Finding Dory, released 13 years after Finding Nemo, is finally available to own on Blu-ray. It was a huge hit when it released to theaters this summer. Realistically, huge might be an understatement, as Finding Dory smashed boxed office records as the highest-grossing domestic animated release of all time. It’s a film that feels somewhat familiar, and is centered around Pixar’s all-time best characters, the very forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres).
Alongside another of Disney’s recent releases (Pete’s Dragon), this is another movie that would be great as a Christmas gift for many of the same reasons. It’s safe for any occasion and can be enjoyed by the youngest and oldest members of your family at the same time. There’s no need to worry about fast-forward segments of a movie that you’re concerned about the little members of your family seeing. Likewise, you won’t have to work at keeping the older members interested. It’s an excellent movie, and perhaps might even be better than Finding Nemo. Pixar is a studio that is planning to release more original movies rather than an endless array of sequels. They currently have a slate of sequels planned into 2019 (Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and The Incredibles 2), but after that, they are going to go back to focusing primarily on new content. And, while I definitely applaud that decision, when they do sequels this good, it kinda makes you want to see a 2nd Ratatouille or WALL-E or even their most recent original hit, Inside Out, because Finding Dory is so well done, I don’t have a need to spend much time on the film itself. There are already plenty of reviews, and the movie was obviously extremely popular, to say the very least.
Finding Dory has a number of excellent Bonus Features. We really liked the the information about the background trip research at aquariums that was discussed in the “Deep in the Kelp” bonus. It’s interesting to see the great lengths that go into just the planning stages and there are so many other great features detailed below.
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:
- Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
- Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.
- The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.
- What Were We Talking About? – This piece showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss.
- Casual Carpool – What’s it like to commute with the voices of Marlin, Charlie, Bailey and Hank? Join “Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work.
- Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
- Creature Features – The cast of “Finding Dory” share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film.
- Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
- Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer – “Finding Dory” character art director Jason Deamer talks about how he got to Pixar, how he draws the characters in the film, and how falling off a skateboard teaches you lessons you can use in art and life.
- Dory’s Theme – A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme.
- Rough Day on the Reef – Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you’ll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making “Finding Dory.”
- Commentary – Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins deliver their personal perspective on “Finding Dory.”
- Deleted Scenes (introduced by director Andrew Stanton)
- Losing Nemo – While watching the stingray migration, Dory starts to follow two fish that remind her of her parents, leaving Nemo all alone.
- Little Tension in Clown Town – In this alternate version of the film, Dory tries to “follow her fins” to her parents, but ends up in a strange place with even stranger fish fashion.
- Dory Dumped – In this early version of the story, Dory’s parents had short-term memory loss as well.
- Sleep Swimming – Dory begins to talk and swim in her sleep, revealing what seem to be clues to her past.
- Meeting Hank – Wandering the Marine Life Institute’s elaborate pipe system, Dory happens upon the abode of Hank the cranky octopus.
- The Pig – Frantically navigating the pipes of the Marine Life Institute in search of her parents, Dory crosses paths with a terrifying cleaning device.
- Starting Over – Director Andrew Stanton presents four different versions of the movie’s opening scene to illustrate the filmmakers’ search for the best way to introduce Dory’s backstory and to connect this new film to “Finding Nemo.”
- Tank Gang (Digital exclusive) – After a close encounter with a squid leaves them separated from Dory, Marlin and Nemo unexpectedly meet up with the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo,” who make it their mission to get to the Marine Life Institute … by any means necessary.
- Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory (Digital exclusive) – Take a deep dive to catch secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie. And just like Hank, they’re hidden in plain sight.
- Theatrical Short: Piper & Commentary