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Today is Mother’s Day, the one day a year when kids should be spoiling and pampering their respective mothers. While this may start with brunch and flowers, some families may also want to go to the movies or perhaps watch a feel good classic at home. Unfortunately, most mother-themed movies are pretty serious and dark, or they feature Julia Roberts in a scary red wig. Disney seems to understand this struggle, and they’ve released a new trailer for the highly anticipated Finding Dory that is all about one thing: Dory’s mom. Check out the trailer below.
While the first trailer for Finding Dory seems to focus on Dory’s longing for both of her parents, this one is more mom-centric. They seemed to have edited together almost every instance that Dory utters the word “mom” into one video, and the video also wishes all of the mothers who are watching a Happy Mother’s Day.
This trailer seems to hint at a few possible plotlines for the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. The most obviously would, of course, be Dory’s adventure and quest to reunite with her long lost family. While Dory’s memory loss resulted in much of the hilarity in the original film, it surely has stopped her from remembering where she’s from and who she used to be.
However, I think we might be able to predict the true heart of the story.
While much of the trailer revolves around Dory’s search for her mother, there is a moment with she and Nemo that seems important. While talking about family, Nemo runs into Dory’s “arms” for a tight hug. This might be telling for Finding Dory’s final message. She didn’t need to go on an adventure to find her family, because Marlin and Nemo were her family all along.
This theory would also be very fitting for the movie’s title. While Finding Nemo literally had Marlin literally trying to find and rescue his son from a scuba diver’s clutches, its sequel seems to be a bit more existential. Through her adventure, Dory will presumably find herself and realize that she’s fine just the way she is.
Finding Dory has been a long time coming, as the original Disney/Pixar film was released way back in 2003. Despite being a critical and financial success (and being thoroughly quotable), it has taken an whopping 13 years for a sequel to finally be produced. This delay has caused the need for some recasting, as Alexander Gould (Weeds) who voiced Nemo is now 22 years old and has a deepened voice. Finding Nemo purists need not worry, as Gould will be voicing an unspecified role in the upcoming sequel.
Finding Dory will swim into movie theaters on June 17th, 2016. We’ll continue to update you on all things Dory as details become public.