plans for a sequel to Finding Nemo by Circle Animation Studios when Pixar was debating about leaving Disney for distribution, but those plans were all cancelled when Disney bought Pixar. Reports got around in mid 2012 that there is a sequel to the fifth Pixar film in the works, which Stanton denied, tweeting “Didn’t you all learn from Chicken Little? Everyone calm down. Don’t believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. #skyisnotfalling.” It was clear he was just trying to cover the fact that he was developing the project, since it was reported that Ellen DeGeneres was in negotiations to reprise her role in August of that year. He later confirmed the news, but many claimed that it was only because John Carter underperformed, so he could not make a sequel to that film, and had no choice but to come back to animation. But he claimed that the case involved timing, and not conceit, but people will believe what they want.

The conception of this film came to be after the crew rewatched its predecessor in 2010 for the 3-D re-release, and he kept on thinking about how Dory pretty much stayed the same, and it would be easy for her to get lost from the clown-fishes again. If that were the case, his parental side would want her to reunite with her family, since it was clear she was alone for a lot of her life. The thought simmered in his head for a year and a half until he pitched the story to Lasseter in early 2012, which he accepted. Overall, the leaks were true.

Victoria Strouse wrote the script for the film, and found it stressful, since having the main character carry a plot, while being extremely forgetful was obviously going to be a challenge. The production team went to various aquariums for research, and the ending was changed after the Pixar crew saw Blackfish. After watching that, they knew it was not good for whales to stay in captivity, so the ending was changed for everyone to be released (SPOILER, but you would not be here if you cared about spoilers). The film got pushed back 7 months because The Good Dinosaur was struggling with production, so they gave that film an extra year and a half, taking this film’s initial November 2015 release date.

Story 

The film starts with a few scenes in a past, which shows Dory (Ellen DeGeneres, Sloane Murray, and Lucia Geddes)  being trained by her parents Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy) how to handle her short term memory life, and to see how easy it is for her to drift off. Seeing how Dory herself, and the parents handle the situation is heartbreaking, and she mentions that she hopes that she will never forget her parents, and they will never forget her. After the credits roll, we see Dory as a child isolated from her parents, trying to ask anyone to help her find her parents. She soon starts to forget more and more about what she is looking for, and it causes everyone in the ocean to avoid her like the plague. I never realized that she spent most of her life swimming around all by herself, and how she can sometimes forget what she was saying in the middle of her sentence, which of course weird people out. We are taken to the scene in Finding Nemo, where she bumps into a frantic Marlin (Albert Brooks), and decides to help him.

A year passes, and we see how Dory has been integrated into Marlin and Nemo's life. Her home is right beside his, and she travels to drop Nemo off to his class as well. Marlin was told by Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson) that there are too many kids, meaning that she cannot go with them, since he has no time to worry about her wandering. Apparently he told her earlier, but of course, she forgets. Dory somehow interprets this as a fact that he needs help, so she forces herself to be his assistant.
A year passes, and we see how Dory has been integrated into Marlin and Nemo (Hayden Rolence)’s life. Her home is right beside his, and she travels to drop Nemo off to his class as well.
Marlin was told by Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson) that there are too many kids, meaning that she cannot go with them, since he has no time to worry about her wandering. Apparently he told her earlier, but of course, she forgets. Dory somehow interprets this as a fact that he needs help, so she forces herself to be his assistant.

After the lesson ends up turning into parents, Dory remembers that she has a family, which causes her to instantly go after them. Marlin stops her, claiming that it is too unsafe, and that California is all the way across the ocean (which she remembered as well). She wants the two of them to go with them, and I have to say that it gets a bit irritating that they keep on mentioning “last time”, what happened “last time”, and how this is “deja-vu”. Marlin decides that Spud (Andrew Stanton) and his clan of turtles is the best way to go to California, as they ride strong water currents. I was curious as to how they would handle the cameos of the previous characters in this film, and they work mostly everyone in nicely.

They end up in an area that involves a batshit crazy squid, which Dory happens to awaken. Nemo almost gets eaten by the squid, which causes Marlin to snap at her for putting them in danger, and that she’s only good at forgetting things. Dory leaves, and tries to find someone to help them. Nemo snaps at his father for making her feel worthless, and to run off, which Marlin just so happened to do to his son in the last film.

Dory swims up to the surface, and hears a voiceover of Sigourney Weaver, which is coming from a marine. The father and son soon swim onto the surface right when Dory is taken by marine biologists to the Marine Life Institute. Marlin is instantly guilt ridden for what he said, which is nice to see, since many times, the film will just ignore the big elephant in the room until the convenient end. I will comment that Nemo is kind of a know-it-all in this film, and it does get slightly annoying. I will say that it's an improvement over his character in the last film, which just involved him being a little boy who wants to grow up, and everyone to chase after.
Dory swims up to the surface, and hears a voiceover of Sigourney Weaver, which is coming from a marine. The father and son soon swim onto the surface right when Dory is taken by marine biologists to the Marine Life Institute. Marlin is instantly guilt ridden for what he said, which is nice to see, since many times, the film will just ignore the big elephant in the room until the convenient end. I will comment that Nemo is kind of a know-it-all in this film, and it does get slightly annoying. I will say that it’s an improvement over his character in the last film, which just involved him being a little boy who wants to grow up, and everyone to chase after.

Dory is put into quarantine, and ends up meeting Hank (Ed O’Neill), who wants to take her orange tag, since those animals go to Cleveland. He is convinced by Dory to help her find her parents (since she is from the marines), and we see a flashback of her being trained to get shells by her parents. The flashbacks will be a recurring presence in the film, being used to conveniently push the plot. Marlin and Nemo meet these seal lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West), who tell them that the location they are referring to is inside the building.

After intentionally falling into a bucket named Destiny, she is with a bunch of dead fish, which is used to feed a whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), who suffers from being near-sighted. Dory ends up speaking whale, and this is how Destiny realizes that she is Dory from her childhood, and that the two were friends. Apparently the both of them would speak whale through the pipes. Beluga whale Bailey (Ty Burrell) is next door to them, and he lacks echolocation due to a cuncussion. I like that these characters have their own disability that they need to use as an advantage, and to get over their insecurities regarding it.

The Finding Nemo films always has a large magnitude of weird, wacky adventure scenes to travel, and it makes it hard to take note of. The clownfishes have to imprint on a bird named Becky to get her to travel them inside. During this time, Hank and Dory end up in some sort of baby carriage to travel to where the fishes like her are. Hank finally snaps at her regarding her forgetfulness, and she calls him out for being overly negative. Long story short, Dory finds where her home is in the marine, while Nemo and Marlin end up in the quarantine area.
The Finding Nemo films always has a large magnitude of weird, wacky adventure scenes to travel, and it makes it hard to take note of it all.
The clownfishes have to imprint on a bird named Becky to get her to travel them inside. During this time, Hank and Dory end up in some sort of baby carriage to travel to where the fishes like her are. Hank finally snaps at her regarding her forgetfulness, and she calls him out for being overly negative. Long story short, Dory finds where her home is in the marine, while Nemo and Marlin end up in the quarantine area. Somehow, the abbreviation of What Would Dory Do is used to get the two out of their current jam.

Hank has his own dilemma with fearing the ocean, and interacting with other people, which is why he wants to go to Cleveland so bad. He dumps Dory in the large aquarium to find her parents, and after seeing a path of shells, she finds her home, but not her parents. It is here where all of her past memories add up, and she got split from her parents due to hearing her mother cry of worry for her daughter not being able to take care of herself. Little Dory tries to swim to them, but an undercurrent blew her through the pipes, and into the ocean. She is told that all of the blue tangs are being taken to Cleveland for their own exhibit, but are currently in quarantine. Despite being scared of going in the pipes again, she communicates with Bailey and Destiny, and they help her get to quarantine through whale language.

Nemo and Marlin are in the pipes as well, and Bailey is worried because he thinks some animal attacked her (which he saw through his vision powers), only to learn the truth soon after. Hank reunites with the three of them, and is dumped into the tank that contains all of the blue tangs, and they tell her that Charlie and Jenny left years ago; right after Dory was taken. We are under the illusion that her parents are dead, and we know that they aren’t, since……. this film would have been a waste of time. Hank grabs Dory, which causes the clownfish to be stuck on a train to Cleveland. Hank is captured by the workers (who have been looking for him for eons), and Dory ends up back into the ocean after having a panic attack.

This is the point in the film where everything is at its lowest, and for this particular film, she is freaking about about everyone being taken from her. A bunch of shells are seen, and she follows it, which of course causes her to reunite with her parents. The moment is very nice, though I could have done without the false "they're dead" plot, since it was obvious that would never happen.
This is the point in the film where everything is at its lowest, and for this particular film, she is freaking about about everyone being taken from her. A bunch of shells are seen, and she follows it, which of course causes her to reunite with her parents. The moment is very nice, though I could have done without the false “they’re dead” plot, since it was obvious that would never happen.

Charlie and Jenny tell her to not apologize, since she found them, which the both of them knew she would. It is why they stayed right there, and made countless shell paths. After the reunion is over with, she tells them that Marlin and Nemo are in danger, and they need to save the two, since they are her new family. Dory calls out for Destiny, and she gets over her fear of going into the ocean by jumping in it with Bailey. It is nice to see the two get along and support one another for once. The seals soon join them, and all of the animals are doing anything to save Hank, Nemo and Marlin.

If anyone knows me, they know that I hate to summarize the climax scene, since it is just action, delay, struggle, so on and so forth for a very fast-paced 10 minutes. Dory tells Destiny to flip her on the road, and long story short, it caused Marlin and Nemo to be saved, while Dory and Hank were trapped in the trunk. It got overtly wacky, with Hank and Dory driving…….. I can’t with this sequence. The truck is driven into the ocean, with all of the blue tangs released, and all of the animals rejoice. Epilogue time, and we see Hank replace My. Ray for a substitute teacher, with Bailey and Destiny helping out with the kids as well. Charlie and Jenny swam off, and the last sequence involved Marlin and Dory looking at the ocean off the edge.

Honestly, I will say that this is one of my favourite Pixar films. As a person who has a disability, and seeing how people react to me in real life makes it really touching to me, and it captured a theme that is NEVER touched upon heavily in animation. While it would have been nice if the film was a bit slower, and the climax was not as wacky, this could have been one of the best films overall. This is a good sequel to Finding Nemo, and it is pretty close to living up to that quality. This was the PERFECT time to end the Pixar canon reviews with, and I am glad that it exists.
Honestly, I will say that this is one of my favourite Pixar films. As a person who has a disability, and seeing how people react to me in real life makes it really touching to me, and it captured a theme that is NEVER touched upon heavily in animation. While it would have been nice if the film was a bit slower, and the climax was not as wacky, this could have been one of the best films overall. This is a good sequel to Finding Nemo, and it is pretty close to living up to that quality. This was the PERFECT time to end the Pixar canon reviews with, and I am glad that it exists. The characters are all likable, mostly have their own plot going through it, and the story always had something going on with it. Better than Monsters University and Cars 2, and I would even debate that it is up there with Toy Story 2 and 3. It ended the journey of Marlin, Nemo, and Dory perfectly, though since this franchise currently made more than the Toy Story franchise in the box office, I would not be shocked if there is another sequel to this eventually.

Characters

What I will say about the characters is that it seems that they are all self-realized, especially the older characters regarding to the franchise they are in. Some might have an issue with it, since they are a bit too similar, but I am not shocked with anything. I do enjoy the newer characters, and they all had their own sense of charm and humor to them, so they were definitely welcome additions.

dory
This film really gave a darker perspective to Dory and her story, which was glazed over in the first film. Loneliness, everyone ignoring her, and learning what she really thinks about her disorder, and how others get irritated with her condition. It is not a bad thing, but it just gave a completely new depth to her character, and Ellen pulls it off completely. If I can combine all three of the main characters, and look at both films, Dory is the best character, and it is because of this film.
marlin
Now it is time to talk about the clownfish. Marlin is pretty much as paranoid as he was in the first film, and wants to stop Dory from finding her family at first. When his son is almost eaten, he lashes out at her and her mentality, and he does feel bad for it. He is genuinely guilty, sorry, and wants to make things right with Dory, so he was not that bad. If I were to be honest, he was an outlier compared to Nemo and Dory.
nemo
For some reason, I never really got Dory’s purpose in the first film, but I finally realize that it’s because she is another version of Nemo, and this is why the two have this very strong bond throughout this film. Both of them have disabilities that people judge and baby them for, both knows how that feels, and THAT is why Nemo never doubts, judges, or is mat at her throughout the entire film. In this sense, it makes sense for Dory to get a sequel, since their parents were overly paranoid, and have to deal with losing their child. Now as to him as a character, he is kind of a know-it-all, which is fine, since he is given more character.
jenny
I separated Dory’s parents for a future post. Anyways, I believe Jenny is the more worrisome one out of the parents, since she is the one who cries in secret to her husband about their daughter.

 

charlie
Charlie and his wife are pretty similar, but I will say that he is a bit more comedic and loofy compared to his wife.
Hank is honestly very similar to Marlin; both are sarcastic, serious, and easily irritable, but he is moreso comic relief. Hank has an insecurity about the ocean.
Hank is honestly very similar to Marlin; both are sarcastic, serious, and easily irritable, but he is moreso comic relief. Hank has an insecurity about the ocean.

 

destiny
Destiny is Dory’s old friend from the aquarium when they were children, and she has her own disability as well. She wants to go into the ocean, but her foggy sight causes her to be anxious and insecure about it.
bailey
Bailey is extremely dramatic, which causes a great contrast with Destiny. He has some sort of power that causes him to see sights that are nearby, without him being physically present.

Animation

I do not know if it is because its predecessor has animation that stood the test of time, or that this film’s animation has not evolved that much, but I do not have much to say about it. Pixar is one of the only companies to portray underwater in motion, and the animals have realistic designs. Kind of standard.

Music

The music was composed by Pixar regular Thomas Newman, and he did a pretty good job. Very melodic, with a lot of instruments from the orchestra to give a more oceanic feeling to it. It ranges from very comforting and light, to heavy and emotional whenever the plot requires it. Pretty similar music to its predecessor though, which isn’t really a bad thing.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on June 17th, 2016, it made $486,188,497 domestically, and $540,123,232 in other territories, with a worldwide total of $1,026,311,729. It is the second Pixar film after Toy Story 3 to reach a billion dollars in the box office, and is the second highest-grossing Pixar film. As of right now, it is the second highest-grossing film of 2016, the highest-grossing animated film of 2016, and is the twenty-third highest-grossing film of all time. It also has the largest opening ever for an animated film.

It did well critically (big shocker), with many claiming that it continued the story of the predecessor with the same entertainment and some claimed that it was more emotional than its predecessor. Overall, people are glad it exists, though no one was really asking for a sequel to Finding Nemo. It might suffer regarding awards due to that damn Moana.

Reception Today

The film was released 6 months ago…… the reputation has not changed. It has won two Teen Choice Awards so far, but that’s really it. Also, since Andrew Stanton is a troll, he claimed that hints in the end of the film might hint at another sequel. Whomever hates Pixar and their sequels will hate this film, but the people who like it, still like it.

Final Score

Story: 8/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 7.5/10

= 32.5/40 = 81%

Next time…

Pixar Animation Studios conclusion: December 15th, 2016.
Pixar Animation Studios conclusion: December 23rd or 24th, 2016, since Sunday is Christmas.
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10 thoughts on “Pixar Animation Studios review: Finding Dory

  1. Well, I think you’re the person I know who likes the movie the most! I mean, I like it, but I didn’t think it was amazing. And I don’t know if I’d describe the movie as being “dark”, but I understand what you mean.

    Kudos to you for loving this film!

    1. Thanks. It wasn’t that dark, but it was a lot darker than I was expecting it to be. Maybe it’s because they really emphasized her mental illness. It’s for sure not one of the best films, and I understand why people dislike it. It seems like people are a lot easier on the Toy Story franchise for having a lot of the same faults.

  2. For me, alongside Inside Out, this is probably one of the better Pixar movies I’ve seen since Ratatouille. Do I think it’s better than its predecessor? No. Is it a film I would watch over and over? Probably not. But I do think one re-watch is in order because I kind of zoned out in some parts of the movie (I was kinda tired and couldn’t pay too much attention as a result).

    I do love Hank. I love the interactions between him and Dory and I think they play off of one another so well. Though I will say, I REALLY missed the seagulls, even though they did appear very briefly at the end. The loons were fun, but I loved the seagulls more and do wish they had more of a presence in the movie.

    What will you do next?????? We shall see.

    1. I don’t know how much rewatchability it will have on me, but at the moment, it’s pretty nice. It is probably my favourite since Ratatouille, with Toy Story 3 maybe being a close second. Oevrall, I prefer most of the earlier movies. I was kind of weary about the acmeos, since if every single cameo character from the last film did the same thing in this film, it would have made it even more of a retread.

      Well, I’m, going to analyze animated couples, friendships, talk about animation history, trends, that type of stuff. Might rewatch some of the films I reviewed to write an Update post or something. Thanks for your support.

  3. I remember when this film was announced, I wasn’t really that excited about it. Finding Nemo was a great stand alone film and the story was complete. There was nothing in the film that really indicated there would be any more adventures. It was pretty obvious that the only reason this film was being made is because John Carter bombed at the box office and Andrew Stanton had no choice but to go back to Pixar. So my expectations for this film weren’t really that high, but the more information I heard about the film, the more I stated to become optimistic about it. Although there was a part of me that was still worried that this film would end up being like Cars 2.

    So when I did watch this film, it absolutely shocked me. This film is basically Cars done right. I was worried I would find Dory really annoying. Most of the time when the comic relief character is the main character, it almost never works. Comic relief characters work in small doses and it’s very easy to have a comic relief character overstay their welcome. But they managed to make Dory really likeable and I was really invested in her journey. This film showed me that Pixar has learned from their mistakes with Cars 2. This film is the reason why I am willing to give Toy Story 4 a chance. Before I watched this film, I was completely against Pixar making Toy Story 4, but after I watched it, it gave me some hope for that film. Great review as always and I’m looking forward to your conclusion blog!

    1. Thanks, and I was pretty much like you when this was first announced. It just sounded…….. odd, and Stanton’s comments on social media and the press were a bit fishy to say the least. Pixar is slowly learning, and I hope we won’t have to eat our words next year. There doesn’t seem to be any chaotic news, like there was with The Good Dinosaur and Brave, so they might be getting out of this minor runt. Maybe because I had no expectations for Finding Dory is why I was so impressed, and it could have easily been Cars 2. I was completely against Toy Story 4 as well, but now I’m looking forward to it more than The Incredibles 2. The decade will end like it started; How to Train Your Dragon vs Toy Story.

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