If 2011's "Cars 2" was the epitome of everything wrong with unnecessary sequels, an interminable, flat-footed, hypocritical spy caper that contradicted every last one of the "slow-down-and-enjoy-the-ride" messages imparted by 2006's lovely "Cars," Pixar has had notably better luck with 1999's "Toy Story 2," 2010's "Toy Story 3," and 2013's "Monsters University." The computer-animation studio once more raises the bar on its big-screen continuations with the sublime "Finding Dory," verifying that follow-ups have the ability to be even more boundlessly imaginative than their already-successful predecessors. Thirteen years may stand between 2003's "Finding Nemo" and this picture, but by focusing anew on the first film's standout sidekick—a plucky blue tang fish with short-term memory loss—writer-director Andrew Stanton (2008's "WALL•E") proves there is still a great deal more story to tell.
One year after Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) met widowed clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) and helped him find missing son Nemo (Hayden Rolence, taking over for Alexander Gould), the three have formed their own special family in the deep blue sea. When Nemo's class is taught a lesson on stingray migration and the discussion turns to where each of them come from, Dory experiences an epiphany: she has no idea who her parents are. For a fish who regularly forgets all she has learned every 15 seconds, she has precious little to go on in finding her mom and dad save for, eventually, a location: Morro Bay, California. When Dory finds herself captured and tagged at the Marine Life Institute for imminent transfer to Cleveland, the race is on to find her parents. Agreeing to help her in exchange for her tag is antisocial octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill), a camouflage artist with a desire to live out his days alone, away from the ocean. Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo—the former regretful over a mean thing he said to his friend the last time he saw her—devise a plan to rescue Dory before they are separated forever.
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