Of all the characters in the Pixar stable, two of my least favorites are Tow Mater from the “Cars” series and Dory from “Finding Nemo.” Mater went on to sell lots of toys and earned a beefed-up role in “Cars 2.” Dory get her own movie opening tonight.
Guess it’s a good thing I’m not a chief executive at Pixar.
“Finding Dory” finds the forgetful blue tang living the good life on a coral reef with buddies Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). One day Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) has a flashback and remembers her father and mother (Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton).
Dory is determined to cross the ocean in search of her family. Marlin, after his usual whining, is convinced to come along by Nemo.
They wind up in California at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where Dory was raised. But to get to the joyful family reunion you’ll first have to wade through a number of adventures, this go-round involving an octopus (Ed O’Neill), a whale shark (Kaitlin Olson) and a beluga whale (Ty Burrell).
“Finding Dory” is, in a word, a-dory-ble (Sorry. Just shoot me). It’s cute and poignant and sappy and sentimental and funny and sweet. In other words, another winner from the good folks at Pixar.
If you’re not interested in the sappy sentimentality, the animation is just as gorgeous this time as it was in “Finding Nemo.” The animators really have a feel for life under the sea and really bring it to the screen. The atmosphere is bright and colorful when need be, and murky and dark when necessary. It’s all mesmerizing.
The old characters are their same familiar selves, the new characters are fun. If you were a fan of “Finding Nemo” you will enjoy “Finding Dory” with equal a-dory-ation.
OK. I’m done.