The Dory Finding Nemo Page Celebrate Everything Dory!
Welcome to the Leaping Lamp's Dory Finding Nemo page. She's funny, yet forgetful. She's the adorable Blue Tang named Dory from Finding Nemo, Pixar's fifth feature film.
Andrew Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo, had tailor-made Dory's character with the talented Ellen DeGeneres in mind. Stanton was watching the TV show Ellen one day and DeGeneres was doing an act where she would change her mind mid-sentence before completing her thought. His idea of Dory was born and he approached Ellen with his idea. She couldn't refuse.
Dory's memory loss gave the film a bit of comedy in an otherwise rather depressing story. She has child-like innocence about her and gave Marlin someone to be responsible for during his quest to find Nemo. Dory also taught Marlin to have more patience and tolerance, not to mention trust, which helps him develop a new and stronger relationship with Nemo in the end.
Despite having the memory-loss setback, Dory of Finding Nemo is quite talented. She can speak whale, something that Marlin refused to believe until he saw for himself that she was actually communicating with the whale. Dory can also read human. She saved the entire quest when she was able to read the address on the SCUBA goggles.
Dory in Finding Nemo also has a keen sense of intuition. She warned Marlin about swimming over the trench on their way to the EAC (East Australian Current) and pleaded with him to swim through it, like the moonfish said. Marlin refused to listen and that's how they ended up in the school of jellyfish. Marlin learned his lesson about trusting Dory and later on inside the whale's mouth, he fell to the back of the whale's throat, which Dory said to do and to trust her with that decision.
As Marlin searches in vain for the boat after it disappears into the distance, he frantically asks around if anybody's seen a boat. He meets ditzy Dory in Finding Nemo, who enthusiastically tells him that yes, she saw a boat and it went this way!
Marlin follows Dory, but she then starts weaving and meandering around, not really moving in a purposeful direction. Dory looks back at him suspiciously and finally confronts him, demanding to know what his problem is. Marlin is fed-up with this weird fish, and doesn't have much patience with her. But he comes around and Dory quickly becomes a good friend.
Dory of Finding Nemo is persistent and doesn't let setbacks get in the way of achieving her goal. This is actually a powerful mental tool we can all use when faced with life's challenges. The scene below is so good, it's a favorite with a Pixar fan who wrote how the phrase "just keep swimming" helps when things get rough and keeps her smiling.
Marlin is quick to throw in the towel when the SCUBA mask with the address written on it falls into a deep, dark abyss. But Dory, unknowing in her innocence, doesn't see it as a big deal. She casually begins to sing about swimming and how she wants to swim! She takes Marlin's fin and takes him with her as they keep on swimming into the pitch black ocean deep.
Who would have thought that Dory was so smart? Her demeanor makes her seem so simple - sweet and innocent - but a bit naive. Dory of Finding Nemo not only knows how to read human language, but she can speak whale!
I can just picture Ellen DeGeneres at the mic, recording this bit! Marlin is antsy about the whole thing, he doesn't believe Dory is actually speaking to the whale and is worried at what she might actually be saying.
The whale swims off, and Dory tries different whale dialects as Marlin discourages her at every turn. Then in the murky shadows behind them, the whale emerges behind them as terrified krill swim away.