Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Finding Dory: April Foolishness

Pixar Animation Studios, the once revered and most beloved American film studio around, is jumping the shark yet again.  Well maybe that's not fair, but on a personal note, I'm completely conflicted about the news blurb that Finding Dory will be coming to a theater near you sometime in November, 2015.  A sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo, which holds a dear place in my heart (it's one of the top five, or maybe four, or maybe three films they've ever made in my book.)  Pixar isn't a stranger to the sequel world, as no one can ever quite escape the lure of franchisicity (I know that's not a word, but I'm using it anyway), but the majesty of the Toy Story films are so good, it's almost easier to swallow the drivel that was Cars 2, the only film in Pixar's illustrious canon that so clearly and obviously came out of corporate greed.  Monsters University, a sequel to 2001's Monsters, Inc. enters cinemas this summer as well.

I'm eternally hopeful that this will be more of a Toy Story-type scenario than a Cars one, but I still have this feverish averse reaction to meddling with gold.  The delight of Finding Nemo was its heart, it's sweetness, it's buoyancy.  Most of that came in the supporting character of Dory, delightfully and magnetically voiced by Ellen DeGeneres in a performance that should have earned an Oscar nomination, regardless of convention or snobbery.  Dory was the perfect supporting character, however, which feels like it might stymie this project.  It was a nearly indispensable character that I liken to those of which Thelma Ritter played in the fifties.

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