Sunday, October 30, 2016

Digital Review - Finding Dory (2016)

This year's hit animated film Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on November 15th, but it's already available to purchase on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) with over two hours of bonus features & extras.

Directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Dory take place a year later after the events that occurred in 2003's Finding Nemo. The forgetful Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) suddenly has a childhood flashback about her parents, leading her to make the decision to venture out into the ocean to search for them. There is only one problem - Dory keeps forgetting she has short-term memory loss!

Nemo and his father Marlin decide to join Dory in her quest to find her parents, which leads them to the Marine Life Institute. They have to find a way to get into the institute after Dory is taken there for quarantine.

While inside the institute, Dory befriends an octopus named Hank who might know the whereabouts of her parents

Special Features/Bonus Extras are:
  • Exclusive Bonus:
    • Deleted Scene: Tank Gang
  • Shorts:
    • Marine Life Interviews
    • Piper
  • Beyond the Story:
    • Deep in the Kelp
  • Behind the Scenes:
    • Skating & Sketching With Jason Deamer
    • Animation & Acting
    • Rough Day On The Reef
    • The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar
    • What Were They Talking About?
  • Bonus Scenes:
    • Deleted Scene: Little Tension In Clown Town
    • Deleted Scene: Starting Over
    • Deleted Scene: Sleep Swimming
    • Deleted Scene: Dory Dumped
    • Deleted Scene: Meeting Hank
    • Deleted Scene: Introduction
    • Deleted Scene: The Pig
    • Deleted Scene: Losing Nemo
  • Cast & Crew:
    • Creature Features
    • Casual Carpool
  • Music & More:
    • Dory's Theme
  • Etc.:
    • Stingrays
    • Hidden Secrets Of Finding Dory
    • Finding Nemo As Told By Emoji
    • Sea Grass
    • Swim To The Surface
    • Audio Commentary
    • Open Ocean
    • Promo & Trailers: 
      • Fish Schticks
      • Sleep Swimming - USA Trailer Trailer
      • Theatrical Payoff – Japan Trailer
      • Journey – Russia Trailer
      • Can't Remember – Spain Trailer 

Final Thoughts

While I have never been a big fan of the first film Finding Nemo, I did enjoy watching Finding Dory on Digital HD. The story is well-written, the computer-animation is beautiful, and the voice-cast is excellent.

The picture and sound quality on the Digital HD is topnotch. There are plenty of bonus extras included with the Digital HD, including the Pixar short "Piper." Many of the deleted scenes were never fully animated, so they are show in drawings. The longest is "Tank Gang" which runs at nearly 15 minutes and involves the Tank Gang from the first film. There are many "behind-the-scenes" features showcasing how the Pixar crew made the film.

Overall, Finding Dory is one of those rare sequels that surpasses the original. I thought the film was adorable with several laugh out loud moments.

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