Yes, I’m almost 22 and I most definitely went to see Finding Dory the day it hit cinemas in the UK. I tell people I took my little sister to see it, but she actually took me.
The development of animation is 100% evident in this movie, especially when looking at how it emphasises humour. Disney Pixar are able to make audiences of all ages laugh through the simplest of fishy facial expressions. The images are a pleasure to look at. This was one of my favourite aspects about Finding Nemo and I’m so happy the animators were able to create the same affect with Finding Dory. The visual palette reminds me of Rio and Rio 2; beautiful, vibrant colours to accentuate natural habitats and animal communities.
Although the film isn’t a standalone and very much rely’s on the narrative in Finding Nemo, this oceanic underworld is truly an entertaining experience. The story is predictable, yes, but its a Disney film guys, so what do you expect?
After a series of flashbacks, Dory sets out to find her little blue family after years of long lost memories. She meets a load of funky fish along the way, a big grumpy octopus and some cockney sea lions. They all assist Dory, one way or another, in reaching her goal. The strong voiced cast contribute to the narrative moving forward with humour, a narrative which focuses on the themes of identity and disability. It’s always important for movies with large young audiences to express something positive that these children can learn from and, in result, adapt to their lives. Frozen, was such a phenomenal success because it considered the notion of being different and feeling excluded from society. In Finding Dory, the protagonist is struggling with their identity because of a disability; the film teaches audiences that regardless of this disability you’re still able to achieve goals, form friendships and gain experiences.
Disney Pixar has a running interest with looking at the enigmas of the human and animal brain. Inside Out was a movie full of exciting characters that revealed the inside of a child’s mind and the variations of moods. Dory’s moods reflect on her returning memories which make her feel connected to her family, identity and home.
Go and experience Little Blue’s journey!