Directors: Andrew Stanton et Angus MacLane.
Writers: Andrew Stanton et Victoria Strouse.
Producer: Lindsey Collins.
Composer: Thomas Newman.
Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios et Walt Disney Pictures.
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures.
U.S. release date: 17 Juin 2016.
Running time: 1h35.
Budget : Unknown.
World gross: Unknown.
U.S. gross: Unknown.
Dory suddenly starts to recover memories from her childhood. She sets out to find her family and arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute where she meets Hank, an octopus who will guide her through her personal adventure.
About the movie.
Dory : Ellen DeGeneres.
Marlin : Albert Brooks.
Nemo : Hayden Rolence.
Hank : Ed O'Neill.
Jenny : Diane Keaton.
Charlie : Eugene Levy.
Bailey : Ty Burrell.
Destiny : Kaitlin Olson.
Deb : Vicki Lewis.
Gill : Willem Dafoe.
The Finding Dory project was originally initiated by Circle 7 Animation, a division of Walt Disney Feature Animation in charge of making sequels. The studios eventually closed and the project was dropped.
It came back to life in July 2012 when information got out that the director was working on a sequel due to be released in 2016. Andrew Stanton initially denied this by stating that fans should not believe everything they read. Yet in August 2012, Ellen DeGeneres entered negotiations to reprise her role. The voice cast was also confirmed in early 2013 with the return of Albert Brooks to play Marlin. The film was officially presented at the D23 Convention in August 2015.
Andrew Stanton explained what viewers were to expect with Finding Dory :
"She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In Finding Dory, she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way. […] Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life".
Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, added:
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory".
The story was rewritten when artists saw the documentary Blackfish, which highlights the dangers and consequences of keeping orcas in captivity.
Finding Dory was initially scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015, but was replaced by The Good Dinosaur.
Fans have had to wait 13 years to go back under the sea and meet up with Nemo, Marlin and Dory once again. Finding Dory is Pixar’s fourth franchise to have been granted a sequel, after Toy Story, Cars et Monsters, Inc. Strongly desired by Disney and awaited by fans from all over the world, Finding Dory offers viewers a whole lot of new adventures.
How does one come up with a new storyline that does not emulate the pattern of the first film? Such must have been the question Andrew Stanton asked himself when taking command of this ship. He ran the risk of repeating the Cars 2 format, that is to say he focused his story on a secondary character, namely Dory. This was a bright idea since he was able to draw one of the character’s specific facets to design a whole film: Dory suddenly recovers a memory. She remembers her parents and wants to find them. Nemo and Marlin follow her on this dangerous adventure. This time, the movie does not take place under the ocean. A large portion of the film takes place inside the Marine Institute. This was the opportunity for Pixar to indulge in some indoor scenery that marks a change from the seabed. In addition to introducing us to a new setting, Stanton designed his movie by alternating between three different sequences: one with Dory, one with Nemo and Marlin, and the one introducing us to Dory’s past. Indeed, with such rhythmic editing, viewers will learn quite a lot about the little blue fish. What may come off as classic actually enables you to gain another vision of the character, including the movie itself. Dory will really have to jog her memory to fulfill her dream of seeing her family again. This inner struggle offers a brand new approach to this character. Despite her sometimes exasperating nature and excessive exuberance, here she proves far more touching that in the original film, with moods ranging from happy to sad, and she even feels guilty regarding her illness that prevents her from moving on with her life.
This is precisely what lies at stake in the film. Fans are well aware that Pixar enjoy addressing the family topic in practically all of their films. Yet with Finding Dory, they are putting forward a whole new value: that of self-confidence. The film’s subject matter will showcase Dory’s need of confidence, but also Marlin’s. This film could almost be an initiatory journey, but with a presentation which is far better handled. Viewers feel great sympathy for Dory, they want to help her overcome her issues, and the character evolves subtly and just as she should to never succumb to clichés. Those who suffer from a lack of confidence may find their moral boosted after seeing this feature.
With a new film comes a whole new array of characters (which you can look up on our website). In addition to the trio we saw in the first film, Pixar has come up with a few new characters without overdoing it, barely a few dozen, some of whom are merely anecdotal. On the other hand, the creation of a major new secondary character, namely Hank, is an absolute success. This “septopod” as Dory calls him, in the one who offers both moments of comedy and seriousness, but also beautiful moments as he also suffers from a lack of confidence. The theme returns with this character who shall have to contend with his personal issues. One may merely regret that his past was not further developed so as to understand what his motivations are. He nevertheless remains a success and is bound to become one of Pixar’s cult secondary characters.
As said earlier, the ocean is, strangely enough, not as present as one may expect. Viewers do come across familiar environments, but the bulk of the film takes place inside the Marine Institute. The scenery is good and offers a variation of atmospheres. You really feel as though you are exploring a marine institute while discovering the diversity of its wildlife. By designing this environment, Pixar also brings forward the need we have to respect the ocean. It is a shame this theme was not further probed as it was in WALL-E with Earth. One can only hope it will raise awareness. Otherwise, the rendering of the ocean is proving more and more realistic and techniques have greatly improved since Finding Nemo.
Thomas Newman has once again scored the film, as he did with Finding Nemo. The soundtrack is immaculately neat and you perfectly recognise those well-known tunes that fall within this marine world.
Pixar have therefore made a convincing comeback after The Good Dinosaur and offered fans a good sequel. Yet Finding Dory does not offer the usual dual level of interpretation as the animation studios often like to put forward. Or if it does, it is not a very in-depth one. This is a shame since the “ocean conservation” theme could have added some interesting material. Especially as Pixar changed the film’s end after watching a documentary related to the subject. The story nevertheless remains highly interesting and will delight both children and grown-ups alike. And do not forget to stay for the end credits to enjoy a scene which will offer great pleasure to those nostalgic fans of Finding Nemo.