AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY SHE PROBABLY WON’T REMEMBER.
One year after the events of Finding Nemo (2003), Dory begins to remember a few things about how she got separated from her parents; together with Marlin and Nemo, she sets out to find them. This 3D sequel is stunningly beautiful, showing just how amazingly technology is moving forward. However, the story is less impressive; largely copying the original, the adventure feels more bloated this time as well. But the filmmakers still vary their locations a lot and there’s so much fun to be had that audiences are not likely to care; some of the moments are touching. Spirited performances, including Ed O’Neill as a likably grumpy octopus.
2016-U.S. Animated. 103 min. Color. Produced by Lindsey Collins. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane. Screenplay: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse. Music: Thomas Newman. Voices of Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Albert Brooks (Marlin), Ed O’Neill (Hank), Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Hayden Rolence… Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by John Lasseter. Alexander Gould, who voiced Nemo in the original, can be heard as a delivery-truck driver and his co-worker. Dafoe, Garrett and Janney appear in a post-credits scene as the characters they voiced in the first film.
Last word: “The first thing to know is nothing that we had made [on ‘Finding Nemo’] still exists. As Andrew said to someone else, it’s like trying to boot up your old computer from 13 years ago. It just doesn’t exist. So we knew going in that we were going to be rebuilding and recreating anything that we were going to be using from the first film; characters or sets. And then invariably the question comes up: How much are we going to change it? Because, to your point, the rendering and the imagery and the capabilities are so much better 13 years later. It’s always a delicate balance.” (Collins, Screen Crush)