Finding Dory swam back into our hearts on June 17 of this year but as of today, November 15 you can own a copy of this beautiful story for yourself. The Digital HD and the Disney Movies Anywhere copies were released on October 25 but TODAY the Blue-Ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand are being let out of the tank.
The first thing I love to do when we first open the Blu-ray copy of any Disney/Pixar film is to load the Disney Movies Anywhere code into our account. I do it first thing because if I don’t, I will forget and then I will be sad when I want to watch the movie well, anywhere.
The second thing I do is pop in the bonus features disk. I almost like the bonus features disk more than the film itself. I said, almost! You see, I am a sucker for behind the scenes, bonus features, cast and creator interviews. It just rounds out the whole movie watching expereince for me.
The first bonus feature we watched was “Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer“. 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. This few minutes of the bonus feature disk was well worth the price of the set alone, in my opinion. Why? Why this few minutes. Because it spoke to my youngest daughter who wants to be an artist. It spoke to the little girl who wants to dray for Disney or Pixar one day that it is alright, and almost expected to make mistakes in the art world. You see, my daughter struggles with wanting her artwork to be ‘perfect’ and perfect ‘the first time’. So to see the character art director of Finding Dory talk about making mistakes and having to erase spoke volumes to her. If I could personally thank him for including this piece in the extras, I would.
So Much More!
Another feature that I loved was the ‘Rough Day On The Reef‘ piece. 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.” It made me laugh and cry for those who had to redo the renderings or to adjust the footage.
For the musical person you have the ‘Dory’s Theme‘ piece. 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. I love to hear their thoughts and ideas on how to craft the music to help tell the Finding Dory story.
If you like to laugh you will want to check out ‘Casual Carpoool‘. 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.
I love to watch what could have been and wonder how a particular scene could have effected the outcome of a film.
- 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.
Don’t Forget About Piper
Also included in the bonus features is the 6 minute short ‘Piper’. There are only 2 Pixar Short films that have made me cry alligator tears and Piper is the other one. Piper tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. I dare you not to shed a tear.
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