Last night I sat down to watch Finding Dory with Greg. We both love Finding Nemo (I remember full-on ugly crying the first time I saw it when Nemo’s laying on the bottom of the ocean after Dory, the other fish and him have escaped from the fishing net, so a sequel was always going to find it hard to live up to it’s predecessor.

The cast boasts an incredible line-up of talent in the supporting cast with Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Idris Elba and even Sigourney Weaver making a cameo appearance while reuniting the original Dory and Marlin (Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks respectively) and newcomer Hayden Rolence as Nemo (after voicing the character in the Disney Infinity series).

The action takes place a year on from the first movie with Dory having a dream about her parents and setting out to find her family. Needless to say the movie is a rollercoaster of emotions including run-ins with a near-sighted whale shark, a beluga whale who has lost his echolocation and an East Pacific red octopus mainly set in an Epcot-like Marine Life Institute with a main tank that looks a lot like the one in The Seas with Nemo.

The movie was beautifully animated and had a great soundtrack. I really like the changes in colour palette between the initial ocean scene, the marine life centre, the water that Dory ends up in after she is emptied back into the ocean and the main tank.

Overall the movie didn’t pull me in quite as much as Finding Nemo but the beginning sequence with Dory as a little Blue Tang who has a “remembery problem” was suitably heart-breaking (along with her huge beautiful eyes!) with her story of being sucked through the pipes and the emotional end sequence with the pebbles and her parents, and her realisation that family is more than DNA. I do wish there’d been a more definite ending as opposed to it just fading out when there could have been a nice scene with Dory and Marlin, or Dory and her parents, Dory and Nemo…. you get the point.

Have you seen Finding Nemo? What did you think?

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