After 13 years Pixar makes a welcome return to the underwater universe they created in Finding Nemo with a sequel which focuses on Dory.
Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is the blue tang fish with short term memory loss who befriended clown fish Marlin (Albert Brooks) when he lost his son Nemo.
The film picks up a year after those events which finds Dory, after a bump to the head, remembering the existence of her Mum (Diane Keaton) and Dad (Eugene Levy). With the help of Marlin and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) she is determined to find them.
This leads them to Calfornia’s Marine Life Institute where Sigourney Weaver is the voice of the Aquarium’s public address system.
When Dory is separated from Marlin and Nemo she encounters several residents who are in rehab including Bailey (a beluga whale whose sonar is on the blink) Destiny (a nearsighted whale shark) and Hank (a cantankerous octopus missing a tentacle) who has camouflage skills to avoid detection.
Whilst they are helping Dory to find her parents Marlin and Nemo are helped in their quest to find Dory by Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West) a pair of sea lions who have taken up residence on a rock which they guard from anyone who encroaches on their territory.
Their characters provide some funny moments when they bark ‘Off! Off! Off! to Gerald another sea lion who wants to sit on the rock with them.
Whilst Finding Dory doesn’t quite reach the heights of Finding Nemo there is still enough for fans to enjoy in this charming film which showcases Dory as being much more than just a comic sidekick. It also sends out a positive message that having an impairment doesn’t stop you from achieving whatever you set your mind to.
Finding Dory is currently showing in Cinemas nationwide