Finding Dory is the sequel to Finding Nemo, Pixar’s 2003 computer-animated film about Marlin, an overprotective clownfish, who lost his son, Nemo. Together with an adorable regal tang named Dory, Marlin embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to find his son.
The only catch? Cheerful and optimistic Dory suffers from short-term memory loss.
In Finding Dory, Dory now resides happily with the clownfish family in the Great Barrier Reef. However, she starts experiencing dreams and flashbacks of her parents and her home prior to meeting Marlin and Nemo. After a particularly enlightening lecture on stingray migration, Dory’s memories are triggered and she developed an overwhelming urge to find her parents, only vaguely recalling that they lived at “the Jewel of Morro Bay, California”, a Marine Life Institute.
So how does a paranoid adult clownfish, a little clownfish with a deformed fin and an amnesiac regal tang make their way from Sydney to California? On the back of a turtle, with a little luck and lots of positivity.
Finding Dory teaches us to never scorn someone for their weaknesses/differences because we all have our own strengths and talents. Despite being an amnesiac, Dory can speak whale (her childhood friend in the aquarium was a short-sighted whale shark), and is able to solve problems by simplifying them. Marlin, on the other hand, due to his overprotective nature probably had the hardest time leaving his comfort zone and had to be encouraged by his son to “think like Dory” in order to get out sticky situations.
The movie also teaches us that we should never let our fear stand in our way of achieving our goals. And in the process of achieving our goals, we should never lose sight of our families and loved ones because when the chips are down, they are the ones who will always have our backs.