Disney headed back under the sea in the summer of 2016, but it wasn’t a continuation of Ariel’s storyline, or a bobbing along reboot, instead it’s a return to Nemo and friends. This time it’s the forgetful blue airhead Dory that manages to get into difficulties, making Finding Dory Pixar’s 17th animated movie collaboration with Disney (now its parent company, but then who doesn’t it own).
It follows on from both Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, which were the big 2015 releases, but its the first Pixar sequel since Monsters University, back in 2013. The animation giants don’t always go in for a return to previous films, despite the long-running Toy Story series, and for a long time it didn’t look like Nimo et al would be getting their comeback, but the aquatic adventure managed to swim its way back to the big screen in the end.
Finding Dory arrived initially in the US on the 17th June 2016, before going on to get its UK release date on Friday the 29th July 2016. Expectations and aquatic anticipation had been building for a while ahead of its release, since the film was initially announced in 2014. The film had originally been scheduled for a release date of the 25th November 2015, but it was later announced for summer 2016 to give Pixar enough time to do the sequel justice.
DVD, Blu-ray and digital download:
The UK DVD release date for the animated film has been confirmed for the 28th November 2016, arriving just in time for Christmas, where it should be a big stocking filler. The Blu-ray will be out on the same day too, but we’re expecting it to be available to buy for digital download a week earlier, which has become the norm these days, although the rental should be available from the likes of iTunes, Xbox ONE and Amazon on the 28th.
This time around it’s Dory’s turn to take the hot seat in the “lost at sea” runaway storyline. The plot for the sequel sees Dory setting off on her own turbulent adventure as she somehow remembers her own long-lost parents and decides she should head off to find them with the help of Nemo and friends.
Like the original movie, Finding Dory looks set to all about the importance of friends and family as Nemo and pals try to help the little Pacific regal blue tang get back in touch with her own folks.
A lot of the cast members from Finding Nemo are set to return for the second installment of the series, including actress, comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Albert Brooks as Nemo’s dad Marlin, Willem Defoe as Gill and Vicky Lewis as Deb. Disney has also confirmed that Diane Keaton (The Godfather) will be playing Dory’s mum Jenny, Eugene Levy (American Pie) stars as her dad Charlie and Ty Burrell becomes a beluga whale called Bailey.
Considering the fact that it’s been eleven years since the first movie was releases, it’s understandable that Alexander Gould, who originally voiced Nemo, has grown up a little and doesn’t really sound much like the little clown fish anymore. He was just nine at the time of it’s release, but at the age of twenty he’s obviously not reprising his role; although there is talk of a cameo. Disney has found a new young star to take on the part in his stead in Hayden Rolence.
Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and digital download special features:
- Piper short movie – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore
- Marine Life Interviews (New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember meeting Dory
- The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s animation team discussing the challenges bringing Hank to life as the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever
- What Were We Talking About? – The story behind the story of Finding Dory
- Casual Carpool – Finding Dory writer and director Andrew Stanton drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work surrounded by the voices of the characters from the film
- Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
- Creature Features – The cast share cool facts about the creatures they play
- Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel presenter Jenna Ortega takes a trip to the brilliant Monterey Bay Aquarium to show us just how far the crew went to make Dory’s world feel like it was real
- Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer – The Finding Dory character art director talks about how he draws the characters in the film, along with a few life lessons he learned from falling off his skateboard
- Dory’s Theme – A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme
- Rough Day on the Reef – Special feature on some of the funny, weird and freaky footage the crew encountered while making Finding Dory
- Commentary – Directors Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane along with producer Lindsey Collins talk through their view on the film
- Deleted Scenes (introduced by Andrew Stanton)
Digital download exclusive extras:
- Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory – Special feature on the secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie
- Tank Gang deleted scene
DVD special features:
- Piper short movie
Andrew Stanton (Monster’s University) returns as the director for Finding Dory following up on the excellent job he did with the original. Stanton is also responsible for the story for the 2016 movie once again, having co-wrote the screenplay for the original, and this time he’s had support from relative newcomer Victoria Strouse.
To be honest, we’re looking forward to seeing the return to the reef and the family finding adventure of Dory and friends. We’re probably not quite as excited as Ellen DeGeneres, who’d been talking up the prospect of a sequel for years now, but with the genius of the original back in action once again, we’re expecting a new computer animated classic in the making. Take a look out this cool video to see the level of effort that the Pixar Animation team has put into creating the film.
Check out the Finding Dory trailer below to see what to expect from the film and to help you decide whether or not the DVD or Blu-ray is worth adding to the collection when the home entertainment release date comes around in winter 2016. It’s the latest trailer from Pixar and it’s a huge improvement on all of the previous videos we’ve seen, so maybe the later release has meant that they’ve had enough time to make it a possible classic. You can follow the Twitter page for the latest on the film.
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Finding Dory movie poster and images:
The is the first poster art for the movie, including the official logo, but we’re expecting a whole lot more variants before the film gets its release date in 2016.
Dory gets into a little trouble in the dark waters of a kelp field.