Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Finding Dory

The summer blockbuster hit, Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory,” swims home just in time for the holidays on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Oct. 25 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 15. Viewers can watch Dory’s hilarious and heartwarming quest to find her family and continue the underwater adventure with hours of immersive bonus features.

The film’s playful and plentiful bonus offerings include “Piper,” the theatrical short film starring an irresistible sandpiper hatchling; an all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute; a behind-the-scenes look at the most challenging character Pixar has ever created; never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo” who make it their mission to get Marlin and Nemo to the Marine Life Institute; and much, much more. 

“Finding Dory” features an all-star voice cast, reuniting Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) and Albert Brooks (“This is 40”) as Dory and Marlin, the ever-optimistic blue tang and the uptight but loyal clownfish. Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) lends his voice to “septopus” Hank, Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) voices whale shark Destiny, and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) gives voice to beluga whale Bailey. Dory’s doting parents Charlie and Jenny are portrayed by Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Diane Keaton (“Love the Coopers”), and 12-year-old Hayden Rolence (“Beta Persei”) steps in as Nemo, the young clownfish with a lucky fin.

Thirteen years after the original, audiences get a new chapter in the story of their favorite forgetful blue tang. As returning director Andrew Stanton describes, “I realized that I was worried about Dory. The idea of her short-term memory loss and how it affected her was unresolved. What if she got lost again?” His response is a touching tale of friendship and family that’s truly unforgettable … perhaps even for Dory.

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My Thoughts

Finding Dory is the long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. In this new film, forgetful Dory remembers that she has parents out there somewhere. Realizing that they  must be looking for her, she sets out to find them. Nemo and Marlin are willing to help, but it's not long before the trio is separated. Eventually, they make their way to an aquarium where Dora befriends a grumpy octopus and finds her long lost whale best friend. Together with her new friends, Dora tries to find her way back to her Marlin and Nemo and find her parents. There are lots of hilarious antics along the way, and a touching reunion. 

When Finding Nemo first came out, my teenagers were just babies. While they've outgrown most of the kids' shows, this was one movie that all four of my children wanted to see. From 5 to 16, it was a favorite for everyone. So many sequels don't live up to the original, but that wasn't the case with this film. Ellen really brings Dory to life, and all the new additions to the story were great. I especially loved the blind whale at the aquarium.  Finding Dory is sure to become a classic, and it's a film everyone should have in their collection.


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