Thirteen years after the release of Finding Nemo, Pixar and Disney joined forces once more to bring the long-awaited sequel, Finding Dory. The title is self-explanatory, but the reason behind Dory’s disappearance is a quest to find her parents – because her memory is not as bad as everyone thought and she happens to have a few flashbacks about her family.
Finding Dory is the second highest-grossing film of the year so far, right behind Captain America: Civil War, and the fourth highest-grossing animated film. Additionally, the Pixar movie was praised by critics and audiences alike. But even a funny, heart-touching Pixar feature isn't safe from getting the Honest Trailer treatment from Screen Junkies, and its time has come.
The trailer begins with a friendly reminder that at some point in time, Pixar said they were aiming for “one original film a year”, with Finding Dory being the only sequel on their list – fast forward to the present day, in which the studio has plans for sequels to The Incredibles, Cars, and Toy Story. You can’t stop Hollywood’s “sequel fever.”
Dory is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable characters from Finding Nemo, but that doesn’t mean the audience was necessarily wondering about her backstory – or that’s what Screen Junkies points out. The story not only told us where the “Just Keep Swimming” song comes from and how Dory learned to speak whale, but it’s also a look at mental disabilities… and how “funny it is.”
Ultimately, whether you see it as a forgettable sequel or not, Pixar and Disney used their same old and reliable recipe: colorful, full of jokes (both visual and in dialogue), characters getting separated from their loved ones (good old Disney, right?), cute animals, making the protagonist believe all hope is lost, and a happy ending that will inevitably make you cry. And, because cross-references are always a good addition, Screen Junkies decided to name the adorable baby Dory “Reverse Anakin”: Dory likes sand, Anakin as we all know, doesn’t (because it’s coarse, rough, irritating and gets everywhere).
Kids probably didn’t wonder about Dory’s parents when they watched Finding Nemo but in the end, the sequel served its purpose to entertain and give the audience more of a character that became an instant favorite thanks to her personality and the jokes that came with it. Whether the sequel also served to introduce potential spin-off characters, as Screen Junkies suggest with Hank the octopus, remains to be seen – although it shouldn’t come as a big surprise if Pixar decides to do so in the future.
Source: Screen Junkies