Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Pixar movies.
When I heard there was going to be a Finding Dory movie, I was excited because she was actually the character I was most curious about. What was her deal? This quirky, loopy soul with memory issues must have an interesting backstory.
And the movie did not disappoint.
Without giving too much away for those who haven’t watch yet, the general story of the movie is Dory on her journey in finding her home.
As we know from Finding Nemo, Dory suffers from short-term memory loss. What I like about Finding Dory and Dory’s character arc in this movie from the beginning to the end is that the essence of her character doesn’t change because of her condition. She may feel broken or defective in a way and blame herself for it but eventually there’s realization that she is more than just this one thing. Her illness is not what defines who she is. Her happy ending isn’t somehow being ‘cured’ of her affliction. It’s about accepting it and being able to thrive with it, not despite of it.
When she’s pressured to do things in what people would consider the conventional way, she gets rattled and things unravel really quickly. But when she’s able to work at her own pace, in her own special way, she’s able to figure out what she needs and how to get it.
There’s always another way. This is something Dory learns from her dad. What works for one person might not work for another. So you can always figure out a way that is best for yourself.
So what would Dory do?
Just keep swimming,