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Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child.

With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species.

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Movie Reviews: “Finding Dory”

Movie Review: salon

There is a Yiddish word, verklempt, that roughly translates as being choked up to the point of near-tears without actually crying. If you grew up with a learning disability or raised a child with one, there are plenty of scenes in Pixar’s “Finding Dory” which will have that effect on you… and considering that quality family films about learning disabled characters are a rarity, it is refreshing to see “Finding Dory” rise to that challenge.

One scene in particular resonated with me: Dory’s parents, who recognize her short-term memory problems when she’s very young, are discussing whether she’ll be able to have a future. Her mother is hysterically crying because she’s terrified that her child won’t be able to make it on her own, and the father’s efforts at reassurance are as much for his own benefit as hers. Shortly thereafter she was whisked away in an accident, no doubt confirming their own worst fears.

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Movie Review: Evening Standard

Nietzsche once said: “Blessed are forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.” He didn’t say, “Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter” but both lines spring to mind while watching the follow-up to Finding Nemo. 

Originally a supporting player, amnesiac blue tang Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), has become the star of the show. Thrown into ecstatic confusion by an involuntary flashback (think of Dory as the Pacific’s Proust), she and her friends Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) embark on a quest to find her parents, a plan derailed by interfering homo sapiens.

You know Dory will be found by her pals. You genuinely wonder, though, whether she and her folks will be reunited. It’s the rawness of DeGeneres’s voice that makes death and disaster seem possible. She conveys Dory’s mixture of pluck, panic, matter-of-factness, and mania with a sensitivity that borders on the uncanny.

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Movie Review: The Guardian

Dory, of course, is the course the regal blue tang fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres in Pixar’s 2003 animation Finding Nemo. She has short-term memory loss, something between disability and adorable quirk.

But with the ability to retrieve crucial glimpses of memory, and surrounded as she is by friendly helpful souls, Dory is basically not much different from any other wide-eyed, vulnerable, child-like Pixar character.

Now, Nemo director and co-writer Andrew Stanton has brought Dory back for a moderately entertaining, borderline-pointless sequel and star-showcase.

The echoes and parallels of the first film are so obvious, it could be that semi-amnesiac Dory is Stanton’s satirical comment on the unending parade of studio franchise sequels which have to be pitched at a consumer base whose memory loss is just severe enough that they can find them exciting and novel, and yet not so extreme that they aren’t reassured by the familiar characters and stories.

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