The Movie: 6.5/10
A cute fish and a sweet little story can’t really go wrong, but it still takes a bit of umph to make it memorable and give it that “Awwweeeeee” factor. I’m not that sappy, but something about Pixar brings out the softy in me. Yes, I can admit that being and adult without children I can still enjoy a “cartoon” now and then:) I can’t give a rave review of a cute fish and sweet story unless it really sucks the emotions out of me, so Dori doesn’t get a 6.5 out of 10. In the big scheme of things, the big scheme of the Pixar galaxy, that’s on the lower end, but still good.
The voices are good, as always. The story is a lot little fish in a big ocean…hmmmm which has all the “fish vs. nature” and “fish vs. herself” and “fish vs. man” elements that the people who invented writing were thinking of a few years back. I don’t want to make it sound like it’s just like Finding Nemo, it’s really not. I mean, on the surface it might be, but the heart of the whole thing is different. Nemo’s story was a lot about his dad learning to let go of Nemo and letting him be independent. Dori’s story is more about her learning that she has always survived in the watery world because of who she is and because she has found so many good friends along the way. The idea that even someone with a challenge, like her short-term memory thing, can find their way in life. I like that.
The look is….well, come on…it’s Pixar, it looks amazingly colorful and fun. They did try to make the dark parts of the underwater parts more murky, but in the way that made me think, yea, it wouldn’t be bright and colorful in the sewer! They know how to do animation and artwork these folks at Disney. This is not a surprise to anyone.
I would say that Dori is a fun, sweet, charming, and somewhat action packed adventure that can’t really go wrong. There is even an octopus who pretty much steals the show and might just get his own special spin off….just sayin’.
Overall Finding Dory is a good one for a Saturday afternoon, after Finding Nemo, of course. Get some popcorn and beverages, a blanket and pillow and just enjoy the niceness. In today’s world, it can’t hurt.
- Piper (2 Minutes) – One of Pixar’s award-winning shorts about a baby bird leaving his nest. This is stunning and deserves all the awards it gets.
- Marine Life Interviews (2 Minutes) – Interviews with the creatures in the aquarium in the film. Fun and obviously inspired by Aardman Animations Creature Comforts.
- The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar (9 Minutes) – A look at the technology behind the most complicated character Pixar have ever created.
- What Were We Talking About (4 Minutes) – The script challenges behind working with Dory who has short-term memory loss.
- Casual Carpool (4 Minutes) – A ride to work with Andrew Stanton and the voice cast of Finding Dory.
- Animation & Acting (7 Minutes) – A look at the aforementioned voice actors in action.
- Deep In The Kelp (3 Minutes) – Jenna Ortega shows us how Pixar research the real life creatures before animating them for the film.
- Creature Features (3 Minutes) – More voice cast interviews.
- Audio Commentary – Andrew Stanton and co Director Angus MacLane sit down with Producer Lindsey Collins to discuss the making of the movie. Some really fun stuff in here but beware it gets very technical at times.
- Behind The Scenes (16 Minutes) – A five-part feature that covers the following topics. Sketching, Music, Glitches, Emoji and Outtakes.
- Living Aquariums – This is a very cool feature as it turns your TV into a cool aquarium. I have no idea how they fit 10 hours of content on this disc in this quality but they did.
- Deleted Scenes (50 Minutes) – Lots of deleted storyboarded scenes with introductions from Andrew Stanton.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 6/10
The cover is what it is. Let’s be honest, Disney has a style that is never going to be risky or artsy farsty. It is an advertisement for what we are about to watch, and that’s fine. I wouldn’t have it as a poster, unless I had the whole set of Pixar flicks, and even then I would do mini posters.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Sporting the same visual design and video quality as the first film, Finding Dory is a delight to look at start to finish. Disney chose the 1080P AVC codec and this transfer is as cutting edge as it gets when it comes to 2016 Blu-ray releases. As always animated material comes off best on the digital format and this is no exception. Rich blacks, deep colors and no signs of banding or ringing even in the most murky depths of the sea. Finding Dory is a stunner.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is also impressive. Music has a very expanded feel that moves around the rear speakers when needed. Voice is clear and up front with a surprising amount of bass during the action sequences. All told you will not be disappointed by this release no matter what you think of the film itself.
Overall Score 6.5/10