While at Disney Social Media Moms this spring, we got the chance to preview the first part of Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory before it hit theaters. It was about 30 seconds into the showing when I knew that Finding Dory wasn't going to disappoint and it was definitely going to become a favorite Disney film.
When we finally got the opportunity to see the whole film this summer, I realized just how right I was. The story begins where Finding Nemo left off and shows how our favorite forgetful blue tang has adjusted since Nemo returned home.
As we learn how Nemo, Marlin, and Dory have adjusted since their journey across the ocean, we’re reminded that we don’t know anything of Dory’s past and where she came from. Returning director Andrew Stanton describes why he decided to revisit Dory’s past by saying, “I realized that I was worried about Dory. The idea of her short-term memory loss and how it affected her was unresolved. What if she got lost again?” His response to this question is the touching tale of friendship and family that’s truly unforgettable … perhaps even for Dory.
We all found ourselves laughing and enjoying the film in theaters, and then we laughed about it for weeks afterwards. Before we saw the full theatrical release, I was scared that the second film wouldn’t have the same heart and humor as the original Finding Nemo, but that was quickly put to rest. It turns out sometimes sequels are just as great as originals, and it is possible to follow up a movie as awesome as Finding Nemo without failing.
It only took 13 years to come to life, but it was well worth the wait. Ironically, the last part of waiting has been the hardest and we've basically been counting down the days until we could finally own the movie and watch it whenever we want. We’re thrilled that Finding Dory swims home just in time for the holidays on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Oct. 25 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 15.
Aside from the feature presentation, the Finding Dory Blu-ray and DVD combo pack takes us on an underwater adventure with hours of immersive bonus features. We all adored “Piper,” the theatrical short film starring an adorable sandpiper hatchling, that we saw in theaters, but we equally loved some of the new bonus features like the all-new mini short featuring interviews with Dory’s pals from the Marine Life Institute as they remember Dory.
You can take a behind-the-scenes look at the film and see never-before-seen deleted scenes, including a digital exclusive featuring the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo.” I especially loved watching The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar to see how Hank the cranky octopus came to life and the challenges he brought to the film. The feature What Were We Talking About? showcases the complex nature of constructing a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss. In Deep in the Kelp, Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In it we find out just how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
Do you want even more Finding Dory fun? Check out these fun activities you can do to celebrate the release.