Running time: 100 minutes (Nemo), 97 minutes (Dory)
Screenplay: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds (Nemo), Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse (Dory)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring (voices): Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garret, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Nicholas Bird, Bob Peterson, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Bruce Spence, Bill Hunter, LuLu Ebeling, John Ratzenberger, Elizabeth Perkins, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Sloane Murray, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver
|Marlin and Dory hitch a 'righteous' ride on the EAC.|
Unable to give up, Marlin teams up with the only fish around willing to help, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang with short-term memory loss. The story follows two strands for the majority of the film then. Firstly is Marlin and Dory's trek across the ocean to find Marlin's son, facing everything from jellyfish, to an underwater minefield, to a trio of vegetarian sharks led by Bruce (Barry Humphries), as well as riding the East Australian Current with a surfer-dude turtle named Crush (voiced by director Andrew Stanton) and being almost swallowed by a both a whale and two pelicans, one of whom is named Nigel (Geoffrey Rush) and helps them to finally make it to Nemo's tank.
|Nemo meets the Tank Gang.|
As with every Pixar film, the quality of the animation is utterly astounding – everything underwater has a slight sheen to it to lend it realism (yes I know the animals have faces and can talk, but you know what I mean), but this never distracts from what’s going on; before long, you don’t notice it anymore, apart from to marvel at the attention to detail.
|Dory, Marlin and Nemo set off on another adventure.|
Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo (this time voiced by Hayden Rolence) are trying their damnedest to break into the Institute to help Dory, with the assistance of some unusual characters, including a scruffy but useful Common Loon named Becky who gives them a lift into the institute via bucket. Unlike Finding Nemo, I was never quite sure if Dory would manage to find her parents, but there is a beautiful moment when, as these things go, Dory is at her lowest and has just about given up and the final and most important memory surfaces and she manages to follow a trail of shells just like she was taught as a child. It's wonderful.
|A young Dory, before losing her parents.|
More Pixar magic, highly recommended.
Finding Nemo: 8/10
Finding Dory: 8/10
Praise is inevitably high for Finding Nemo - see this review from Mark at The Telegraph. The same is generally true for Finding Dory, as seen in this review from Ben at Screen Rant. I can't help feeling however, that, based on his review, Peter at The Guardian must have fallen asleep at the start and made up a best guess.