I was 11 years old when Finding Nemo first came out in theaters in 2003. Now, thirteen years later Finding Dory swims into theaters (it’s about dang time, right?!) I had the chance to watch a prescreening of this movie this past Tuesday and I can honestly say that I will watch this over and over again. I cannot wait to take my son to see this!
Finding Nemo was one of my favorite Pixar films and I’ve watched it over a dozen times, and I’m not even exaggerating. I was so excited to learn that they were going to be making a sequel and when I found out it was going to revolve around Dory, I was thrilled! She was one of my favorite characters by far. Finding Dory tells the story of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) and more specifically, her past and how she came to be who we know her as now. We get to learn about her parents, her childhood, what happened to her family and why she can’t remember them.
Dory’s mom, Jenny (voiced by Diane Keaton) and her dad, Charlie (voiced by Eugene Levy) taught her at a very young age to remember the phrase, “I’m Dory and I have short term memory loss” to anyone she meets because they were so worried that she wouldn’t be able to make it on her own. Dory gets separated from her parents and she spends a huge part of her life trying to find them and trying to remember them, until one day she just forgets about them entirely. That’s where Marlin and Nemo come in, during Finding Nemo.
Years later, after Nemo is reunited with his dad in Finding Nemo, Dory triggers a memory of her parents and she remembers that she has a family. The movie tells the story of her journey to finding her parents with the help of her old friends, Marlin, Nemo, Crush, and some new ones, Hank, Destiny, and more.
There were definitely some moments in the movie that totally had me crying so I would highly recommend you bring some tissues! The puns and references in the movies were really funny and the entire theater was laughing so loud throughout the movie, it was great. You have to go see this movie, especially if you were already a fan of Finding Nemo.
Finding Dory is definitely a movie you can watch without seeing Finding Nemo first, but it would help the plot along if you understand some back story. I would definitely recommend you take your kids to see this movie, they would love it! We’re going back to watch it as a family in a week or so and I’m looking forward to Z’s reaction. I think it will be his favorite movie yet!
Finding Dory is now playing in theaters everywhere!