The highly anticipated Finding Dory is finally here, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Thirteen years in the making, Finding Dory is the sequel to Finding Nemo, and focuses on Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) and how she lost her parents as a child.

It follows her journey through the ocean looking for them and subsequently forgetting that she was looking for them, as poor Dory suffers from short-term memory loss. During her quest to find her parents, Dory literally swims smack bang into Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and this is when the events of Finding Nemo transpire. One year later, Dory, Marlin, and his son Nemo (voiced by Hayden Rolence) are living happily on the Great Barrier Reef when something triggers Dory’s memory, reminding her that she was meant to be searching for her parents.

A trip through the currents of the Pacific Ocean to the waters of California ensues, where upon arrival, Dory learns that her parents are not from the ocean, but in fact, from a marine life institute. A series of comical adventures and mishaps occur along the way, and many new characters such as Hank (voiced by Ed O’Neill), Destiny (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), and Bailey (voiced by Ty Burrell) are introduced.Finding Dory is the ultimate family movie—it provides laughter and entertainment to people of all ages, and also promotes a number of life lessons, teaching children that being different is special. A highlight of Finding Dory was its ability to integrate well-loved characters, such as Mr. Ray (voiced by Bob Peterson) and Crush (voiced by Andrew Stanton), with a number of new characters that we had not met before, such as Dory’s parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy).

This saved the film from feeling stagnant and repetitive, and added a new dimension to the sequel. Keep an eye out for the adorable sea otters in their starring role!As always, the world of Dory, Marlin, and Nemo plays out against the beautiful backdrop of our oceans and provides a timely reminder to preserve and look after them. Even the short film at the beginning, Piper, highlights Disney Pixar’s amazing animation ability while giving us an insight into the fragility of our environment. Overall, while Finding Dory may not be as iconic or quotable as Finding Nemo— remember “Fin. Noggin’. Duuuuuuude!”?—it is still an emotional and entertaining movie that the whole family should see.

Words by Erin Ibbott
Image via Disney Pixar