Last month I was given the chance to watch the first 40 minutes of Finding Dory at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World and then was able to see the last half thanks to Disney and AMC last week. The coolest part of that experience wasn’t watching the first portion of the movie before other people, it was listening to the producer Lindsay Collins tell us the background of Dory’s story and how the movie came to be. And how the director Andrew Stanton didn’t want to create a sequel to Finding Nemo until he felt that Dory’s story was ready to be told.
Dory’s story is finally ready to be told.
It’s been 13 years since the world fell in love with Dory and her just keep swimming mentality in Disney’s Finding Nemo. And in Finding Dory, we’re brought back to that same place where Dory is trying to get through each individual day with her friends Marlin and Nemo, short-term memory loss and all.
A discussion during school triggers Dory’s long-term memory and for the first time in who knows how long, Dory remembers her family and life before she met Marlin on his cross-ocean search for Nemo.
Finding Dory is more than just a search for home.
Finding Dory is a search for acceptance.
In Finding Dory, we meet a handful of new characters and, like Nemo and his clipped fin, each of those characters has a major flaw. Destiny the nearsighted whale shake. Bailey the beluga whale that has a hard time with echolocation. Hank the octopus who is really a septopus.
And of course, Dory who can’t even remember where she came from.
Dory sees everyone for who they truly are, except for herself.
In an emotional and touching cross-ocean adventure, Dory doesn’t just find her family in Finding Dory. She finds a way to accept herself and to accept that maybe her biggest flaw, her memory loss, isn’t a flaw at all.
What a world this would be if we could all learn this simple lesson from Dory. Acceptance of others and acceptance of ourselves.
What a world this would be if when a mom blinked and her child got hurt we didn’t automatically blame the mom, instead we sympathized with her. We felt for her because her child was hurt rather than adding to the hurt with our words and judgements.
What a world this would be if when someone who wasn’t as pretty or as thin or as well dressed or the same color as us sat down, we didn’t even see those things. We only saw the possibility of a new friend.
What a world this would be if we as women could forget our flaws and see them as one of the million unique pieces that make us who we are. If the world could let us forget our flaws rather than focusing on them in the news and social media. Every. Single. Day.
And what a world this would be if we could stop hating others and accept them instead.
That’s Dory’s world. And that’s the world I want my family to live in.
I was given complimentary movie tickets and the chance to preview Finding Dory thanks to Disney and AMC Theaters. All opinions and thoughts are 100% honest and my own.