A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with writer/director Andrew Stanton about his new Pixar film Finding Dory. The film hit theaters this past weekend and earned an estimated $136.2 million, breaking the record for the biggest animated opening of all time. (Looks like my Summer Movie Wager pick wasn’t that stupid after all, although we’ll have to see how it does in the second weekend to see if it really has a chance to beat Captain America: Civil War this summer.)
I decided to hold off until after release to publish the full interview as we talk about some spoilers (so stop now if you haven’t seen the film). I talked with Andrew about the real and unexpected meaning behind the film’s title, how he tried (or didn’t try) to avoid the traps of “sequelitis,” how the sea lions and Sigourney Weaver got involved, and of course that story about the symbiotic relationship between the Disney’s story trust and Pixar brain trust that I shared last week. Read the full interview now, after the jump.
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Finding Dory is out in theaters this weekend, and it looks on track to break the record for largest opening weekend ever for an animated film. The film currently sits with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and /Film’s Peter Sciretta has called it “more emotional and funny than its predecessor.”
I enjoyed Finding Dory, though I certainly didn’t find it a better film than its predecessor. It borrows story beats liberally from the first film (as well as other Pixar films), but what it lacks in originality it tries to make up for in heart. It mostly succeeds, but there is one bothersome element of the film that I just can’t seem to let go of. Some spoilers for the film follow. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Pixar’s 17th feature film, Finding Dory, is a sequel to its fifth, Finding Nemo. In the world of the movie, only a few months have passed, but in real life it’s been about 13 years since we last dipped below the ocean with Nemo, Marlin, and Dory. Is the magic still there?
If you ask the critics, the answer seems to be “yes”: Finding Dory currently has a 90something rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and our own Peter Sciretta was a big fan. If you ask moviegoers, the answer is also “yes”: Finding Dory is projected to break the all-time opening weekend record for an animated film. But we’re asking you. What did you think of Finding Dory? Join us below for a discussion of Pixar’s latest animated adventure. Be warned that SPOILERS are ahead and in the comments. Read More »
Note: We originally ran Peter’s Finding Dory review on June 10. We’re re-running it now that the film is in theaters.
Finding Dory is an example of why we should never underestimate Pixar. Did we need a sequel to Finding Nemo? No. This film is unnecessary… yet somehow Finding Dory is a fun, rewarding emotional journey. Join me after the jump for a virtually spoiler-free reaction to Pixar’s latest film.
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This weekend brings Pixar Animation’s Finding Dory to theaters, a whole 13 years after its predecessor Finding Nemo enchanted audiences. Having just seen the sequel last night, I can tell you that while it’s not Pixar’s finest effort, it’s still an outstanding family adventure that will make you laugh one minute and tear up the next. Things get a little ridiculous in the third act, even for a movie about talking fish, but it’s still a wonderful movie.
In honor of Pixar’s latest achievement in film, why not take a look back at where it all started, and see how the animation house has evolved over the years? Animation has improved so much since Finding Nemo hit theaters that Finding Dory‘s seascapes and animal animation is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was just 13 years ago. So you can imagine just how much they’ve improved over 30 years. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Finding Dory brings back some key members of the Finding Nemo voice cast, including Albert Brooks as Marlin and of course Ellen DeGeneres as Dory. But one who couldn’t reprise his role was Alexander Gould, who voiced Nemo in the original film. The reason is obvious: Gould was a small child when he recorded the original Nemo, but nowadays he’s a grownup with a grownup’s voice, whereas Nemo has only aged a few months since the last time we saw him.
Fortunately, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton found another way to work Gould into the film. After the jump, learn where you can find the Finding Nemo actor in Finding Dory. Read More »
At the conclusion of Finding Dory, I was surprised to see Wreck-It Ralph/Zootopia director Rich Moore‘s name listed in the special thanks section of the film’s credits. I decided to ask Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton about it and the fascinating story that followed gives us some insight into how the Disney/Pixar creative ecosystem works, and how the creative heads of each company help push each other to create better stories. What’s the story behind that Rich Moore Finding Dory credit? Find out, after the jump.
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This week brings Pixar Animation’s anticipated sequel Finding Dory, the follow-up to the animation studio’s 2003 hit undersea adventure Finding Nemo. The early buzz on the film is that while it treads the same water that the first film covered, it’s still an outstanding sequel and will get the water works flowing from your eyes.
If you still need some more convincing to catch Finding Dory with your family this weekend, some new clips have just emerged online, featuring a bunch of the new aquatic characters, including Kaitlin Olsen and Ty Burrell as a couple of whales, Ed O’Neill as Hank the octopus. Read More »
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Finding Dory doesn’t arrive in theaters until next weekend, but a slew of press and critics have already seen the movie as they participate in press junkets with the cast and crew. Today reviews started hitting the web, and for the most part, it seems the follow-up to Finding Nemo is a worthy successor to the original undersea adventure, though it treads much of the same water. For many, it seems to be just as good as the original, inspiring some tears to roll, but there are a few who weren’t as impressed.
Check out the Finding Dory reviews and early buzz after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Andrew Stanton had built his entire career on animation, with films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E, before making his live-action debut with 2012’s John Carter. This summer’s Finding Dory brings him back into the Pixar fold, but he’s already looking to mix things up again. In a new interview, Stanton revealed that he wants to take a break from animation and return to live-action. And we may not have to wait long to find out what that next project is. Read More »