By Abby Cross
Finding Nemo was released in 2003 and was a huge part of many of our childhoods. 13 years later Finding Dory, directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Lindsey Collins, was released and caused a major uproar among the “90’s Babies” crowd. Many of them posted on Facebook saying they would kick the little kids out of the theater because they had been waiting for the movie longer.
Finding Dory, a 97 minute long movie, is about a blue tang called Dory who’s living happily with Marlin and Nemo, from the original Finding Nemo, when she suddenly remembers that she has a family who could possibly be looking for her. Marlin, Nemo, and Dory set off across the ocean to find her parents. On the way, Dory accidentally awakened a giant squid who almost eats Nemo. Marlin yells at her so she swims up to the surface. There she is captured, after getting stuck in six-pack rings, and taken to California’s Marine Life Institute. The Marine Life Institute is a rehabilitation center and aquarium for fish found that are injured or struggling with living in the ocean.
Marlin and Nemo try to rescue Dory with the help of two sea lions, Fluke and Rudder, as well as a common loon, named Becky. They manage to break into the Institute and find Dory in the pipe system. Dory leads them to the other blue tangs who said her parents had escaped to come find her and never came back. Dory thought they were dead. Hank, an octopus, retrieves Dory from the tank but leaves Marlin and Nemo. Hank was then captured by an employee because he was out of his enclosure. He drops dory down into the drain and she was flushed back into the ocean.
While swimming around, trying to figure out what to do, she sees a trail of shells and remembers that her parents would set out a similar trail to help her find her way back home because she would always forget. She follows the shell trail to an empty house. As she turns to leave, she sees her parents Charlie and Jenny. They tell her that they spent years laying down trails of shells in hopes that she would return home one day.
Marlin, Nemo, and Hank end up in a truck that is taking various aquatic animals, along with them, to Cleveland. Destiny, a whale shark, and Bailey, a beluga, escape from their enclosures to help Dory rescue Marlin, Nemo and Hank. Dory persuades Hank to return to the ocean with them, and after he agrees, they hijack the truck and crash it into the ocean, freeing all of the aquatic animals on board.
Finding Dory grossed $486.3million in the United States and Canada, and $541.9 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.028 billion. It had a worldwide opening of $185.7 million, which is the second biggest of all time for an animated film. Worldwide it was the third highest grossing film after Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One, the highest grossing animated film of 2016, the second highest grossing Pixar film ever, behind Toy Story 3, the fourth highest grossing animated film of all time, and the 23rd highest grossing film ever. It was released to the El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2016 and to the United States June 17, 2016.
Finding Dory has a couple underlying messages about being different and living with disabilities, as well as overcoming those disabilities. Dory must overcome her memory-loss issue in order to find her parents. She displays the stain memory loss can put on an individual. The memory loss represents many of the illnesses that people deal with everyday. Destiny also shows a disability. She is nearsighted and cannot see a few feet in front of her. Bailey lost his echo location due to a concussion. Hank lost a tentacle, but never let it stop him from moving around on land. All of these characters had to overcome some type of disability with the help of all their friends.
Finding Dory is a movie that shows how to overcome a personal issue as well as how to help others, despite everything going on in one’s life. With it’s PG rating, it is perfect for children, and adults, of all ages.
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