“Just keep swimming” is a mantra that we have repeated ever since Finding Nemo came out in 2003. As a result, Dory, the loveable and forgetful blue tang, captivates audiences both young and old. Thirteen years later, the sequel has been released to movie theaters. Finding Dory follows past and new characters like Hank, Bailey, and Destiny. The movie details Dory finding her family, whom she recollects are in “the jewel of Morro Bay, California”. This is the nickname for the Marine Life Institute, which strongly resembles Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Finding Dory: More Than a Children’s Movie

Full of comedic gold, as offered by Dory’s poor memory, the movie is certain to entertain children of all ages. It also offers a meaningful and inspiring message, in this case to parents of children with a disability. As Dory remembers experiences with her parents, it’s clear that Dory’s mother and father had a difficult time raising her. During their struggle helping  Dory do everyday tasks and cope with her circumstances, they remained cheerful and supportive. They never let Dory feel she was different as a child, but instead gave her confidence, and provided her with the phrase of “just keep swimming.” Her parents’ experience also resembles that of someone whose mother or father has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, which is relatable to many. Let’s just say I wasn’t the only one who left with watery eyes.

Destiny the whale shark is a new loveable character in Finding Dory.

Destiny the whale shark is a new loveable character in Finding Dory.

The plot itself is brilliant and is sure to exceed all expectations. Disney very rarely has a sequel that is as good as the original, but Finding Dory is one of them. The cast is perfect. It includes the recognizable voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Ed O’Neill … and  Sigourney Weaver as Sigourney Weaver. When going to a local theater to watch the movie, very few kids were among the crowd. A part of the reason was that I saw it within a few days of its release, and busy parents probably hadn’t made time to see it yet. Another reason is that Disney and Pixar movies don’t just target people under the age of twelve. Everyone has something to take away from their films, which is why the Walt Disney Company has had so much success.

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