This week I had the opportunity to check out Disney and Pixar’s newest creation: Finding Dory. This film is the sequel to Finding Nemo, released in 2003. Check out more info on Finding Nemo here. Depending what theater you go to, you can see it in standard, 3D, or Real D 3D.
My husband and I took this opportunity to have a rare date night, and went to dinner before the movie. We enjoyed a quiet meal, and had a fantastic evening! I know, it may sound a little silly for two adults to go see a Disney movie without their child, but I have no regrets!
We saw the movie in 3D, and I highly recommend it. The detail in every animal and scene was incredible. The film began with a dialogue-free digital short entitled “Piper” that evoked a lot of emotions for such a short piece! It was a great way to kick off the feature film.
Once the movie began, we met some new characters and saw some familiar faces as well. The story, as you would probably guess from the title, is focused on Dory this time. Marlin and Nemo are right along side her, but we get to learn more about Dory’s family and past. It’s a fantastic sequel, that fills in the backstory of one of the main characters from the original movie.
My husband never saw “Finding Nemo”, so he wasn’t sure if he would be able to enjoy “Finding Dory” – but he did! That was one of my favorite things about this movie, the plot was solid enough to enjoy and follow whether you’d recently seen the prequel, haven’t seen it in a while, or never seen it at all!
As we all know, the quality of sequels can easily fall short of the first movie, but, in my opinion, this one didn’t. I loved learning more about Dory and getting a glimpse into her life, without losing the wit and snark of Nemo and the vigilance and wisdom of Marlin.
Here’s the synopsis from Disney:
“Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.”
Here are some free, fun, and educational materials to go along with the movie:
- Finding Dory Activity Packet – including information, crafts, coloring sheets and more!
- Finding Dory Educator’s Guide – includes common core standards, and a six-unit lesson on ocean animals!
- Responsible Fish Ownership Guide – a document to help you choose the right pet fish!
Swim on over to their website here to find all this and more!
It hits theaters on Friday, June 17, 2016. Please come back and comment with your thoughts on the move once you’ve seen it! Enjoy!