If you saw 'Finding Dory' this weekend, you're not alone


You couldn't help but to "just keep swimming" with the funny and forgetful blue tang fish who helped Marlin find his son Nemo.

When it came out, "Finding Nemo" was the highest-grossing animated film at the time and 2003 winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Thirteen years later, its sequel "blows animation record out of the water" said the Star Tribune. "Finding Dory" brought in $136.2 million at the box office opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time.


Pet Dory

If you save your "Finding Dory" ticket stub, you can get a free beta fish or discount on a saltwater fish at a fish store in Eagan. The store, Wet World, is also stocked with Blue Regal Tangs – the fish Dory is depicted as, says a news release.

Scientists are concerned that many families will go out and get their own blue tang fish after seeing the film, a phenomena that occurred with pet turtles after the release of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," with Chihuahuas after "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and clownfish after "Finding Nemo," reports MPR. The problem is that the new pet is over-hyped and usually not not cared for properly, dies, is abandoned or given to rescue groups. Click here to read more.

MN's state bird gets animated

One of the supporting characters in the movie is an ocean loon named Becky. She actually looks more like a Common Loon – Minnesota's state bird – compared to a Pacific Loon, which would be found in the movie's coastal setting, claims writer Aaron Brown. His article explains the origin of the word and differences between the birds.

Depicting disabilities

Dory's memory loss and how other characters react to her disability in the film could make a splash in the dialogue surrounding special needs, writes KARE11.

"Pixar's willingness to give disability such high-profile exposure is pivotal in the conversation about mental disorders," said Mitch Prinstein, a clinical psychologist, in the article.

Telling Dory's story in a way that wasn't exclusive to children with disabilities was challenging for directors, says the article. You can read more here.

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