Is There Anything New Beyond the Sea?
Finding Dory, like its prequel, talks about family and deals with the theme of loss, whilst being set in modern society, making it an easily recognizable world, similar to other Pixar movies.
The new movie by Andrew Stanton is diametrically the opposite to the one he directed thirteen years ago: not a parent who wants to find his son, but a daughter who is looking for her mother and father. This daughter is Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), the funny and well-known character of Finding Nemo, a blue fish who has suffered from a short-term memory loss since childhood. This is the reason as to why Dory lost her parents and, for a long time, had forgotten everything about them, until the night she dreams of them. After that dream, she decides to find them, beginning a journey not only through the ocean, but also inside her memories, trying to remember her parents’ names and where they lived.
Finding Dory, like its prequel, talks about family and deals with the theme of loss, whilst being set in modern society, making it an easily recognizable world, similar to other Pixar movies. Moreover, there is also a similarity with an old fairy tale, the one of Little Thumbling, with an interesting difference. In the fairy tale, the main character has to mark a trail using breadcrumbs to turn back to his parents; in the Pixar movie, the parents are the ones to trace a path using shells, helping their daughter to find the way home.
The movie alternates comical scenes with moments of strong emotion, but with some weak plot points. The use of referencing other films, typical of Pixar movies, is still safe, and someone will be able to recognise the scene inspired by Ridley Scott’s Alien, and of course the voice of Sigourney Weaver (in the Italian dubbing, the voice belongs to Licia Colò).
In any case, this movie does not offer anything new from the creative horizon of the Pixar Studios. If you want something more exciting, just watch the animated short that precedes the movie: Piper, directed by Alan Barillaro. Short movies have always been occasion for technical researches, and this time the result is brilliant: the sand, the sea foam, the plumage of a bird made with computer graphic are absolutely perfect, an extraordinarily detailed reproduction of reality. There’s no doubt that Pixar Studios has explored all the potentials of computer graphics, making 3D animation one of the most amazing arts of our times.
Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Albert Brooks (Marlin), Ed O’Neill (Hank), Kaitlin Olson (Destiny), Hayden Rolence (Nemo), Ty Burrel (Bailey), Diane Keaton (Jenny)