With sequels the big question is always whether or not the film makers succeed in creating something new or just present the same concept with some minor adjustments. Pixar has had some success in the sequel department; notably with Toy Story 3. Innovation wise they did a great job with Cars 2 to bring a completely new story even though the story may have been a bit far fetched and over the top for the typical younger viewer. Unfortunately, Finding Dory only adds with new entertaining characters. The story is the same thing all over: fish tries to find family and experiences all sorts of hazardous moments in the process.
In Finding Dory our beloved character from Finding Nemo, Dory, starts to remember bits and pieces of her childhood and decides to set about and find her parents. With the help of the not so helpful squid Hank and the much more accommodating whale Destiny she explores the lagunas that may or may not hold her parents. Of course, Marlin and Nemo could not be excluded from this story and after Dory runs off they go after her in order to reason with her and bring her back home.
Pixar once again delivers great ocean views and additionally some insight in the ostensible thoughts of fish that are forced to live in captivity. For the adult viewer, however, the lack of originality will likely make it a drag to sit through for the kids. Granted, there are some moments that made me pink away a tear or two, but this can be attributed to the excellent way in which the creators have and always will be able to to convey emotions in non-human characters rather than the brilliancy of the movie in itself.
Colorful. Memorable and familiar characters. These two make the movie a great success for children. As many Pixar movies it is cheery and uplifting despite it’s grim tone at some points. Ellen DeGeneres brings Dory to life once again, and again does a heck of a job. Dory’s forgetfulness is likely what keeps the happy tone alive; in a way there is a continuous reset button.
As a follow-up to Inside Out this movie shrivels into nothingness. Without a great message for young and old alike, apart from the importance of family, blood related or not, it has no moralistic significance. It’ll be great entertainment for your kids, but don’t expect too much out of it yourself.