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Finding Dory can’t miss

Even after a 13-year interval, if there’s one movie that appears to be an automatic slam-dunk, it’s Finding Dory, Pixar/Disney’s sequel to its 2003 Oscar winner, which has since become the biggest-selling DVD in home-video history and remains one of the highest-grossing animated features in history.

The new film, again directed by Andrew Stanton (who also wrote the screenplay with Victoria Strouse), reunites Ellen De- Generes, voicing the title role, and Albert Brooks voicing Marlin. Alexander Gould, the original voice of Nemo, has grown up and the role is now voiced by Hayden Rolence, although Gould does a cameo voice-over.

Set one year after the events of the first film, Nemo is safe and sound, but as the title implies it’s Dory – she of the shortterm memory loss – who goes missing, in an impetuous effort to find her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). Thus begins a series of misadventures for both her and Nemo and Marlin, the latter blaming himself for insulting Dory and getting her into this predicament.

The all-star voice-over cast also includes Sigourney Weaver (as “Sigourney Weaver”), Bill Hader, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe, Austin Pendleton, Allison Janney, Brad Garrett, Kaitlin Olson, Stephen Root, Pixar perennial John Ratzenberger, and Stanton himself. Idris Elba and Dominic West are especially amusing as a pair of Cockney-accented sea lions, but the standout is Ed O’Neill’s Hank, a wily octopus determined to escape captivity for the greener pastures of Cleveland (!).

Without question, Finding Dory upholds the high standards of the studio’s animated features. Whether viewed in 2-D or 3-D, Finding Dory is a cornucopia of color and charm, with plenty of laughs for all ages and some delightful sight gags. It’s a little cuter than the first film, and definitely geared more toward children than grownups. The story, however, is essentially a reprise of the earlier film – not that the intended audience will mind. The send-up of theme parks is inspired, especially as this is a Disney movie, and there’s a nice ecological message bubbling under the surface (so to speak). !

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