Finding Dory hooks audience



A scene from “Finding Dory.” (Disney/Pixar)

Akriti Saxena, Business Manager

       The iconic 2003 film, ‘Finding Nemo’ captivated young minds as it hit theaters around the world. Its sequel ‘Finding Dory’ has a similar effect for the same audience, thirteen years later. As the widest Pixar release in history, ‘Finding Dory’ features the lovable forgetful fish as the star of the film and invites the audience along Dory’s journey as she makes her way back home.

       Though few sequels live up to the glory of the initial films, ‘Finding Dory’ leaves spectators in awe and it reveals details about the blue fish that were left out in its predecessor. The audience understands why the blue tang fish can speak whale, why she can read, and how she thinks.

       In ‘Finding Nemo’,  Dory’s helpful and apologetic nature digs an emotional hole in the hearts of the audience and the new film helps bring a cheerful twist in Dory’s seemingly meaningless life. Dory’s adventure carries out the theme of the importance of friends and family and the movie also celebrates the uniqueness of differences.

       In contrast to its predecessor, ‘Finding Dory’ includes subtle progressive messages. During Dory’s journey throughout the Marine Life Institute, a five second scene shows the faces of a lesbian couple frightened by an octopus hijacked baby stroller.

       Hank the octopus plays a major role in the film, taking place of Dory from ‘Finding Nemo’. It somehow becomes his responsibility to guide Dory to her home and protect her from the dangers she encounters. Hank eventually learns that what he wants is much different from what he perceived, tying back to the theme of home that the film emphasizes.

       From first scene of the baby blue tang fish with eyes the size of the screen to the final reunion with her parents, Dory not only redefines relationships, but she also manages to find herself.