I had high expectations for "Finding Dory". I love most of Pixar's films, and "Finding Nemo" is among my favorites. On top of that, Dory was my favorite character from that film, therefore I knew that I would enjoy it.
Like I mentioned in my review for "Finding Nemo", Pixar is known for blending emotion and humor in their films. "Finding Nemo" was a perfect blend of both, however I felt that this one skewed more towards the humorous side. Yes, Dory's quest to find her parents provided some heartwarming, emotional moments, however I felt that there were not nearly as many as there were in the predecessor. I think that part of this feeling comes from the fact that "Finding Nemo" had much more of a sense of urgency than "Finding Dory".
The characters in this film were still very well-developed. Obviously, the audience still has the attachment to Nemo and Marlin from the first film, and to a somewhat lesser extent, to Dory, however the opening scene further develops Dory into a character that we care even more for. Throughout the film, I was expecting characters from the opening scene to return, such as a cameo voiced by Bill Hader, but they did not. Dory was obviously great in this film, and is still my favorite character. My favorite new addition to the film was Hank, played by Ed O'Neill. He was a funny and likable character, and was one of the most dynamic characters in the film, which I like very much. He also added some great comedic relief, which was hilarious.
A side note, I absolutely loved the short film "Piper", which screened before the film. It also had both funny and heartwarming moments. The animation is absolutely beautiful, as is the story, so make sure that you get there in time to watch it.
So overall, I really enjoyed "Finding Dory". It was even funnier than the first film, however it did not have quite as many emotional spots. It is definitely a worthy sequel.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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