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Finding Dory (2016)
June 20, 2016, 12:50 am
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Director(s):  Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane
4 Stars
Finding DoryThe comic relief of Finding Nemo becomes the catalyst for a story about coping with disabilities in Finding Dory, which follows the eponymous blue tang as she searches for the parents that she forgot how she lost in the first place. The early-goings do much to dispel the impression that Dory’s short-term memory loss might be treated as a gimmick to serve the plot and simple low-brow gags. In flashback, we see Dory and her parents both in various stages of frustration—the parents are ultimately worried about her safety and happiness, and Dory knows that they are losing their patience with her. The way that Finding Dory deals with shame is crucial—the only thing holding the characters back is their failing confidence. Each character is perceived as “different” in some way, and through helping Dory they unlock their own potential. The inclusive ethos has permeated every Pixar film sense its inception, but this might be the finest and purest demonstration of that theme. As a sequel, the picture sags with uninspired callbacks (cameo appearances from characters in the first film ultimately seem like distractions from the new story being told), but the new characters are all welcome additions, with the depressive “septopus” voiced by Ed O’Neill being one of the studio’s most complex supporting players.

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