Two very different animated offerings top this week’s new DVD releases.
☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
“Finding Dory,” the long awaited follow-up to the 2003 release “Finding Nemo,” has all the fun and charm of the original movie. In some ways – especially dealing with themes of friends and family – the sequel trumps the original.
Although it’s been 13 years since the first film, the action in the sequel takes place a year after Nemo was found. All seems right except blue tang fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is having some mental flashes about her family. These are only wisps of thoughts because Dory still lacks short-term memory.
The film is an example of how to make a sequel work: Take all of the best elements of the original film, such as characters and talent, mix in a story that ranges from silly to sweet, and present it in a package that will hit you with waves of visual splendor.
‘Star Trek: The Animated Series’
☆ ☆ 1/2
Capt. James T. Kirk leads his crew on 22 animated adventures in this new Blu-ray set. The best thing about the series – which ran two seasons – is that several of the actors from the original live-action TV show reprise their roles. The set sounds good, but the stories and animation are a little weak.
What the animated series can do that was not possible with the live-action version is to go on more elaborate adventures and introduce stranger aliens, include a feline character.
“Star Trek: The Animated Series” original aired in 1973 and 1974.
Also new on DVD
“Army of One”: Ex-con (Nicolas Cage) gets vision telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden.
“Better Call Saul: Season Two”: Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) continues his change from small-time attorney into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.
“Dead Ringers”: David Cronenberg presents a haunting story of twin gynecologists.
“The Lucy Show: The Complete Series”: Lucy (Lucille Ball) and her friend, Vivian (Vivian Vance), move in together.