AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 13 – June 19: FINDING DORY

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rsz_findingdoryposterOpening June 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Finding Dory, Pixar’s long awaited sequel to their 2003 hit animation Finding Nemo, which places Nemo’s forgetful blue fish friend Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) at the centre of the action Read on…

The original’s writer/director Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, John Carter) returns for screenplay and helming duties, with long-time Pixar animator Angus MacLane (Finding Nemo, Cars, Up) coming on board as co-director.

They are joined by an exceptional voice cast, including Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Idris Elba, Dominic West and Sigourney Weaver, who breathe genuine life into Stanton’s razor-sharp screenplay and Pixar’s gorgeous visuals. And it all looks absolutely stunning, of course. Animation technology has moved on in leaps and bounds in the 13 years since Pixar debuted Finding Nemo and the studio uses every tool at their disposal to create a lush and magical under-sea world that will once again enchant audiences of all ages.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Pam Grady: Ellen DeGeneres returns as the little blue tang with short-term memory loss in Finding Dory, the latest Pixar animation to blend comedy and pathos as she becomes separated from her adoptive family and can’t remember how to find them or her own mom and dad.

Nell Minow: Finding Dory looks like the most heartwarming film of the year.

Anne Brodie: Hands down Finding Dory – there are few animated franchises that are as enchanting and powerful as this.

Leba Hertz: Finding Dory. It’s Pixar – nothing fishy about this fish movie.

Thelma Adams: Since I am a mother, I would have to say Finding Dory; every mother of small children will inevitably see it.

Film Details:
Title: Finding Dory
Directors: Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Running Time: 103 minutes
Language: English
Principal Cast: Ellen Degeneres, Sigourney Weaver, Diane Keaton, Idris Elba, Albert Finney
Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton
Production Companies: Pixar Animation, Walt Disney Studios
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Official Site & Trailer

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Thelma Adams, Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Candice Frederick, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

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Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.