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Finding Dory

2016

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  • Jettisons all of the characters I most enjoyed in Nemo (apart from a cameo following the end credits, which is spoiled for anyone who actually reads the end credits, since Dafoe &c. appear in the cast list) and doubles down on the family-is-everything mawkishness, which is really starting to seem like emotional pandering.

  • Partly due to its heady, somewhat devastating invocations of Dory's distress, Finding Dory takes time to develop its comedic rhythm. Many of the original's supporting characters reappear in a series of busy, lackluster callbacks, but a new school of secondary players add fresh life to another formulaic journey home.

  • Although Dory, with her breathless stream-of-consciousness patter, is unavoidably likable, the cast of supporting characters here may be even better. Ed O’Neill supplies the voice of Hank, a selfish, irascible octopus who uses his gift for camouflage in some outlandish ways—when we first see him, he’s masquerading as the dangling kitten in the classic Hang in there! poster, a juxtaposition of weird visual ideas that shouldn’t go together at all but qualifies as a small flash of genius.

  • Sugar-coated didacticism has worked for Disney for years – and Pixar, which of course has been owned by Disney since 2006, may be slowly growing more like its corporate parent. Finding Dory is totally fun, and vaguely depressing.

  • It's harrowing. Finding Dory is one of the most devastating things Pixar has made — all while often being even bouncier than Finding Nemo... Amid all the fun, Finding Dory enters into an interesting dialogue with its predecessor. In Nemo, Dory's forgetfulness was often the (gentle) butt of jokes, so by plunging us into a story where this memory loss is now a grave concern, the sequel subtly interrogates the original.

  • Andrew Stanton’s follow-up to Finding Nemo dares to be good—and that’s what makes it such great fun. Finding Dory doesn’t replay the same notes as the first film, and it doesn’t push for homey wisdom. By developing the logic behind the character of his beloved heroine, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang fish with short-term memory loss, Stanton arrives at a concoction that’s equally warm and witty.

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    Sight & Sound: Violet Lucca
    July 08, 2016 | August 2016 Issue (p. 79)

    A perfectly wonderful but not earth-shattering entry to the Pixar pantheon, Andrew Stanton's Finding Dory returns to the themes of parental love and worry in 2003's Finding Nemo and embroiders them with more advanced, winsome animation.

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