Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Stanton|
|Produced by||Lindsey Collins|
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Edited by||Axel Geddes|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$916.6 million|
Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Angus MacLane in his feature debut, the screenplay was co-written by Victoria Strouse and Stanton. The film is a sequel/spinoff of 2003’s Finding Nemoand features the reprised voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, as well as the new voices of Hayden Rolence (replacing Alexander Gould), Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, and Eugene Levy. Finding Dory focuses on the amnesiac fish Dory, who journeys to be reunited with her parents. Along the way, she is captured and taken to a California public aquarium, from which Marlin and Nemo attempt to rescue her.
The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on June 8, 2016, and was released in the United States on June 17, 2016. It received positive reviews and has grossed over $916 million worldwide. The film set numerous records, including the biggest animated opening of all time in North America and has become the biggest Pixar film release in China.
One year after reuniting Nemo with his father Marlin, Dory has become a helping hand in raising Nemo. One day during a lesson with Nemo’s class, Dory recalls through a childhood flashback that she has a family. She decides to look for them but finds her short-term memory loss to be an obstacle. The only thing she remembers is that they lived at the Jewel of Morro Bay.
Marlin and Nemo accompany Dory in her quest. With the help of Crush, they ride a water current to California. Upon arrival, they are forced to flee from a predatory giant squid that nearly devours Nemo. Marlin tends to his son afterwards and is sour toward Dory for getting them into the mess. Feeling hurt, Dory travels to the surface to seek help and is rescued by staff from the nearby Marine Life Institute after being caught in six pack rings; she is separated from Marlin and Nemo.
Dory is sent to the Quarantine section and tagged. There she meets a grouchy but well-meaning, seven-legged octopusnamed Hank. Dory’s tag shows that she will be sent to a permanent aquarium in Cleveland. Due to a traumatic ocean life, Hank wants to live in the aquarium instead of being released back into the ocean, so he agrees to help Dory find her parents in exchange for her tag. In one exhibit, Dory encounters her childhood friend Destiny, a nearsighted whale sharkwho used to communicate with Dory through pipes, and Bailey, a beluga whale who believes he has lost his ability toecholocate. Dory learns that the rest of her regal blue tangs species are being moved to Cleveland. She subsequently has flashbacks of life with her parents and struggles to recall details.
Marlin and Nemo attempt to rescue Dory. With the help of two sea lions named Fluke and Rudder and a common loonnamed Becky, they manage to get into the Institute. Dory finally remembers how she became separated from her parents: she overheard her mother crying one night, left home to retrieve a shell in hopes of cheering her up, and was pulled away by an undertow current.
Dory reunites with Marlin and Nemo in the pipe system. Back in Quarantine, they locate the tank of blue tangs who tell them that Dory’s parents escaped the Institute a long time ago to search for Dory but never came back. This leaves Dory under the impression that they died. Hank retrieves Dory from the tank, accidentally leaving Marlin and Nemo behind. He is then apprehended by one of the employees and unintentionally drops Dory into the drain flushing her to the ocean. Whilst wandering aimlessly, she comes across a trail of shells, remembering that when she was young, her parents had set out a similar trail to teach her how to find her way back home. At the end of the trail, Dory finds an empty home with multiple shell trails leading away from it. As she turns to leave, she sees her parents in the distance and joyfully reunites with them. They tell her they have spent years forming trails for her to follow in the hopes that she would eventually find them.
Marlin and Nemo end up in the truck taking various aquatic life to Cleveland. Destiny and Bailey escape from their exhibit to help Dory rescue them. Once aboard the truck, Dory persuades Hank to return to the ocean with her, and together, they hijack the truck and crash it into the water, freeing all the fish. Dory, along with her parents and newfound friends, return to the reef with Marlin and Nemo.
In a post-credits scene, the Tank Gang from the first film, still trapped in algae-covered plastic bags, reach California a year after floating across the Pacific. They are promptly rescued by volunteers.