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By Megan Bianco
Of all the unnecessary sequels to come out this year, the one that turns out to be not only tolerable, but actually good, is naturally Pixar’s Finding Dory. Thirteen years ago, the original Finding Nemo was a mega success with audiences, to the point where it seemed like no one could go less than two viewings at the theater. Although Nemo’s story was completed in the previous movie, Dory’s journey is not over yet.
After their first fish adventure, Marlin (Albert Brooks), Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) are back at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. But Dory is suddenly getting random visuals of old memories in between her usual 10-second short-term memory loss problem. Eventually she fully remembers that her parents are in “the jewel of Morro Bay, California,” and has to meet them again. But she ends up inside a marine life institute along the way.
Ed O’Neill voices a squid named Hank helping Dory out, while Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Dominic West and Idris Elba voice other institute animals Dory meets. Despite the redundancy that the trailers might have shown with the plot being similar to the first film, Finding Dory still finds a way to be its own story and theme. Dory’s memory syndrome becomes more than just comic relief and is a lesson in patience and confidence. Dory doesn’t become annoying as the main lead, and her new and old friends are used appropriately for her new tale. Finding Dory is the first film to see with your kids this summer.