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Finding Dory


Stars: Voices: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Hayden Rolence, Idris Elba, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Dominic West, Kaitlin Olson, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Ty Burrell

Director: Andrew Stanton

Dory (DeGeneres), the blue tang fish with short-term memory loss, determines to find her long-lost parents. Soon separated from her clown-fish friends Marlon (Brooks) and Nemo (Rolence), her problem, naturally, involves forgetting directions and, although transported across the ocean by an enthusiastic turtle, she ends up in a California aquapark, where she becomes involved with a seven-tentacled octopus called Hank (O'Neill), a beluga with telepathic powers and a (very) near-sighted whale shark (Olson).

All of them, apart from the octopus, who wants to live in a tank in Cleveland, long to return to the open sea. And Marlon and Nemo are soon in the same plight. But a pop-eyed waterfowl called Becky may provide the answer.

Often shot against murky marine backgrounds, this is much more static than Finding Nemo and not half as much fun. But restless children should be persuaded to stay to the end (or woken up), as the story finally picks up pace when Dory's friends try to free her (and the octopus) from a truck heading inland.

The octopus's abilities for chameleon-like camouflage are fun, if underused, but Dory's relationships with her parents are ickily sentimental, while Dory herself, an amusing sideline attraction in Nemo, just doesn't make a viable central character.

The film does retain some of the charm of the original, but the story is very slim. 'This isn't going anywhere,' moans Dory (a marathon, if repetitive voiceover for DeGeneres) and the film flogs her memory loss half to death.

In the same bill is Piper (U), a cute six-minute short about a sandpiper chick's introduction to life on the beach and the perils of the great wide ocean.

David Quinlan

USA 2016. UK Distributor: Disney. Technicolor.
98 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: U.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 29 Jul 2016