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Finding Dory review: Fishy pal's quest hits the right note

By Damon Smith

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is the next-shell neighbour of Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his young son, Nemo (Hayden Rolence) on the Great Barrier Reef.

During a field trip to witness the stingray migration, the loveable blue tang experiences a rush of fragmented memories of her parents Charlie (Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Diane Keaton).

"I miss 'em", Dory tells Marlin, and the plucky fish embark on an epic quest to California to reunite the forgetful daughter with her loved ones. Initially, the travellers ride strong currents with sea turtle Crush (Andrew Stanton), and his bodacious brethren, but when they eventually arrive at the Marine Life Institute, Dory is separated from her pals. She languishes in quarantine with a grouchy septopus called Hank (Ed O'Neill). Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo enlist help from sea lions Fluke (Idris Elba) and Rudder (Dominic West), near-sighted whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and a beluga whale called Bailey (Ty Burrell).

Finding Dory is the emotional and comical equal of its predecessor, dazzling with stunningly realistic visuals, and Thomas Newman's buoyant orchestral score.

Four stars

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