Finding Dory

FINDING DORY

PG

This time, Disney’s Pixar is following up their 2003’s “Finding Nemo” with “Finding Dory.” Even though you have some of the “Finding Nemo” characters, “Finding Dory” isn’t a sequel. It is a refreshing new story with some old friends and some new ones as well.

Dory is a forgetful blue tang fish(voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living in the reef with a gold fish Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and his son Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, Dory takes off on a life-changing adventure with her two friends across the ocean to California’s Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium.

In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the aquarium’s most appealing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are broken; and Dory’s best friend, Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark.

Directed by Andrew Stanton who also directed “Finding Nemo” and “WALL•E.”

The screenplay was written by Andrew Stanton based on a story by Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse, and Bob Peterson. The characters were developed by Andrew Stanton. The screenplay was funny and very witty. It is not just for little kids, adults will enjoy this too.

The animation is superb. The colors are vibrant. I saw it in 3-D and loved it. You felt like you were under the sea with Dory and Nemo and the rest.

This is a wonderful heartwarming story for the whole family. When I went to the screening I was surrounded by children of all ages. In fact a little boy, four years old, sat in front of me. I thought he would be asleep as soon as the lights went down, but he stayed awake throughout the entire movie giggling in the right spots. “Finding Dory” kept his attention.

This is the third movie this year I have given 5 Mary’s to and they all happen to be Disney films: “Eddie the Eagle,” “Jungle Book” and now “Finding Dory.” I hope Disney keeps it up. I love going to well written entertaining movies.

“Finding Dory” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and Dougherty Theatres Jerseyville Stadium.