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Finding Dory Review

Very Good

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker Andrew Stanton has opted to make a spin-off instead of a direct sequel, shifting the perspective to recount the life story of the forgetful blue tang. Because it centres on a personal quest, it's a very different style of movie, which makes some of the action feel rather contrived. But the characters are still vivid and likeable, and it's packed with meaningful themes.

 

The film opens with young Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) being taught by her parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) how to cope with her short-term memory problem. But she still gets lost. Then years later, after her adventure teaming up with Marlin (Albert Brooks) to help find his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence), she has a brief spark of memory and decides to find her family. Accompanied by Marlin and Nemo, Dory crosses the ocean to a California marine sanctuary, where they get separated. Dory gets help from cranky seven-tentacled Octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill), the perky whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and a befuddled beluga whale (Ty Burrell). Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo meet a pair of laddish sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West).

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Andrew Stanton , Lindsey Collins - Director Andrew Stanton and Producer Lindsey Collins attend the Madrid movie premiere of 'Finding Dory' - Madrid, Spain - Sunday 19th June 2016

Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins
Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins
Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins
Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins
Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins
Andrew Stanton and Lindsey Collins

Finding Dory Trailer


Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and warm heart make up for all the times she's got herself - and her friends - into trouble. Dory lives with Marlin and Nemo but now she wants to go out and find her real parents. Before she can begin her real adventure, Dory finds herself being scooped up and taken to a marine institute. Whilst in quarantine, Dory meets a whole host of new friends who instantly take to the little blue tang. Hank, the octopus, Bailey the white beluga whale and Destiny the whale shark are just a few creatures who will help her. 

For Dory, her mission is quite clear, she must escape the confines of her new home and return to the ocean to find her family - whilst hopefully finding Marlin and Nemo once again too. Dory's new friends in the institute are eager to help Dory out however they can. 

Finding Dory is the 2016 follow-up to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Like the first film, it was written and directed by Andrew Stanton but this time directorial duties are in partnership with Angus MacLane.

Finding Dory Trailer


Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the great barrier reef have been the best of friends but Dory keeps on finding herself questioning her past. Now, everyone's favourite forgetful fish is about to set out on a mission to find her own parents. 

As Nemo and Marlin are both all too aware of Dory's lack of oceanly experience, they feel that accompanying her on her mission is the only way to make sure she's safe. The two little clown fish and the blue tang soon find themselves in water that they're unfamiliar with. 

Dory's search takes her to new locations outside of the ocean too, whilst at the Monterey Marine Life Institute the forgetful fish meets up with some friends - new and old. 

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Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer


Dory, everyones favourite forgetful fish from Finding Nemo is back and it looks like she might have finally remembered something! In the long-awaited follow-up to the 2003 animated classic, Dory takes center stage as she sets off on an adventure of a lifetime, with some familiar friends in tow.

Set six months after Finding Nemo, amnesiac blue tang Dory is suffering from a case of sleep swimming that leads her to a life-changing revelation. For the first time in her life, Dory begins to recall her childhood memories and even her long-lost parents.

With a faint recollection of something about "the jewel of Monterey, California”, Dory sets out to finally find her family, accompanied by her friend Nemo and his father Marlin. Travelling to the Monterey Marine Life Institute, Dory soon finds some new companions, Bailey, a white beluga whale, Destiny, a whale shark and Hank the octopus, who become her guides as she sets out to discover her past.

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Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter and Pete Docter - "Saving Mr. Banks" - Los Angeles Premiere At Walt Disney Studios - Burbank, California, United States - Tuesday 10th December 2013

Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter and Pete Docter
Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter and Pete Docter

Finding Dory: DeGeneres Signs On, But Albert Brooks Took Some Persuading


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Disney Pixar has announced plans to release Finding Dory, the sequel to the smash hit Finding Nemo, in November 2015. The sequel has long been in the works, though Pixar has finally tied up deals for Ellen GeDeneres, Albert Brooks and director Andrew Stanton to return.

The sequel will focus on DeGeneres' Dory character, though according to Deadline.com, it was Brooks that took the most persuading to return. Earlier this year, the veteran finally closed a "fat deal" to reprise the voice of Marlin. The actor has enjoy somewhat of a renaissance since starring in the original movie, starring in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, as well as the bad-add Bernie Rose in Nicolas Refn Winding's Drive. He's also working on another novel, after his debut Twenty Thirty: The Real Story of What Happened To America became an instant bestseller. There's also talk that Brooks will write and direct another comedy, similar to The Muse and Lost In America. 

Anyway, it's all speculation for now, as Brooks has committed to Finding Dory, considered by Pixar as another chance to break animation records. Announcing her involvement this week, DeGeneres said in a statement, "I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long time."

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Ellen DeGeneres Takes The Lead In Nemo Sequel 'Finding Dory'


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Dory - the little blue fish voiced by talk show host Ellen Degeneres - will be the focus of the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, announced by Pixar this week. The follow-up to the 2003 Oscar winner will be directed by original Nemo filmmaker Andrew Stanton and is set for release on November 25, 2015.

"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," DeGeneres said in a press release. "I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is - it's got a lot more Dory." Pixar - who have worked long and hard to prepare the Nemo sequel - say the film is "set in part along the California coastline" and will feature returning favorites, however it also "welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory's life."

It marks the latest sequel/prequel in Pixar's oeuvre, along with the Toy Story movies, Cars and the forthcoming Monster's Inc prequel Monster's University, set for release this summer. Elsewhere, the Disney-owned company has a follow-up to Oscar-winner Brave on the horizon, as well as The Good Dinosaur, directed by Bob Petersen, a new project helmed by Up's Peter Doctor and an untitled movie about the Day of the Dead, directed by Nemo co-helmer Lee Unkrich, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Mike And Sulley Return To Our Screens As Students At The Monsters University (Pictures)


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Mike and Sulley return in the long-awaited Monsters University trailer, the Monsters Inc. prequel set to hit movie theatres globally in summer 2013 with a cast of brand new Monsters University characters.

It's been more than 10 years since the Oscar winning animation Monsters Inc. hit our screens in 2001, but even though those who were young enough to enjoy it then have probably grown out of it by now (or, at least, say they have), there's no question that this hilarious prequel will still be a must-see for all you Mike and Sulley lovers out there. It sees the two beastly individuals (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman) in their college years, majoring in 'scaring' and victimising each other in an array of schoolboy pranks as they compete against each other to be the scariest monster around. Funnily enough, plenty of the kids who watched Monsters Inc. when it first came out will quite possibly be going through similar experiences in their own lives as students, which makes the timing of Monsters University charmingly apt.

The movie sees a brand new director, Dan Scanlon, who is likely to breathe fresh life into this memorable CGI flick though the previous director, Pete Docter, has made his return in the role of screenwriter alongside previous co-writer Andrew Stanton. Monsters University is soon to be released on UK cinema screens on July 12th 2013.

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Finding Nemo 3-D Heading To UK Cinemas In March 2013 (Trailer)


Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton Albert Brooks Ellen Degeneres

Finding Nemo 3-D will head to UK cinemas on March 29, 2013, giving families the chance to relive one of the best loved animated movies in recent memory - but this time, in spectacular 3-D. It's the type of movie that lends itself well to the new technology, unlike other movies that are seemingly released in 3-D for the sake of it.

The Pixar movie - in case you didn't know - tells the story of an over-protective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) who searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould) with the help of a regal tang name Dory (Ellen Degeneres). The 3-D version hit cinemas across the pond in September 2012 and won instantaneous acclaim from critics. It currently holds a score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best reviewed movies on the entire site. Time Out said, "I was swept up in its dazzling stream of rainbow corals, amused by the stoner turtles going with the flow, sharks battling their own regressive instincts and DeGeneres' scatterbrained Dory." Nell Minow of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "It makes even more compelling what is still my all-time favorite Pixar film." The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw was similarly impressed by the 3-D overhaul, writing, "It's all tremendously entertaining stuff, with oodles of wonderful detail and superb direction by Andrew Stanton."

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Finding Nemo 3D Trailer


Marlin is a clown fish with deep anxiety issues who lives alone with his sheltered son Nemo who has just started school. His over-protectiveness coupled with peer pressure soon drives Nemo to become a little more daring, however, and he ends up being captured and taken all the way to Sydney. Determined not to lose his beloved son, Marlin sets out on a death-defying adventure with a Blue Tang fish called Dory who suffers from short term memory loss. With danger at every turn, Marlin braves the open ocean and discovers a sense of courage and self-worth he never knew he had. 

'Finding Nemo' was directed by Oscar winners Andrew Stanton ('WALL-E', 'John Carter') and Lee Unkrich ('Monsters, Inc. ', 'Toy Story 2') and written by Bob Peterson ('Up') and David Reynolds (additional writer for 'A Bug's Life'). It became both a commercial and critical success on its release through Pixar in 2003 grossing $921,743,261 worldwide and was nominated for two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was this major appeal that has prompted a re-release in stunning 3D almost ten years later. 'Finding Nemo 3D' will hit cinemas on March 29th 2013.

Director: Andrew Stanton

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John Carter Review


Excellent
While trailers make this look like an effects-heavy sci-fi mess, the film is actually a rollicking adventure firmly centred on characters rather than the creatures or action. It's an involving, strikingly well-made action drama.

At the end of the American Civil War, John Carter (Kitsch) is in Arizona looking for gold when a strange artefact in a cave transports him to Mars, known locally as Barsoom. Getting used to the lower gravity is one thing, but he's soon captured by green, 15-foot-tall Tharks, who have four limbs plus tusks on the sides of their faces. He earns the respect of leader Tars Tarkas (Dafoe), but when he rescues Helium's Princess Dejah (Collins), he ends up in the middle of the war between red human kingdoms Helium and Zodanga.

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Andrew Stanton - Director Andrew Stanton Thursday 1st March 2012 John Carter film premiere held at the BFI Southbank - Arrivals.

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Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton - Writer/director Andrew Stanton Wednesday 22nd February 2012 Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'John Carter' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live

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Andrew Stanton Sunday 13th July 2008 WALL.E premiere held at the Empire London, England

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Sigourney Weaver, Jim Morris and Andrew Stanton
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Sigourney Weaver, Jim Morris and Andrew Stanton
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Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the...

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer

Dory, everyones favourite forgetful fish from Finding Nemo is back and it looks like she...

Finding Nemo 3D Trailer

Finding Nemo 3D Trailer

Marlin is a clown fish with deep anxiety issues who lives alone with his sheltered...

John Carter Movie Review

John Carter Movie Review

While trailers make this look like an effects-heavy sci-fi mess, the film is actually a...

John Carter Trailer

John Carter Trailer

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