Parents Jenny and Charlie adore little Dory, the blue
tang fish. But she has short-term memory loss and just as they feared, she’s
lost and doesn’t know how to get home. Or where home is. Or who her parents are
or even how long she’s been lost.
She does have a new family in Marlin and Nemo who set
off with her to look for her parents.
Until the inevitable happy reunion with her parents,
Dory’s adventurous search is dotted with a wide variety of marine life. Hank
the octopus with seven hands makes a strong and interesting debut. All the
creatures of the sea add to the cuteness quotient that’s so necessary to keep
an animation film going. But very young viewers will find the content long and
heavy while the discerning adult will be put off by the forced situations,
stock characters and general silliness.
Dory finally swims her way to the Marine Life
Institute in California where Sigourney Weaver’s voice-over is overused. Her ‘Rescue,
rehabilitation and release’ mantra is repeated once too often. ‘You can do
anything’ and ‘There’s always another way’, are two other chants that are
dinned into the viewer.
The lineup of famous names which includes Ellen
DeGeneres is commendably professional. But the writing is too conscious that it has to be cuddly cute all the way and there must be
a few messages en route.
Add an implausible climax of the octopus driving a
truck and finding sense in this 1 hr 45 mins film with 3D glasses, gets to be a
challenge. By the way, directors Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane’s title
itself is rather wonky as nobody finds Dory. It’s Dory who finds her parents
because, as the chant goes, you can do anything, even if you have short term
For a film where the characters appeal but the
screenplay doesn’t, Finding Dory
gets a 2* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author