I love video games. This hasn't changed since I first got my hands on an SNES controller at three years old. However, there is something else that holds a very special place in my heart, and that something else would be nothing other than Disney/Pixar. So, as you can imagine, when it was announced that Finding Nemo would FINALLY be getting a sequel, Finding Dory, I was BEYOND happy. As it usually happens when a big story breaks, I wanted to take some time and reflect on this story and look back on a company that more or less defined my childhood and still impacts me today.
As with any successful film, a sequel is just expected these days. Why not capitalize on the success and keep the momentum going? With Finding Nemo, which released back in 2003, Pixar seemed to be taking a different route. They didn't want to rush into things and churn out something that wouldn't live up to the name of the first film. This is something I truly respect. I would rather not have a movie at all then have a movie that is shoddily and quickly put together, becoming just another bargain-bin direct-to-dvd piece of garbage.
I, as I'm sure many around the world do as well, hold Disney and Pixar to a much higher standard. They create stories and feature films that define and shape young and old people from every corner of our planet. From films such as The Lion King, which dealt with loss, redemption, and "the circle of life", to Wall-E, which told a cautionary tale of what our world could become if we aren't careful, these movies aren't afraid to ask the big questions and deliver an honest, satisfying answer that resonate with millions. People will sometimes wrongfully categorize these movies as "just for kids", and while that may hold true in some cases, that is simply not the truth. These films embody so much more and that's why they have been so extremely successful since the earliest days of Mickey.
I want to dive back down and surf the EAC with Crush and Squirt again, I want to see if Bruce, Chum and Anchor have kept to their strict "fish are friends, not food" meal plan. That's why this is so exciting. When you look back through Finding Nemo, so many scenes and characters stand out that it just makes perfect sense to want to visit them once more.
Unfortunately, our trip back will have to wait a while, as the release of this film is set for November 25th, 2015. The way I see it though, that just gives them even more time to perfect a movie that has to follow up the masterpiece that was Finding Nemo.
Love or hate the idea of them revisiting this franchise, one thing holds true, this world is an incredible place to visit and the studio holding the reins have some of most talented men and women in the business and I have full confidence that they will deliver. If not, I know a few sharks who are on the lookout for a new diet.
Are you excited for Finding Dory?? What are your concerns? What are you excited about?! Also, what locations and/or characters from Finding Nemo should they revisit and where would YOU take the story? Let me know in the comments below!!
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