by Marcia Sheehan
About the Film (official Press Release)
Run time: 85 mins
U.S. Release Date: June 17, 2016
Voice Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Hayden Rolence
Director: Andrew Stanton
Co-Director: Angus MacLane
Producer: Lindsey Collins
Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
Recommended age: 4 and up
I attended a preview of "Finding Dory" with my 5 year old son. The movie was very upbeat and positive, but parents should be aware that there was one scene with a giant squid that was very loud, action packed and scary. After the scene ended there was a little one crying but he was quickly quieted by his mom and the scene being over. Other than that one part it was great!
My son's favorite part of the movie was a scene featuring a touch exhibit when the octopus leaked his ink and turned the pool black! My personal favorite part was when Marlin said to Nemo "Dory always knows what to do." And Nemo said "Dory doesn't know, she just does." Finding Dory had a great flow and an empowering message of using ones inner wisdom while also allowing outside help from the community. It is an entertaining watch for both kids and parents, and we highly recommend the film.
About the Author: Marcia Sheehan is the founder of Charmed Cardinals, a society for women who crave personal development, spiritual growth & community outreach.
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