‘Finding Dory’: Just the title of film brings anticipation

“Finding Dory.”

Those two words brought a big smile to my face when I read them this week. For those who missed it, “Finding Dory” is the sequel to the beloved animated classic from 2003, “Finding Nemo.” Disney and Pixar Animation have announced the sequel is a go and will be released in 2015.

Ellen DeGeneres will again be the voice of Dory, the forgetful but unforgettable fish from the Oscar-winning sea tale which landed a whopping $921 million in box office totals worldwide.

“Finding Nemo” is one of my favorite movies. Ever. It’s a long time to wait, but knowing Nemo and Dory will be back on the big screen is majorly exciting.

“Nemo” isn’t the only animated film on my top-movies list. “The Lion King,” all of the “Toy Story” franchise, “Brave,” “Beauty and The Beast” and “Shrek” are all up there.

My all-time favorite animated film is “Up,” which makes me well up just thinking about it. It’s a wonderful movie in every way: fabulous storytelling, outstanding voice work and beautiful animation.

Animated storytelling has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, Saturday mornings were for watching cartoons on television. That’s what I had to do if I wanted to see them, because we had, in my youngest years, just one channel and Saturday was the only day cartoons were available.

Bugs Bunny was my all-time favorite. As I’ve rewatched classic Bugs as an adult, I’ve truly come to appreciate the humor of the rascally rabbit but even as a kid, I knew he was something special.

The whole Bugs Bunny family, including Daffy Duck, Sylvester the cat and Yosemite Sam, provided me many hours of entertainment, of escape from the real world.

My mom loved animation, too, so when she made her rare pilgrimage to a movie theater, more often than not it was to take me to see the re-release of a classic like “Snow White” or “Cinderella.”

We have become accustomed to having these kind of creations readily available for us to enjoy, but the process of making truly great animation is painstaking. That was especially back in the days before computers were put into the mix: The hands that brought these characters to life belonged to craftsmen.

Of course, I love movies that feature real-life actors as well. And there are some animated films which are not very well done.

But having something to look forward to like the eventual arrival of “Finding Dory” on the big screen is wonderful.

Some people my age have no interest in watching animation. That opinion should be respected, I suppose. But those who scoff at “Up” or “Brave” or “Snow White” as “kids movies” are missing some truly well done works of art.

I’m growing old, but I will never grow up so much that I won’t anxiously await the next great Pixar or DreamWorks Animation release.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.