I was invited on an all-expenses paid trip with Disney for the opportunity of meeting/interviewing the cast and attending screening events. All opinions are my own.
Finding Dory is coming out on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand on November 15th!!! This is one of those AMAZING Disney Pixar sequels that was SO good – and my entire family liked it even more than the first film! It was hilarious, it teaches a great message to our kids, and the bonus features on the Blu-Ray are incredible! I might have had a heart stopping teary moment when Dory found her parents – it was so over the top perfect. OVER 2 hours of bonus material – the film only runs for 97 minutes so that’s more than double the viewing time!
My son who is 9 years old is really into animation and voice overs so he was totally hooked on the bonus feature “The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar“. The Blu-ray for the bonus features is worth buying if you or your child is interested in animation let alone for such an awesome movie – I definitely recommend it as family friendly! Plus you’ll not only see incredible detail into the animation side of Finding Dory but you’ll also see deleted scenes and the new short film Piper!
Meet Hank. He’s the octopus that nearly broke Pixar and it’s fascinating! He’s the most difficult character Pixar has ever made and I can certainly see why after watching the bonus feature! It’s a bonus feature that’s definitely worth watching – I can’t imagine spending over 2 years working on ONE character! That octopus is amazing and I cannot even begin to describe how much work into that! I love that the bonus feature not only gave you a glimpse into the world of animation but you also felt the crew’s personality as they worked on their project. My son was given a realistic view into the frustration, excitement, dedication, and art that turned into Hank.
And seriously – how CUTE is baby Dory?!
I love that Finding Dory introduces an entire new set of sea creatures into the film for kids to learn about. They’ll learn about beluga whales and their echolocation, sea lions, and other educational facts they’ve weaved into the film.
Finding Dory Bonus Features:
- Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
- Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.
- The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.
- What Were We Talking About? – This piece showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss.
- Casual Carpool – What’s it like to commute with the voices of Marlin, Charlie, Bailey and Hank? Join “Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work.
- Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
- Creature Features – The cast of “Finding Dory” share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film.
- Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
- Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer – “Finding Dory” character art director Jason Deamer talks about how he got to Pixar, how he draws the characters in the film, and how falling off a skateboard teaches you lessons you can use in art and life.
- Dory’s Theme – A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme.
- Rough Day on the Reef – Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you’ll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making “Finding Dory.”
- Commentary – Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins deliver their personal perspective on “Finding Dory.”
- Deleted Scenes (introduced by director Andrew Stanton)
- Losing Nemo – While watching the stingray migration, Dory starts to follow two fish that remind her of her parents, leaving Nemo all alone.
- Little Tension in Clown Town – In this alternate version of the film, Dory tries to “follow her fins” to her parents, but ends up in a strange place with even stranger fish fashion.
- Dory Dumped – In this early version of the story, Dory’s parents had short-term memory loss as well.
- Sleep Swimming – Dory begins to talk and swim in her sleep, revealing what seem to be clues to her past.
- Meeting Hank – Wandering the Marine Life Institute’s elaborate pipe system, Dory happens upon the abode of Hank the cranky octopus.
- The Pig – Frantically navigating the pipes of the Marine Life Institute in search of her parents, Dory crosses paths with a terrifying cleaning device.
- Starting Over – Director Andrew Stanton presents four different versions of the movie’s opening scene to illustrate the filmmakers’ search for the best way to introduce Dory’s backstory and to connect this new film to “Finding Nemo.”
- Tank Gang (Digital exclusive) – After a close encounter with a squid leaves them separated from Dory, Marlin and Nemo unexpectedly meet up with the Tank Gang from “Finding Nemo,” who make it their mission to get to the Marine Life Institute … by any means necessary.
- Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory (Digital exclusive) – Take a deep dive to catch secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie. And just like Hank, they’re hidden in plain sight.
As you can see there is a TON of bonus features! And if you haven’t seen Finding Dory you absolutely must plan a family date night!! Below is the trailer you can watch in the meantime.