Pixar prevail in what could have been a sequely Nemo no-go.
It’s been a long time since we found Nemo, and forgot about Dory forgetting. Plenty of goodness has come and gone to challenge the all conquering Pixar since then. Gru, the Minions and that popular ice queen who still refuses to “Let it go” to name a few. Zootropolis this year was also fantastic but a little overlooked.
Pixar itself has had mainly hits with a couple of misses, but even a poor Pixar is generally adored.
A quick Dory’esque flashback / reflection on what Pixar has been about to give context to why this fish finds her flippers again…
Pixar represented the rebellion of one of Disney’s most talented parting with what he thought was a flawed sinking ship, dreaming he could do better. John Lasseter loved the genre of family animation, and grasped it back, reclaiming its founding principles – story and characters that we care about and relate to. To laugh, cry and to sing along with them. His genius was to embrace the modern age using technology and ingenuity to reassemble these elements back on the big screen using state of the art technology and people who weren’t afraid to create with it. A new breed of digitally drawing artists.
The mission not to modernise for the sake of modernity, but to use a new tool box to deliver the magic for children and adults alike. The first Toy Story feels a very long time ago now, but this was the perfect example of this being realised.
John Lasseter has since, and some say increasingly ruthlessly so, assembled a dream team of collaborators who can innovate both in story telling and what is possible visually and technically speaking… bringing us back to one of their star players Andrew Stanton, who directs Dory.
Dory is a character developed worthy of leading an ensemble of characters we already know, as well as introducing some new ones. There is stunning animation that feels like old Nemo, but subtly introduces upgrades and new possibilities on screen. The emotions you will feel, the humour, drama, action and a gripping chase scene are all of the highest quality, that I think will engage adults and children effectively for the full running time.
This is not Pixar at its absolute best for me (Wall-E and The Incredibles still personal favourites), but I preferred this much more to critically adored Inside Out. This might be because I’m more in touch with my “inner lost fish with short term memory”, as opposed to “teenage girl and family anxiety” side.
Dory is a solid all rounder, that swims proudly in the Pixar Pond. 8/10.