As promised, here’s an uncalled for review of Finding Dory vis-à-vis “what ifs”, had the movie been created within the Philippine waters. This post is spoiler-filled so I suggest you to turn back now while you still have a chance.
No turning back? Okay, here are millennial thoughts about Disney-Pixar’s much-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo (2003), which was released last June 14. The hype is real, though. I got teary-eyed halfway through the movie… but a “grownup” has to hold back her tears in a cinema filled with children munching on popcorn.
1. Instead of heading to the Marine Life Institute, Dory would’ve gone to the Manila Ocean Park…
Thanks to the help of sea turtles and ocean currents! They’re like our jetsetter friends who are kind enough to tag us along in their trips.
2. From El Nido, maybe?
3. Dory wouldn’t hear Sigourney Weaver’s voice. Everyone, meet the Philippines’ Kuya Kim.
Here’s why: I over-analyzed the presence of Sigourney in the film and ended up researching the origin of her name (I thought it was an anagram). It turns out that she was well-known when it comes to environment-related documentaries, thus being included in the cast. Though she may sound like a voice from heaven, she serves as the intercom announcer for the institute. Based on the criteria for picking Sigourney, Kuya Kim sounds perfect for this role.
4. The scariest exhibit would not be the poking area for kids. The fish spa sounds worse!
5. Hank could’ve died while saving Dory because of the scorching heat.
We’re looking at flawless animation, by the way. No wonder it took their team to work on Hank for over a year. It was really worth the wait.
6. And when Hank pretended to be a baby? Again, he would have died.
7. Remember the Open Ocean where Dory’s family originally lived? That would have been at the Oceanarium in Manila.
It’s Manila Ocean Park’s exhibit which contains the blue tang fish family and other jaw-dropping wonders of the ocean.
8. Destiny wouldn’t have been part of the team because we don’t allow whale sharks to be put in captivity.
9. We’ll have to stand in for the sea lions because we fit in their role.
10. How’s “Paghahanap kay Doray” for a title?
Doray to make it sound more Pinoy? No. Just no.
I guess there are so many reasons why California was chosen. I’m just exploring possibilities here and I’m sure you’ll have a lot more to add. Care to share your versions?
Ces the millennial says: Finding Dory is a must-see movie, especially for the millennials who saw the first one during their teen years. It’s a movie for kids but this can give your emotions a roller coaster ride. You’ll go “aww” at baby Dory, feel sorry when she gets ignored by everybody, be nostalgic when scenes from Finding Nemo show up, laugh at jokes, and get tears in your eyes when the family reunion takes place. It felt like an open-ended moment in my life found its closure when Dory finally met her parents.
Remember P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney? You’ll remember the whole plot of Finding Dory like that address.
For those who are wondering, Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
Most importantly: Watch Finding Dory but please do not try to take a “Dory” home. Set her free. She deserves to be with her parents.