Finding Dory, 2016

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Starring:  Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill

IMDb

Finding Dory far exceeded my expectations. It took the concept of making a sequel based on the annoying but popular comedic relief character (i.e. Minions) and made it really work. The way they achieve this is by reframing Dory’s short term memory from a running gag into a serious handicap, treating it like a mental illness. The reason the film works is because you really sympathise with her character. The new characters are all memorable and funny, and it’s difficult to fault any aspects of the animation or voice work. There are problems with the movie, but certainly not enough for me not to recommend it.

Also, as per usual for Pixar films there’s a short that plays just before the film. It had the most stunning animation I think I’ve ever seen, and was intensely cute.

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