Hoyts Melbourne Central - Sunday 19 June 2016, 12:40pm
Running time: 110m
Country: United States
Classification: G (Some scenes may scare young children)
Release date: 16/06/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
A year after Nemo (Hayden Rolence) was found, his Pacific regal blue tang friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) begins to get flashbacks about the parents she became separated from some time earlier. Going on a quest to find them she finds herself at the Marine Life Institute in California with her new cranky octopus companion Hank (Ed O'Neill). Nemo and his father Marlin (Albert Brooks) go on an epic quest to rescue their friend.
Finding Dory is Pixar's sequel to their 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo. Naturally the animation is clean and atmospheric with lighting used to great effect. The voice cast is a bit of a who's who (look out for Sigourney Weaver as herself) and it's a fun and clever script. The plot is dark in places but those moments don't last long; younger viewers won't be too traumatised. Ultimately it's the warmth of the relationship between Dory and Nemo and Marlin as well as Dory's quest for meaning that give this movie its soul. It's light and enjoyable and exactly what Pixar do so well.
Be sure to stick around until the end of the credits for a lovely little nod to the first film. The short which precedes it, Piper, is a delightful little film about facing your fears and is very sweet in its own right. Enjoyable. (ME)
Guest review: Anika (11) and Zara (8)
It's like a lesson about not getting lost for younger viewers and about not giving up for older viewers. Follow your dreams and they'll come true, but it takes lots of effort. I like the seals because they were really protective about their rock, even when they were asleep. The otters were really cute when they had a cuddle party and Becky the bird was funny. Families would enjoy this film 3.5/5.
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