For 10 years—immediately after the release of ‘Finding Nemo’ in 2003—Ellen DeGeneres has tantalized viewers with a ‘Finding Nemo’ sequel. A few years after 2003, her talk seemed to have molded into a long-running joke between herself and her fans. In 2013 that sequel gag morphed into a millennial-dream-fulfilling reality: ‘Finding Dory’ was set to be released in 2016.
Ellen did not disappoint. ‘Finding Dory’ is full of depth, heart and of course—humor. Dory (Ellen Degeneres), who suffers from short-term memory loss, lost her family as a child. At first, her endeavor to find her parents is somewhat frustrating to watch. But those feelings are fleeting as the movie picks up and continues on to be engaging and adventurous.
Whether it be fan-favorite appearances of cuddly otters or a cranky octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), the film suits young audiences immensely. Yet, ‘Finding Dory’ seems to be a long-awaited gift—a reunion of childhood dreams—for all the millennials who fell in love with that little orange clownfish in 2003.
The movie contains gems of advice that all spans of generations can garner. By the end of the film, the overarching theme has audience-members asking themselves “What would Dory do?”. Though simple, the message of ‘Finding Dory’ is universally potent. Like Dory, not everyone has a plan, but the best things do come about by chance.
‘Finding Dory’ is as dense in heart as it is in humor. Particularly, the continuing Sigourney Weaver references, to some viewers, may be the most coveted (and unexpected) scenes of the movie. Ed O’Neill playing a grumpy octopus and Diane Keaton carrying out the role of Dory’s mom are also chuckle-worthy. It’s funny to hear the voices of such serious actors bringing life to animated fish; but, they and Pixar make it work.
As Dory always says, if you “just keep swimming,” you can do whatever you set your mind to. Ellen stuck with that mantra. And after 13 years of teasing turned negotiating, ‘Finding Dory’ emerged. The blue tang fish with short-term memory loss truly proved unforgettable.