Best Animated Feature Film 2016: Finding Dory

findingdory_picA still from Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory (via Disney)

This Year
Finding Dory has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Story: “The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way” (via IMDb)
Directed by: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Written by: Andrew Stanton (screenplay); Stanton, Victoria Strouse, and Bob Peterson (story)

Festivals: N/A

U.S. Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
U.S. Release Date: June 17, 2016
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? The sequel to one of Disney/Pixar’s most beloved releases, Finding Dory centers on, well, Dory – easily the most likable character in Finding Nemo (2003), largely thanks to Ellen DeGeneres’ stellar voice work. The comedian-turned-talk-show-host reprises her role…

Why not? Zootopia already came onto the scene in a big way, and I expect Moana to be huge, too. All this to say, Dory needs to really impress for Disney to make it a priority this awards season. On that note, it feels a little late for a Nemo follow-up, and I’m not sure the concept can sustain a whole film. If the teaser is any indication of the overall product…


Ranking: No. 5 as of Mar. 27, 2016

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