The Story of Finding Dory

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May 30, 2016

by ROB BADMAN, Sub Editor

Brought to you by Disney-Pixar

The hilarious and heartwarming Finding Dory brings the Great Barrier Reef to life with vivid, technically brilliant animation.

When Finding Nemo came out in 2003, the Academy Award-winning film quickly won Australian hearts as viewers cheered on a clownfish named Marlin and his forgetful friend, Dory, in their search for Marlin’s missing son.

Now, Finding Dory (in cinemas June 16) follows the story of the blue tang with a bad memory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, as Marlin and Nemo join her on a journey across the globe to find her parents.

Set a year after the first film, the action once again begins on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, in a maze of colourful corals teeming with fluorescent fish.

SEE ALSO: Bringing the Great Barrier Reef to Life

“The coral reef is a slightly fancier, more dynamic version of what we saw in the first movie,” says director Andrew Stanton. “Our lighting is more complex. The flora and fauna have more detail.”

It’s here that Dory witnesses a huge stingray migration, triggering a memory of a life and parents oceans away. “It kicks off a quest – internally and externally – to try to find her family,” says co-director Angus MacLane. “But Dory feels she can’t do it on her own so she talks her new-found family – Marlin and Nemo – into coming along.”

No doubt Australian audiences will be keen to join her on a second adventure, too.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to: 

  • 600 types of coral
  • 133 varieties of rays and sharks
  • 1625 types of fish
  • 30 species of whales and dolphins

Source: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is an unbelievably rich ecosystem – a natural wonder so vast it can be seen from space. While the team at Disney-Pixar has captured the beauty of this environment forever, it’s important to make sure generations to come can see the real thing. 

Qantas and The Walt Disney Company Australia are proud to support the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which funds research to protect and preserve the reef, particularly in the face of climate change. You can do your bit at qantas.com/findingdory, where you can make a contribution to carbon-offset projects that help mitigate climate change. 

See the trailer and support the Great Barrier Reef at: qantas.com/findingdory