Finding Nemo has never been high on my list of Pixar loves. Don't get me wrong, I like it well enough but it's just not a favourite and Dory is a fine character but my expectations for her having her own film were not that high as I assumed that too much Dory would get old pretty quickly.
I just got back from seeing Finding Dory and I don't know if my low expectations had anything to do with it, but I loved that movie and would definitely take it over Finding Nemo almost any day.
Finding Dory is set a year after the first film and follows Dory struggling with her memory loss issues and trying to find her parents.
The 'present day' of the movie is interspersed with flash backs to Dory's childhood and her relationship with her family before they were separated.
I can't quite find words to describe how adorable little Dory is. Her big eyes, her little voice and her confusion and sadness when she realises she's forgotten something yet again are just too much.
Pixar is always pretty great when it comes to sequels but I think this is easily one of the strongest. The mix of old and new characters, heart and humour make for a great movie and one I will be happy to watch and rewatch as the years pass.
So, if you were at all hesitant about this movie, I would suggest giving it a try. The opening short feature Piper, is worth the cost of admission alone.