By Jack Dignan
It’s been thirteen years since Pixar took us deep into the sea with Finding Nemo, a smash hit with both audiences and critics alike. Now, in 2016, we finally get Finding Dory. Or at least, we’re about to, but for now, we have the trailer. The first look at the film was released a couple of months back, and while it didn’t really raise my expectations or anything, it was just a teaser. It was meant to tease and tease it did. With this new trailer, we get a slightly better look at the anticipated sequel, and while it still holds back a lot, what we get is looking promising. It hasn’t raised my hype just yet, but it’s on track to be a good film.
It’s safe to say that Pixar have successfully plunged audiences back into their underwater universe. If nothing else, this feels exactly like a Finding Nemo sequel should. The animation is looking gorgeous, as you'd expect, replicating the style from the first film, as well as most of Pixar’s movies, which yes, is a very good thing. With The Good Dinosaur the environments were ultra-realistic, and while it worked in that film, putting that in Finding Dory wouldn’t suit. I’m not going to lie, I was worried they were going to do that. The technology is available and they could’ve easily used it, but the cartoony look suits this film best. Let’s hope they don’t change this before the final film is released.
The plot for Finding Dory is still very vague, and perhaps that’s a good thing. All we know is that Dory is in search of her family, and this trailer doesn’t really give us too many new plot elements to go off. This has my curiosity raised. Is the story really as simple as it appears, just like with The Good Dinosaur? Or will Pixar be taking this simple premise of going home and turn it into some deep and moving tale, just like with Inside Out? As much as I love The Good Dinosaur, I’m really hoping it’s the latter one.
One thing I’m most definitely worried about is that Finding Dory’s plot will replicate Finding Nemo’s, and this trailer certainly hints at it. Many sequels, particularly comedy sequels, fall into this trap, replicating the first film's plot scene for scene. In this trailer, we have the return of the turtles, as well as what seems to be an office of sorts where Dory is trapped (just like the dentist in the first film), and the whole thing involves a plot about finding a family member. It sounds very familiar, and I really hope Pixar have a few tricks up their sleeves.
When it comes down to it, however, this is merely another teaser, and I don’t want to know the answers to all my questions until I’m seated in the cinema in June. What we got this morning was a cute teaser for what I’m hoping will be a very cute movie. It’s an adventure I can’t wait to go on, and we’re just a few months out now. I’m sure we’ll be getting another look at the film in the coming months, and maybe by then my very small doubts will be washed away. Pixar, I have faith in you. Don’t let me down. Finding Dory opens on the 16th June and the trailer can be viewed below.