Dory, si ikan jenis Blue Tang yang menderita short term memory loss, mengingat sesuatu tentang masa kecilnya bahwa ia memiliki ayah dan ibu. Dibantu oleh Nemo dan Marlin, Dory pun menempuh sebuah petualangan yang luar biasa. Petualangan yang membawa mereka bertiga ke Aqua Marine Park tempat konservasi berbagai macam biota laut. Dalam petualangannya, Dory pun menemukan arti baru dari sebuah keluarga.
For the next round of sequelization at Pixar Animation Studios, the company returns to one of their most beloved pictures a whopping 13 years after the release of the original film. 2003’s “Finding Nemo” represented Pixar’s first real taste of megablockbusterdom after building a reputation on the backs of toys, monster, and bugs.
It was a smash hit, charming audiences around the globe with its depiction of ocean life and its careful handling of characterization, with the forgetful Pacific regal blue tang Dory emerging as a fan favorite. Returning to the undersea kingdom, writer/director Andrew Stanton offers the fish her own adventure in “Finding Dory,” which is a perfectly serviceable continuation that doesn’t truly widen the oceanic realm, but it does make time for old friends and familiar conflicts, playing it safe to make sure the faithful walk away satisfied.
A year after their first journey into the depths of the ocean, Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), Nemo (Hayden Rolence), and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) live a happy life together, creating a sort of family for the single fish as she tries to expand her short-term memory. Off on a field trip with Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson), Dory’s memory is triggered by a lesson on migration, recalling early years spent with cautious parents Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy). Determined to find her loved ones, Dory chases obscure clues, inspiring Marlin and Nemo to help escort their pal from Australia to a California’s Monterey Marine Life Institute, where they’re promptly separated. As Marlin and Nemo try to negotiate a way into the facility with help from sea lions Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West), Dory finds herself trapped in a rehabilitation holding area, meeting octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill), who wants to escape and live the good life in a Cleveland tank. Trying to collect her thoughts and find her parents, Dory receives help from nearsighted whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and beluga whale Bailey (Ty Burrell), inching closer to her dream of a reunion.
It’s easy to be cynical about “Finding Dory,” which follows “Finding Nemo” and its pitch-perfect conclusion, searching for a way to disturb the peace and return the characters to a place of panic. Stanton doesn’t color outside the lines with the sequel, basically replicating the original feature’s structure, following Marlin, Nemo, and Dory back into the depths of the ocean to locate missing family members, this time taking the action to America, where the Marine Life Institute provides a new environment to explore and fresh survival challenges to conquer. Still, a case of déjŕ vu hangs over “Finding Dory,” which is a more of a reunion with old friends than a natural continuation of the first effort, essentially putting Dory in the driver’s seat with her own mission to restore relationships she thought she lost forever.
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