Find Your Way to Dory

Finding Dory hit theaters June 17.
Finding Dory hit theaters June 17.

When I was a little kid I did not like Disney cartoons. In fact, despite the happy endings, they always stressed me out (Sleeping Beauty) and/or made me terribly sad (Dumbo). Therefore, when my friends became moms and excitedly talked about sharing their favorite Disney movies with their children, I was like, why would you want to do that? Why not just share Nightmare on Elm Street or Scarface or Sophie’s Choice? They illicit the same kinds of reaction.

Needless to say, once I had a daughter of my own, I became a huge fan of Pixar. Sure, there are some scary parts and some sad moments, but I’m not dealing with Maleficent releasing the hounds of hell or Dumbo being separated from his mother. So, when I started introducing movies to my daughter I concentrated on the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc, The Incredibles and of course, Finding Nemo. It became an instant favorite of my daughter.

When I first learned that there would be a sequel to the 2003 classic, I was excited and nervous. Pixar has proven it can do sequels that are as good (Monsters University) or even better (Toy Story 3) than the original, there was a lot of pressure for Finding Dory to live up to the charm and magic of its predecessor. However, not to worry because for the most part, it absolutely did.

My daughter, Conley, has been especially looking forward to this movie because the day it was released and her birthday are one in the same. Therefore, when I got to take it to her a little early, she was pumped.

The underwater animation is breathtaking. We saw it in 3D and I’m not usually a fan of 3D because it makes me nauseous. However, when I looked over and Conley’s hand was up in the air in an attempt to pet one of the marine animals that seemed to be floating off the screen, it was worth the Tums I had to pop later.

Finding Dory lets the backstory of the scatterbrained heroine, played beautifully again by Ellen Degeneres, slowly unfold. Granted, it leans heavily on the plot Finding Nemo, but thanks to Degeneres’s Dory, Nemo’s overprotective dad voiced with stressed out glory by Albert Brooks and a few new players, especially the curmudgeonly but helpful octopus, Hank played by Ed O’Neil, the story is fresh and inviting.

Furthermore, the movie drives home the importance of family without being overly sentimental.

Find your way to this movie as soon as possible.