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23 Jun 2016

Darling 'Dory': The 'Finding Nemo' Sequel Is Heartwarming and Fun

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A scene from Finding Dory. A scene from Finding Dory.

The sequel to Finding Nemo is a bit darker than its predecessor, with Ellen DeGeneres returning as the voice of Dory, the lovable fish with short-term memory issues.

An event triggers a memory of family in her little brain, and she sets off on a journey to find her mom and dad (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). Pals Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) join Dory on her quest, which culminates at an aquarium/amusement park that is graced with voice announcements by the actual Sigourney Weaver. Dory winds up in a pond, in a bucket of dead fish, and swimming around inside a lot of dark pipes.

In some ways, Finding Dory is to Finding Nemo what The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars: It’s a darker, slightly scarier chapter. However, it still delivers on the heartwarming elements, and contains some good laughs, many of them provided by Ed O’Neill as the voice of a conniving octopus. We also find out how and why Dory can speak whale, as she reconvenes with an old friend, Destiny the Whale Shark (Kaitlin Olson).

Overall, Finding Dory is not as good as the first chapter, but it’s still good, and DeGeneres rules as the voice of Dory. Her voicing of Dory definitely goes into the Animation Voices Hall of Fame.

Make sure to stay all the way through the credits for a rather lengthy final scene!

Finding Dory is playing at theaters across the valley.

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