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Finding Dory 101: Who Are Dory's Parents?

Finding Dory comes at a time when a bunch of big budget blockbusters have been underperforming.

Disney•Pixar's "Finding Dory" reunites everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. Finding Dory brings back the fantastic characters, wonderful jokes and the fun story with important morals. The movie begins in the open ocean, with Albert Brooks back as Nemo's dad Marlin. Do they find Dory's parents or not? The familiar names add so much more than most voice casts, in this story of the absent-minded "Dory" who gets separated from her parents and sets out to find them. It should also jolt the summer box office, which has declined 18% from last summer and seen disappointing returns from "Warcraft" and sequels such as "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" in recent weeks. But she finds help in the form of Hank (Ed O'Neill), a seven-legged octopus with a penchant for escape. Dory's back story is a loose plot thread in the original, the absence of her family a point that deserves to be addressed properly. Also aiding her in her quest are Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a near-sighted whale shark, and Bailey (Ty Burrell), a beluga whale whose normally reliable sonar is on the fritz.

Dory may have trouble recalling exactly what - or who - she's searching for, but she won't give up until she uncovers her past and discovers something else along the way: self-acceptance. And that makes this movie resonate long after you're done laughing and crying. All of the animals here are done well, as are the attractive ocean setting and the ocean preserve that Dory and friends soon find themselves at.

Finding Nemo's co-writer/director Andrew Stanton once again pens the screenplay and steers the action (this time with the help of Angus MacLane) ensuring that, for fans, it's a welcome addition to that fishy tale, with the same blend of humour, compassion and family-loving warmth. Even without a voice, the geniuses at Pixar have created an unforgettable character here who earns laughs whenever she's onscreen. On top of that, the jokes in Finding Dory are somewhat repetitive, lack originality and, only a few times, are actually amusing.



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