Finding Dory Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Finding Dory

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch:

    Dory finds her Destiny.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Bill Hader, Idris Elba, Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Andrew Stanton, Bennett Dammann, Eugene Levy, Kate McKinnon, Kaitlin Olson, Dominic West

  • Directed by:

    Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

  • Running time:

    97 minutes (+ 6-min short film Piper)

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), PG (USA), NR (UK)


    Characters bump their heads, crash into/over objects, get tagged. Characters are thrown through the air, stung by anemone, pursued/grabbed (by a scary-looking creature with tentacles and sharp/snappy teeth), caught in plastic rubbish, pecked, hit by objects, knocked over, poked, swept/sucked away by current, swallowed/spat out, hand-slapped. Characters believe a friend is being attacked and eaten (comic). Hands/arms plunge into the water resembling missiles/depth charges. Stolen vehicle, dangerous driving, vehicle into water. A simple-minded creature is teased/taunted/yelled at. Armed police, stinger [road] spikes. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: A character almost falls into a sink garbage disposal. A character releases dark ink. A character sneezes green snot splats. Lost tentacle, head injuries, possible dead parents mentioned.


    A character begins to explain where babies come from. Dating, breakup, rejection, date night mentioned.


    Empty wine bottles seen on ocean floor.


    A background character appears to mouth the f-word.


    Family, forgetfulness, short-term memory loss, forgetfulness, missions, reunions, echolocation, forgetfulness, teaching, marine care, quarantine, forgetfulness, near-sightedness, memories, captivity, shape-shifting, self-acceptance, aquariums, flashbacks, directions, faith, forgetfulness.


    Lost child, lost (presumed dead) parents mentioned. Some dark underwater sequences, claustrophobic underwater pipe setting. Fish (lots! - inlcuding blue tang, clown fish, groper, marlin), crabs, sea urchins, whale sharks, beluga whale, octopus, squid, starfish, anemone, sea cucumbers, dolphins, seals, sea birds, coral, turtles, stingrays, seahorse, cat (poster), otter, pigeons, clam, barnacles. Snot, squid ink, bird poo. Fireworks (opening titles). Fast-editing sequences, some blurred/out-of-focus/grainy vision. Mid-credits scenes, post-credits scene.


    Emotional, funny, goofy, complex, layered, heartwarming, affecting, uproarious, charming, poignant, beautiful, comforting, rewarding, great, strong, enjoyable, delightful, satisfying, standalone. Well-earned/plentiful laugh-out-loud moments, economical storytelling, exciting set pieces, ace action sequences, masterful/fabulous/photorealistic/ravishing/stunning/complex visuals, willing to deal with heavy themes, suitable for very small children.


    Uninventive, familiar, predictable, far-fetched, formulaic. Family theme and mention of Dory's short-term memory less becomes strained/repetitive/annoying.

The main feature is presented with short film PIPER which features seabirds, hermit crabs, a character being tumbled by waves, a character pecked on the beak, and themes of parent-child relationships, the beach, foraging, determination, perspectives, enthusiasm and success.


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