My family watched “Finding Dory” last weekend. What a thoughtful underwater and sometimes out of water ride with Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and other new seawater creatures! Disney nailed this whimsical and silly world from the last movie, “Finding Nemo”, and provided us with another meaningful story.

This time around the story is about Dory, a blue fish with short-term memory loss. While on a field trip with Nemo’s class, Dory remembers her parents and her home. She then sets off on a journey to “The Jewel of Morro Bay” with Nemo and Marlin.

I loved the interesting interactions between the characters while Dory is on her quest to find her parents. Many of the characters have a disability, mental or physical, but they prove capable when it comes to reaching goals despite some underestimation from other characters. Marlin, for example, underestimates Dory’s ability to remember or find her parents but she continues to be capable throughout the movie even when she doubts herself.

When you think one of our lovable sea friends cannot overcome an obstacle (physical or not) they do with a little help from their friends. Hank, a septopus, helps Dory through the out of water adventures while she searches for her parents. Also, Bailey, a beluga whale who had a head injury and learns to use his echolocation, and Destiny, a near-sighted whale shark who runs into walls, are a couple of helpful allies along the way. The characters help each other overcome obstacles through some very interesting and unexpected ways, it may not be through conventional means but it still works.

The portrayal of Dory’s parents was touching. Their patience and understanding towards their child  while still being concerned about Dory’s future is easy to relate to and understand while caring for an autistic child. I easily relate to Nemo’s overprotective father, Marlin, but the story gently reminds us to support and give space for others to learn their own capabilities. Even Nemo encourages his father when they are stuck in a toy fish tank, after not trusting Becky’s capability to take them to Dory’s location, to trust his own capability.

This was a very positive and enjoyable movie about disability and capability. Personally, I  would have liked to see more about the obstacles families face. Disney’s movies tend to avoid being bogged down with heavier topics, though. I enjoyed Disney’s recent movie, “Zootopia”, more than “Finding Dory” but I still would thoroughly recommend this animated flick to families and Pixar lovers. It is definitely just as good if not better than “Finding Nemo”. Go see it if you haven’t already!

TIP: Stay around for the end credits. I sadly missed it, but apparently there is a little hint at a potential third movie.