Three weeks into the subaqueous sequel adventure, Finding Dory has already managed to surpass its budget of $200 million, with an astounding $408.4 million. The adventurous sea creatures, Marvin, Nemo and Dory, are living together as nothing more than a loving family, but this continuation brought much more than just corralling a family together.
There's even more to this story, as the movie carries something psychological to Pixar's latest hit; Something that generated its own powerful, engaging messages. Brace yourselves, cause there will be mild spoilers up ahead.
The Mental Abnormalities in the Film
We've known of the strenuous condition Dory has since her first comical appearance in 2003s Finding Nemo. Well, she is back at it, having to overcome the repetitive occurrence. She returns with her silly absent-mindedness that continues to disrupt her every decision. Except now she has to find very important people.
My family! They're out there somewhere - I have to find them! - Dory
This sequel's theme revolves around family, friends and health conditions. Dory has to face her very own issue in order to find her mom and dad, who she had accidentally left behind in her childhood. As the movie proceeds, it flashes back to a younger Dory who's learning various things from her parents, but what she doesn't realize is the added help they are continuously providing in order to help her memory. They try using the simplest objects. Things like shells or color were used as tools to embed in her subconsciousness, hence the reason she's able to familiarize purple shells with her mother.
The context behind the film's mental abnormalities lies heavily on reuniting the characters with loved ones. Its intentions are clear, showing what the protagonist is willing to do or stakes she'd reach in order to find her parents. It displays the strain memory loss can take on an individual. It correlates with certain illnesses, many people are dealing with everyday day, e.g., Alzheimers, retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia. This helps us connect with the character(s), relating things to ourselves or someone in our family who's suffering from a similar disease.
The Physical Abnormalities in the Film
While the story revolves around someone with amnesia, it starts to address the many disadvantages that can plague anyone. For instance, the whale shark Destiny— played by Kaitlin Olson—is nearsighted. She is unable to see a few feet ahead of her, which causes her to run (swim into) many things. Then there's the beluga whale, played by Ty Burrell, who has temporarily lost his echolocation ability due to a concussion. Even Ed O'Neill's character Hank; a red octopus, has lost a tentacle, but with this disadvantage, he shows he's still able to slither, tangle or climb various areas. His ill-tempered attitude blinds his actions, and has him deep into believing he's better off alone somewhere in a container. His side story relied on showing who he can trust. The sea animal he could feel at home with, and Dory was the fish that brought the comfort to him.
There were many more characters willing to face their obstacles. The context within the film's use of physical abnormalities has them at their lows, before granting us with their highs. Some have triumphed over their temporary issue, while others built ways to get through its difficulties.
There have been many success stories of people who've dealt with disorders such as, depression, anxiety or even visual disabilities. The latter being those who were able to find ways to see more clearly, whether it's wearing contacts or sporting glasses. Even those who have gone into the LASIK treatment option for eye care. They have all stood against the issues, overcoming them, and were finally able to feel more like themselves again. That's part of the many messages that played a fragment in this visual escaping underwater world.
Pixar Shows Us How to Overcome Our Disadvantages
After all of the strenuous ventures that partook in this movie, it brought the characters together, displaying how they're dealing with what used to overburden them. They are happy. It's certainly a "happy ending". It shows the viewers (us) a sense of winning. With its vibrant color scheme, it further displays its happiness. This is the bliss we should stride for, and the thing we should never let be shunned again. So go in and find your message. Let them be your "Easter Eggs" of this non-Superhero film. I hope they are as gripping as those I've found. Don't forget to tell everyone, so they can experience this amazing sequel while it's still in theaters.