Just a few years after its birth, Pixar became the soft spot for everyone. Not only because it radically changed the world of animated features in cinematic history; all their stories (which are actually a few) are always a success. That’s because Pixar has always known how to make sequels better and prequels, and, therefore, how to make a story continue and last…”through infinity and beyond”! But despite its success, it’s such a shame that ‘Finding Dory’ doesn’t match up to what we’re now used to seeing in Pixar projects.
Although box office, critics and statistics may disagree, ‘Finding Nemo’ wasn’t the best of what Pixar has to offer. The good thing that it left was the lovely characters like Nemo and Dory. Surely, the secret of this success was the tenderness inside these two characters, and something that ‘Finding Dory’ confirms within its first minute: it’s impossible to not to drool over baby Dory when she tells you “I suffer from short-term memory loss”.
So, this sequel is not only a trip to the past for those who were younger when ‘Finding Nemo’ first came, it’s a chance to get to know Dory better. And it seems that it’s one of the very few good points of the film, because the more you know about Dory, the more you grow to love her. In this film, Dory will live what could probably be the greatest adventure of her life: to go and search for her parents after remembering, all of a sudden, that she has a family.
In fact, Dory is one of the very few aspects that have not changed at all: her spontaneous character, her playfulness, her kindness, and, of course, her forgetfulness, have remained intact. All the rest changes, and actually quite a bit so. As it always happens, sequels introduce new characters that may become important for future sequels: that could possibly be the case of Hank, a cranky octopus who, after all, is the one who’s really willing to help Dory.
Other new friends for Dory are Destiny, a friendly whale shark and Bailey, a neurotic beluga whale. And of course, Dory’s loving parents, Jenny and Charlie, are included in the list. But, even though these characters provide freshness and energy, adults may realise that they are character that have don’t give much to the story.
Changes are also in characters that were previously seen, resulting in some being darker than they were: that is seen in the case of Marlin, Nemo’s father. While everybody was convinced that Marlin’s overprotective character had changed, it seems that it’s become worse. It does make sense in a way, Marlin has got now two fish to take care of, but it just doesn’t excuse his sour attitude towards Dory. Again, his son Nemo (who sometimes seems completely nonexistent) will have to encourage his father to do crazy things if he really wants to find Dory. Yes, it’s all a same old, same old after all.
However, critics and the audience seem to have enjoyed ‘Finding Dory’ very much, acclaiming that it was worth the wait. Dory has come to stay in our hearts, that’s for sure and Ellen DeGeneres has done an excellent job to make her even more adorable. In the end, there are not many negative things to say, as it’s enjoyable indeed, but there’s something that we all know: Pixar can do it better.