Finding Dory (2016) – Teaser Trailer (REACTION)
As has become Pixar tradition, as we are on the eve of their next release, they make a teaser trailer for their next project public. With ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ coming out in November, we have our first teaser for ‘Finding Dory‘ which is a sequel to one of Pixar’s most critically acclaimed films; 2003’s ‘Finding Nemo‘. 13 years later we’re getting a sequel focusing on the comic-relief supporting character voiced by world-famous comedian Ellen DeGeneres. What’s interesting, is that ‘Finding Dory‘ was originally supposed to be released this month, but got pushed back when production of ‘The Good Dinosaur‘ hit several, publicly well-documented snags.
Now, for the trailer, I love the music choice for the opening and it instantly brought me back under-the-sea in this universe (Thomas Newman returns to do the music for the sequel, by the way). It reminded me of just how good the first movie was and makes me want to go back and re-watch it. And then we see Dory talking in her sleep.
“Don’t cry, Mommy. Don’t cry.”
Oh god, Pixar are gonna try and break me again, aren’t they?
The opening is atmospheric, it’s great to see Marlon (still voiced by Albert Brooks) and Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence) again and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store.
But then once Dory remembers her family, the teaser kinda loses me. The rest of the teaser, after such a good opening, just repeats the same joke; Dory can’t remember stuff and Marlon disapproves. Obviously, this is just a 97 second teaser and the movie will probably be around 97 minutes long but I do think the opening and the rest of the teaser feel very at odds.
Now, I’m not saying the movie will be bad. It’s Pixar, even their weaker films like ‘Cars 2‘ are still head and shoulders above most animated fare. But, just like ‘Cars 2’ which was a sequel focusing on the comic-relief character from the first movie, I’m not convinced that ‘Finding Dory‘ is the best use of Pixar’s stellar talent. But even then, I’m reminded of the scene towards the end of ‘Finding Nemo‘ where Marlon wants to go home and Dory opens up to him. Not only was it proof that Ellen DeGeneres has incredible dramatic chops, but it was a perfect way to turn the comic-relief into something truly substantial and effective. I’ve no doubt that Pixar can do something like that again, but they don’t really do it in this teaser.
Honestly, I’d have preferred it if the teaser ended when Dory disappeared from the anemone (or the “amnemonemomne” as Nemo called it in the first movie). But this is just a teaser to let audiences know that the movie is happening and re-kindle interest in the franchise and this teaser does the job well.
I will also say that the visual clarity and upgrade in textures and colour from the first movie is already apparent and that it does look gorgeous animated.
We still have a lot left to learn about ‘Finding Dory‘ in the coming months, as this trailer doesn’t even hint at the new cast members joining the series such as Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olsen, Ed O’Neill, Idris Elba and Dominic West. So we have that to look forward to.
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Posted: 10th Nov 15