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Finding Dory *SPOILER ALERT* Review

Directors: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

There is no limitation to cuteness that Disney can do, giving audience the beachmark of aww factor. This Finding Dory doesn't fall short, the long awaited seaquel to Nemo thirteen years on, but only a year after Nemo so none of them have aged a bit.

American TV superhost Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice the titled star Dory, the lovable blue tang who suffers from short term memory loss, loves sand because it's squishy and gets a sudden urge to find her parents. Albert Brooks returns as Father clownfish, Marlin and Hayden Rolence does a superb job of replacing Alexander Gould as Nemo, though Gould is still casted with a small part.

The new cast of characters are good including Idris Elba, this being his third Disney appearance this year after Zootropia and Jungle Book. It's not the first time Sigourney Weaver has loaned her voice to Disney either, voicing the Axiom in WALL·E. Ed O'Neill is brilliant as Hank the octopus, or was it septipus? Bill Hader, Dominic West, Diane Keaton and American Pie's Dad, Eugene Levy make up the rest of the cast among others.

Another two additions is Destiny the short sighted Whale Shark played by Kaitlin Olson and Bailey the Beluga played by Ty Burrell, both giving great comedy value, I can see these two both becoming favourites. And then you have the sea lions which remind me of the hyenas from The Lion King and the huggable Otters (I love otters.)

WALL·E/Nemo director is again at the helm so it's very much a 'Nemo' film in terms of style and feel, so fans of the first shouldn't be disappointed. It's super fast paced possibly so kids don't lose interest and so much happens in the 97minute running which goes from one side of the ocean to the other turning into a far fetched but brilliant rescue/escape mission filled with Dory flashbacks of her super cute childhood.

It's pretty much the same team as before and Thomas Newman also returns to reprise his score which is reminiscent of Nemo, enchanting and atmospheric filled with jazz tones and the occasional operatic.

It's certainly a great addition to the Pixar/Disney catalogue not forgetting to mention the 'Piper' short at the beginning which shows how far the animation has come. Yet another good job by the class of A113 and everyone else involved.

Running Time: 9

The Cast: 8

Performance: 8

Direction: 8

Story: 8

Script: 7

Creativity: 8

Soundtrack: 8

Job Description: 8

The Extra Bonus Point: 10 for the assortment of good new characters, Hank, the sea-lions and of course the otters.

82% 8/10

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