Finding Dory Movie Review

I glanced over to my husband to the left of me and then over to the right to my daughter. All three of us had tears streaming, STREAMING down our cheeks. What’s going on Disney/Pixar! You’re making us cry. We’ve been waiting 13 long years for the sequel to the hit film Finding Nemo (released in 2003) and Finding Dory didn’t disappoint! It’s funny and emotive. It’s warm and meaningful. It’s beautiful and richly animated. We cried, but we also laughed – a lot. I think for me, as a parent, Finding Dory hit me in a soft spot, and that is how I found myself watching a kids movie with watery eyes. Was it as a good as Finding Nemo? That is often the question I’m asked. In a nutshell, Finding Dory continues the story telling from the previous story, and yet certainly holds its own. I thought the story wonderful, however I don’t think the story telling was quite as seamless as in compared with Finding Nemo, and no doubt a fabulous watch. Big thumbs up from me.

Finding Dory Movie Review

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The Story

Finding Dory follows the story of the forgetful and sweet blue tang fish Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) on a journey to find her parents. The movie starts in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, one year after the conclusion of Finding Nemo. Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Dory are living happily in the reef when Dory suddenly has memory flashes of her mum and dad.  The trio travel to the Marine Life Institute in California to find Dory’s mum (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy).  Along the way, they meet fresh fun characters like Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cranky octopus, Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is unsure about his echolocation skills and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), and a whale shark who can’t see very well.

The Characters

Dory & Mum and Dad (Charlie & Jenny): Pacific Blue Tang

This is baby Dory – who is the cutest thing in the entire movie – with her parents Charlie and Jenny. Finding Dory explores the  lovely and moving back story which gives the story and characters a new depth. 

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Finding Dory - Blue Tang

via Dreamstime – Blue Tang

Nemo and Marlin: Percula Clownfish

Marlin and Nemo are BACK!


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via Dreamstime – Percula Clownfish

Hank: Giant Pacific Octopus

Hank is a bit of reluctant hero in the film. Like Dory does best, she lightens up this cantankerous “septopus” (he only has 7 tentacles).

Hank from Finding Dory - Giant Pacific Octopus

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via Dreamstime – Giant Pacific Octopus

Bailey: Beluga Whale

Meet Dory’s new friend! Bailey is a Beluga whale who has trouble with his echolocation. He lives at the Marine Life Institute.

"Finding Dory" introduces new characters to the big screen, including a whale shark named Destiny who's nearsighted, and a beluga whale named Bailey who thinks his biological sonar skills are on the fritz. Featuring Kaitlin Olson as the voice of Destiny and Ty Burrell as the voice of Bailey, "Finding Dory" opens on June 17, 2016. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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via Dreamstime – Beluga Whale

Destiny: Whale Shark

Destiny is Bailey’s neighbour in the Marine Life Institute. She has a bit of trouble with her eyesight. She has a connection with Dory as a baby.


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via Dreamstime – Whale Shark

Crush: Green Sea Turtle

Crush makes an appearance. 


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via Dreamstime – Green Sea Turtle

Becky: Common Loon

Becky is a bit wacky but she has an important role to play.


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via Dreamstime – Common Loon

Fluke and Rudder: California Sea Lions

Fluke and Rudder are kings of this rock. Or are they?


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via Dreamstime – California Sea Lions

Mr. Ray: Spotted Eagle Ray

Mr Ray is still teaching in the reef. 


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via Dreamstime – Spotted Eagle Ray

Otters: Sea Otters

Watch out for the adorable appearance of the sea otters.

otter finding dory

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via Dreamstime – Sea Otters

The Animation

If I had to describe the animation in one word: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. And I wouldn’t expect anything less from Pixar. I recently snorkelled myself in the Great Barrier Reef off Hamilton Island and it’s amazing to see how the animators captured the water in the ocean, and how it’s different in lights/depths etc. Just incredible. 

The Message

It’s the message of Finding Dory that brought me to tears! I won’t spoil it, but there an undercurrent to the movie about family, friendship, unconditional love and the beauty of embracing difference. I’ll just say this: Jenny and Charlie are my new parenting heroes! 


I would say children (and adults) of all ages would enjoy the movie. It’s rated G in Australia, although it does have a warning about scary scenes potentially frightening small children. However, I would say it’s on par with Finding Nemo in terms of the scariness factor (none of my children 8-14 thought it scary).

The Ending

It was just right. I loved it. 

Finding Dory is a funny, warm movie, and as a massive Finding Nemo fan myself, it didn’t disappoint. 


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  • Reply
    Michelle V
    June 25, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this with the kids these school holidays!

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    Finding Dory
    June 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    such a cute movie really enjoyed it

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