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Finding Dory explores the depth of family & home

by Alley Shelly

Finding Dory is quit simply a-Dory-ble. Some familiar faces/voices, like Albert Brooks as Marlin, Hayden Rolence as Nemo, Andrew Stanton as Crush, and Ellen DeGeneres as Dory are back in action on the big screen just in time for Father’s Day weekend. It is a family-friendly movie that will have the kids and adults alike laughing in their seats and cheering at sea shells.

We get a look into the young blue tang “Dory“, who struggles with her short term memory loss, and her relationship with her mother & father. Dory is scared that she will forget her parents and that they could forget her. Fast forward to present day (or “Finding Nemo” era), and we see that Dory has been without her parents for a very long time – thus, she has forgotten them. A field trip with Mr. Ray to study sting ray migration is when Dory remembers her home.  She then gets some memory flashes, and a head rush when gets caught in the sting ray current. She gets knocked out, but when coming to she mumbles, “Jewel of Morro Bay, California”, which we learn is her home. And so the adventures of Dory, Marlin, and Nemo continue in the search of finding Dory’s home and family.

The cast of characters in this movie is wonderfully rounded out with such names as Sigourney Weaver, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, and Diane Keaton & Eugene Levy (as Dory’s mom & dad, respectively).

All of that being said, there are a couple of things about this movie with which I took issue.  First, the movie only really addresses the visible pollution on the California coast one time (when Dory becomes stuck in a six-pack ring).  There is a shot which shows all types of trash on the ocean floor & little to no plant life, but it’s more used to set the mood for a scary squid scene.  At one point in the movie, Hank & Dory even drive a transport truck straight into the ocean.  Who is going to clean that up?  The movie makes no mention.  The other issue I have with this movie, is the use of a bullied character (Gerald the seal, who is voiced by Torbin Xan Bullock) as a comedic device.  I feel like a bullied character should not be used in a joking matter in front of children.  Period.

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming… but watch out for the undertow.

4 fins out of 5

Release date: Jun 17, 2016 (United States)

We also have a video review here


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