***SPOILER ALERT: major plot points ahead***
Though we’re still three months away before we see our fish friends once again in a new underwater adventure in Finding Dory, it seems that a handful of merchandise has been made available already at this early on to promote and market the new Disney-Pixar film.
One particular book, Learn to Draw Finding Dory published by Disney Storybook Artists, may inadvertently reveal more than it intended to. Available for pre-order and due to hit stores on May 31st, Amazon.com (in its usual fashion) provided a ‘Look Inside’ feature that shows how the movie’s major plot points progressed. Though Amazon does not allow viewing the entire book online, its table of contents, including the first 10 pages, are enough to give away major spoilers.
Again be warned before proceeding. The following may leave a bad taste in the mouth if you are not a spoilers fan. I intentionally omitted some of the more specific details and focused more on the story’s progression.
One year after Marlin and Dory’s journey across the ocean to find Nemo, the three fish are living happily together as neighbours on the coral reef. As Mr. Ray’s new teaching assistant, Dory accompanies Nemo’s class on a field trip to watch a stingray migration, where they learn how some animals have natural instinct to return home. Distracted by long-lost childhood memories, Dory is swept into the undertow. Nemo finds her, disoriented and lying in the sand, mumbling ‘Jewel of Morro Bay, California.’ On the way back home, Dory insists she’s remembered something important… Dory has a family! She even remembers her parents’ names: Charlie and Jenny… Nemo persuades his dad to help Dory find her family and the three leave the reef together.
Dory, Martin and Nemo meet both old and new friends along their journey… But after a run-in with a group of local hermit crabs and a giant squid, Dory is scooped up by staffers at the Marine Life Institute, an aquarium in Morro Bay, California separated from Marlin and Nemo…
Dory meets Hank, a seven-legged octopus. He reluctantly offers to help her in exchange for her tag. Hank needs Dory’s tag for him to be transferred to the Institute’s much quieter sister facility in Cleveland…
Hank sneaks Dory across the aquarium… along the way, they encounter plenty of distractions including cuddly sea otters… a near-sighted whale shark named Destiny and a self-conscious beluga whale named Bailey.
When Hank and Dory finally reached the Open Ocean Exhibit… [she] rushes to her childhood home only to find it empty. A neighbouring crab tells Dory that the blue tangs were taken into Quarantine. The only way to go there is through the Institute’s pipes. Marlin and Nemo on the other hand snuck into the Institute with help from a trio of sea lions named Fluke, Rudder, and Gerald.
Back in Quarantine, Dory, Marlin and Nemo seek out Hank who’s about to get on the truck to Cleveland… Hanks scoops out Dory but drops her when a staffer unexpectedly grabbed him… Dory fell and slips through a drain that leads to the ocean.
Dory suddenly finds herself alone… She looks around and spots a trail of shells that lead to her parents new home. They’ve been right outside the institute all this time, waiting for Dory! Dory’s journey isn’t over – Marlin and Nemo are still stuck inside the truck on their way to Cleveland with Hank. She has to get him back!
There are still a handful of bits of information all strewn over the Internet; particularly about certain details on the movie’s sea critters (Stitch Kingdom has a pretty good compilation of Finding Dory spoiler factoids). However, I will leave that for you to discover on another time in case you had your fill of spoilers already.
Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory will swim into theaters on June 17, 2016. Directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Lindsey Collins, the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.