Pixar is hoping to up their sequel game as they look to bring their audience back into familiar water
Finding Dory is the latest Pixar movie directed by Andrew Stanton. This sequel follows the story of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as she tries to find her long-lost family. Along the way she meets new sea creatures that help her remember.
Pixar’s animation is smooth, colourful and beautiful. They have again achieve to make the ocean seem like a fish paradise. Each scene is like a beautifully painted canvas ready to be sold. The film is so bright, so clear and so crisp that it isn’t hard to get lost in the Finding Dory universe. Even when the characters do get out of water, the animation is still gorgeous. A step up from the first, the animation has definitely age well, while still maintaining what made the original so beautiful.
Ellen DeGeneres continues to be the perfect voice for the forgetful blue tang fish. Having a main character with short-term memory lost would’ve easily have been repetitive and the jokes could’ve gotten old real quick. However, she, with help of the writers, do an incredible job of drawing a line between funny and repetitive. The writing and Ellen’s voice work blends together to create this compelling and interesting fish.
The rest of the cast is equally great. Albert Brooks is fantastic as Marlin, while the new sea creatures were all great. Ed O’Neil as Hank, the camouflaging sect-opus, was a stand out from the new cast members. Everything about him, the writing, the voice work and the animation all worked together to make him a surprisingly well-rounded character. The addition of a small back story made the audience generally care about the mean-spirited sect-opus.
Finding Dory worked well when Dory was with Hank or when the film brought its audience back into the colourful ocean. These scenes helped Finding Dory with originality and just plain prettiness. Not to say that the other parts of the film were bad, they were just less interesting and felt like been there done that moments.
It is no surprise that Finding Dory follows the same formula that Pixar has used for its other films. On top of that, the film does feel very similar to Finding Nemo as it does have some same plot points. While in some parts it works as nostalgic moments, bringing back memories of the first, sometimes it does fail to live up to the original. This does make for a competition where Pixar is competition with itself. A balance between nostalgia and originality is never fully formed. The film reminds you so much of its predecessor that in parts it’s hard not to compare. The similar premise does offer some deja-vu moments from the original and it does rely on that a bit too much.
Finding Dory‘s nostalgia is its blessing and its curse, but crisp clear colourful animation and some great voice work from Ellen DeGeneres makes it a fun trip down memory lane. When all is said and done, Pixars’ latest sequel is a successful sequel that doesn’t disappoints the Nemo fanatics.