The sequel to Finding Nemo arrives later spotlighting on Dory (Ellen Degeneres), the comedic relief of the first movie now takes center stage. In Finding Dory, the blue tang with short-term memory loss searches for her long lost parents. Her reflection on her missing family only consisted of a single line or two of dialogue in the first film, but when a memory sparks in Dory's mind, she takes off with her clownfish friend Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence).
Marlin calls on the help of those tubular turtles, and the group catches a current towards California and the Marine Life Institute. Dory finds herself snatched up by marine biologists and stuck in quarantine. There she encounters the crafty escape artist octopus, or rather septapus, Hank (Ed O'Neil). With Hank's help, Dory explores the institute looking for her home.
Marlin and Nemo encounter all sorts of crazy animals on their way after Dory, including the seals Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West), Becky the duck, and a lonely clam. Dory finds friends too including Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) the shark whale and Bailey (Ty Burrell) the beluga whale. All of the supporting cast were hilarious when they had the time to shine.
Pixar does a brilliant job with this sequel and balancing the cruelty of humans boxing up fish while adding humor and helping us understand the curiosity we have for these deep sea dwellers. The movie gets a bit over the top by the ending moving away from the silly human reactions in the first to all out chaos.
I'm still a fan of the first one a little more and not sure Pixar has to keep dredging up sequels instead of creative originals, but The tale of Dory and her friends was an instant classic, so it was nice to revisit them again. Other than cars, everything that I've seen come out of the animation studio has been touching and highly entertaining.