For months, my little one has cooed and squealed the word “DORY” at almost every blue fish he has seen! We were thrilled to have the opportunity to do this Finding Dory DVD Blu Ray Review! So much so that when it arrived Monday night, my son had the envelope open and the DVD in the player before I had even set the groceries down when we got home.
Normally I like to set up some themed snacks, and decorations, but this time around my little guy was not waiting on that. When we went to see the movie back this summer, we had to leave before the end of the showing, and he’s been eagerly awaiting to watch the rest ever since.
There are 2 shorts on this DVD, both in which I loved thoroughly. Piper, which showed before Finding Dory at the theaters as well, and Marine Life Interviews. Piper is a moving tale of courage, that as with most Pixar shorts, brought a tear to my eye. Not to mention the little star of the short, was completly adorable. The second short, is done a bit documentary style, and features residents of the Marine Life Institute reminiscing about Dory. It was definetly on the more humorous side, where Piper was on the heart string pulling side.
My son doesn’t usually sit still during a full movie, but for Finding Dory, it was all eyes on the screen. The underwater world was even more vivid, and lifelike than in the Original Finding Nemo movie, which I have to admit is impressive. I wasn’t sure if this could be pulled off into a sequel, but I was wrong. This story is a completly organic continuation of the first, and a direction that it only made sense to head in. New characters have been introduced flawlessly, and two characters who weren’t supposed to be in the spotlight completly shined. Those characters are of course Becky and Gerald, although small parts, they were big hits. I also love how they managed to work in the otters, because I love me some otter cuteness!
Of course this DVD Blu Ray came packed with bonus features:
- Marine Life Interviews– MLI residents remember our favorite blue tang.
- Piper Short Film– A sandpiper hatchling digs for food in the sand and encounters scary waves.
- Animation & Acting– A look at the art of creating a deep and profound connection between an audience and a fish.
- The Octopus that Nearly Broke Pixar– Unravel the challenges and rewards of bringing to life Pixar’s crankiest, most technically challenging character ever.
- Deep in the Kelp– See how far the crew went to make Dory’s world believable
- Deleted Scenes
- Creature Features– The cast of “Finding Dory” share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film.
- Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer– “Finding Dory” character art director Jason Deamer talks about how he got to Pixar, how he draws the characters in the film, and how falling off a skateboard teaches you lessons you can use in art and life.
- Dory’s Theme– A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme.
- Rough Day on the Reef– Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you’ll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making “Finding Dory.”
- Commentary– Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins deliver their personal perspective on “Finding Dory.”
No Pixar movie is complete with out “Easter Eggs”, and it was fun trying to spot and find them! Here’s a few you can find, if you haven’t seen them yet.
- NOSTALGIC WHEELS – The truck that is featured late in the movie features a logo from the 1986 short “Luxo, Jr.” produced by Pixar and directed by John Lasseter. The short’s success helped launch the studio, and the image of the desk lamp appears in Pixar’s iconic logo today.
The license plate on the truck sports A113, which is reminiscent of the CalArts classroom for first-year graphic design and character animation where many of the artists and animators at Pixar began to build their craft.
Sets Art Director Don Shank’s name can be seen in the truck’s grill.
- TAG IT – The tags donned by the lazy sea lions snoozing outside the Marine Life Institute together bear the iconic A113. While Rudder’s tag reads A1, Fluke’s says 13.
- FIELD TRIP – Riley from 2015’s “Inside Out” appears in a group of kids touring the Marine Life Institute. She is clearly featured in a frame with Dory.
- MAP IT – The registration number for the zodiac boat that picks up Dory in the bay outside the Marine Life Institute is PA1200, which represents Pixar’s address: 1200 Park Avenue.
Be sure to check out the bonus clip of Dory’s origin below, it was really fascinating to us!
This was a truly enjoyable and entertaining film for our family, and has splashed it’s way to the top of our Pixar Favorites list! I honestly didn’t think anything was going to bump Cars from my son’s number 1 list, but Finding Dory did! The Finding Dory DVD Blu Ray is available now, in time for the Holidays!
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