Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Angus MacLane,the screenplay was co-written by Victoria Strouse and Stanton. The film is a sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo and features the reprised voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, as well as the new voices of Hayden Rolence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, and Eugene Levy. Finding Dory focuses on the amnesiac fish Dory, who journeys to be reunited with her parents. Along the way, she is captured and taken to a California public aquarium, from which Marlin and Nemo attempt to rescue her.
I wasn’t going to see this film at the movies, but With a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes I gave in and went. Turns out to be a great film. Ellen DeGeneres is even better here than the original. Playing a fish with short term memory loss, she goes from crazy kinetic to some very touching moments near the end. The best aspect of the film is the story, just when you think it’s winding down to a conclusion, in comes a few plot turns and everything gets very ‘Mission Impossible’ before a predictable ending.
As usual, the GCI is brilliant, the water effects being very realistic.
The film was proceeded by a short called ‘Piper’ about a bird. So effective and realistic was the CGI, the opening scenes looked to be actual photography on a beach.
The animal designers made the animals very anthropomorphic. This did stretch credibility a bit, especially the larger fish (notably the shark and whale). However the Octopus was the best designed and possibly the best animated animal I have seen in a CGI movie.