During this year’s Disney Social Media Mom’s Celebration I was part of the first public audience to view the first 30 minutes of Finding Dory.
Finding Nemo The Sequel: Finding Dory
By now, everyone who has kids (or is a kid at heart) has seen the movie Finding Nemo and knows about his forgetful friend Dory. Dory, played by Ellen Degeneres in Finding Dory and its predecessor, is a bit of a tragic figure due to her short-term memory loss and inability to retain any meaningful memories. She is part of the despondency surrounding Nemo in part due to her disability but for other reasons we’ll explore, too.
Finding Story Leads to Finding Dory
The producers of Finding Nemo took 13 years to come up with a sequel for one simple reason: they were finding a story. Lindsey Collins the Producer of “Finding Dory” explains what took so long: “Andrew!” Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo, was asked about his thoughts on a sequel to Nemo over the years many times. He believed Nemo’s story was complete. He did not feel it necessary to explore the saga any further without a specific need. Then one day, he thought about Dory and how her character needed an explanation.
Dory, the Tragedy
Dory was a flawed character in the sense that she herself was imperfect, especially in her own eyes. She saw no flaws in others; however, only in herself.
Take for example Nemo’s disability: his short fin. Nemo’s father Marlin was quite worried about Nemo’s short-coming, which led to some of his overprotective helicopter parenting. Dory didn’t notice. There are a few other examples of Dory’s trait in the new film that I won’t quite reveal that you should look for.
Dory comforted other characters she met and gave them a sense of hope. She was the eternal optimist except she didn’t hold herself in high regards. Stanton decided that he needed to tell the story about Dory and now we have a new film to add to Disney’s Pixar collection.
Preview of Finding Dory
There are parts I don’t want to spoil so you, too, can feel the same emotion I did when watching the film. It opens with Dory’s parents working with her on her disability. I won’t dive too deep but it was heart-wrenching as I could imagine myself with my own kids working with them through something setting them back, and the frustration and sadness surrounding it. I would compare it to the opening of Up, where the beginning gives you a lump in your throat!
Crush, the ultra-gnarly turtle, is back in the film as Dory sets out to find her parents by piecing together random memories. The journey is a fun swim through Dory’s very limited memory bank for the ultimate family reunion. As an audience, we were wanting more because we were hooked into her adventure only to be told that the 30 minutes was up. I can’t wait to see what the entire film will look like if it’s any resemblance to the beginning of the film.
Finding Dory premiers in U.S. theaters June 17.
Disclaimer: I paid a conference fee to attend the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, but was provided with discounted and complimentary items. All opinions shared are my own on what I experienced/viewed.