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An Animation Review of Finding Dory

Finding Dory International poster Disney

After thirteen years of waiting we finally find out what Dory’s background story is in Finding Dory, released June 17, 2016. Dory, the Blue Tang fish, played a key role in Finding Nemo.  Dory suffers from short term memory loss which was emphasized in Finding Nemo.  This is her inner disability that keeps her from knowing her family and her past life.  In this newly released Disney Pixar film “Finding Dory”, we are mesmerized by the new technology that Pixar utilizes in creating almost real backgrounds of the ocean and movement of sea life.



Piper Finding Dory Pixar ShortPreceding Finding Dory in the theater, the Pixar short film entitled Piper was amazing!  The film documented the life of a Sanderling bird and how it learns to find food.  Pixar out did itself in this short, with the fine detail of tiny grains of sand and the flow of ocean water – it looked so real on the big screen. A must see by all, and I cannot wait to see what Pixar does with this new technology they have developed.

The story of Dory takes place one year after Nemo is found and rescued from an orthodontist’s office and escapes being the inevitable gift of a new fish to the orthodontist’s niece Darla.  (If you look closely, during the scene in the quarantine building you can see a picture of Darla with her dead clown fish hanging on the wall.)  After thirteen years, the Pixar team has truly outdone itself in creating a believable feeling of being under the ocean and part of the fishes’ world.  (Also, if you look closely at the pink coral, you can see a Hidden Mickey.)

Pixar has definitely worked on developing the imagery of seascapes over the past decade.  The scenes where the fish are above sea level and looking over the water are truly beautiful.  At first glance, I thought it was a real shot of water with animated fish added into the scene.  Not only did the seascapes look real, but the detail on every fish was amazing.  Even the scenes with the seals on the rock showed the seals breathing. That being said, I highly recommend everyone, young and old, go see Finding Dory.  Even if you missed Finding Nemo, this movie reminds the audience of the original movie and what happened to Nemo and how his father, Marlin, and Dory found him.

Andrew Review of Finding DoryOverall, this movie has a happy feeling as we watch Dory grow up and, eventually, go on a journey halfway around the world to discover where she came from.  At times, I felt worried thinking, “what if her parents are gone when she gets back home?”.  A couple of times I was startled with some of the big and unexpected scenes.

I am hopeful that the Pixar team behind Finding Nemo and Finding Dory will make another movie, but focusing on the fish from the fish tank of Orthodontist P. Sherman at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.

Be sure to stay in your seat after the movie is over.  You will not want to miss the ending after all of the movie credits have scrolled. By the time the final credits rolled while I was at the movie, there were only five other people in the theater.  *Small Spoiler alert* It was fun to see what happened to Nemo’s tank friends from the first movie.  Remember this is a Pixar film and they love to have little story feature at the very end.  But for all of you that left once the credits started to roll – shame on you – you missed a great wrap up from the Finding Nemo movie.  Oh, but you probably left before that movie really ended, too.

(Finding Dory poster and Piper Short screen shot are the property of Disney/Pixar.  Video credit to Ellen Show/Disney/Pixar.  Other photo from the author’s personal collection.)


Disney on WheelsAndrew is an 18-year-old high school graduate from Ohio. He was born with cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair.  He has been to both US Disney parks, several D23 events and is a DCL Gold Castaway Club member. If you would like to contact him feel free to e-mail him at arprince@bex.net or look him up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/andrew.prince.7161 and on Twitter https://twitter.com/Andrew1arp