Ten of my lucky readers won copies of Finding Dory today, and boy are they in for a treat! From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. This movie is overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of bonus extras.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), the film is produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) and executive produced by John Lasseter. Victoria Strouse (“October Road”) wrote the script with Stanton. Veteran composer and longtime Stanton collaborator Thomas Newman (“Bridge of Spies,” “WALL•E,” “Finding Nemo”) created the film’s music score and singer-songwriter Sia performs the film’s end-credit song, “Unforgettable.”
The thing I loved MOST about Finding Dory was its great message. Without spoiling much, the movie has certain scenes take place at an aquarium like facility where the message is clear: rescue, rehabilitate, and release. As a vegan mom raising two vegan little girls, I felt the movie made a very clear point that keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes is not okay. People think I am crazy when I say that I won’t bring the girls to our nearby aquarium, but I can’t align our family morals to visiting a place that only focuses on captivity and not rescue and release. I think Finding Dory opens up a conversation around what is right and wrong when it comes to animal based attractions. So, while Finding Dory rocks on almost every level, I give it two enthusiastic fins up for its positive and important message about animal captivity. Way to go Disney!