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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Finding Dory - Finding Fun!

I always loved Finding Nemo and was excited when I  learned that Disney/Pixar was making a sequel to it. When I found out that it was going to center around Dory, I was thrilled. I loved Dory in Finding Nemo.

Finding Dory starts a year after Dory and Marlin found Nemo. Dory is still a little scatterbrained and lives alongside Marlin and Nemo. When on a field trip, Dory gets remembers that she has a family and where she came from.

This leads to an adventure to find her parents. With the help of some friends Dory starts making her way across the ocean to the Marine Life Institute in Morro Bay California. Along the way, there are adventures and fun.

When Dory finally gets to the Marine Life Institute, she remembers that is where she lived and that her parents are probably still there. She makes a new friend called Hank, an octopus who helps Dory find her way around. Dory also finds her childhood friend, Destiny, a whale shark with eye problems.

Dory finds out that her parents are no longer at the Institute but when Marlin and Nemo are taken away to be transferred to Cleveland, Dory finds that Marlin and Nemo are her family as well. After an exciting rescue, everything turns out well. I won't let you know the ending but I will say this is a must-see movie.

One of my favorite scenes was the Kid's Zone. I was hilarious. The animation is amazing. I could swear that some of those scenes were real. It is once again the Pixar magic. The cast that includes Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neil and Ty Burrell are wonderful. The best part though is Ellen DeGeneres. She is magnificent as Dory. She is funny and sweet and the movie works because of her.

If you love Pixar movies, you need to go out and get this one immediately. It is a great addition for your movie library!

Finding Dory swims home 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.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), the film is produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) and executive produced by John Lasseter. Victoria Strouse (“October Road”) wrote the script with Stanton. Veteran composer and longtime Stanton collaborator Thomas Newman (“Bridge of Spies,” “WALL•E,” “Finding Nemo”) created the film’s music score and singer-songwriter Sia performs the film’s end-credit song, “Unforgettable.”

Bonus features include*:
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:
Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.
The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.
What Were We Talking About? – This piece showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss.
Casual Carpool – What’s it like to commute with the voices of Marlin, Charlie, Bailey and Hank? Join “Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work.
Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
Creature Features – The cast of “Finding Dory” share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film.
Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer – “Finding Dory” character art director Jason Deamer talks about how he got to Pixar, how he draws the characters in the film, and how falling off a skateboard teaches you lessons you can use in art and life.
Dory’s Theme – A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme.
Rough Day on the Reef – Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you’ll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making “Finding Dory.”
Commentary – Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins deliver their personal perspective on “Finding Dory.”
Deleted Scenes (introduced by director Andrew Stanton)
Losing Nemo – While watching the stingray migration, Dory starts to follow two fish that remind her of her parents, leaving Nemo all alone.
Little Tension in Clown Town – In this alternate version of the film, Dory tries to "follow her fins" to her parents, but ends up in a strange place with even stranger fish fashion.
Dory Dumped – In this early version of the story, Dory's parents had short-term memory loss as well.
Sleep Swimming – Dory begins to talk and swim in her sleep, revealing what seem to be clues to her past.
Meeting Hank – Wandering the Marine Life Institute's elaborate pipe system, Dory happens upon the abode of Hank the cranky octopus.
The Pig – Frantically navigating the pipes of the Marine Life Institute in search of her parents, Dory crosses paths with a terrifying cleaning device.
Starting Over – Director Andrew Stanton presents four different versions of the movie’s opening scene to illustrate the filmmakers’ search for the best way to introduce Dory’s backstory and to connect this new film to “Finding Nemo.”
Tank Gang (Digital exclusive) – After a close encounter with a squid leaves them separated from Dory, Marlin and Nemo unexpectedly meet up with the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo,” who make it their mission to get to the Marine Life Institute … by any means necessary.
Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory (Digital exclusive) – Take a deep dive to catch secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie. And just like Hank, they’re hidden in plain sight.
Theatrical Short: Piper & Commentary
From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Bring home the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of bonus extras.


  1. Saw this in the theater and I'm not sure who laughed louder, me or the kids surrounding me. :) The scene with the seashells got to me for sure.

  2. I missed this movie in theaters. I'm glad it's coming out so soon so i can finally check it out.

  3. I haven't seen this yet, so I'd love to rent it. Thanks for posting!

  4. I love Finding Nemo. This one looks really good too. This is on my list of movies to watch!

  5. I haven't seen this yet and can't wait to watch it with my grandchildren at home. They have seen it and loved it.

  6. My niece got this movie and I watched it with her ! Really I love these movies, and oftentimes will get them for her, and have a movie night just so I can see them too :) She always has a great time having movie night, and its a nice way to share them.
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