So I’ve just seen the movie, Finding Dory last Sunday and I would gladly share my insights and reviews towards its content. Note: This contains some spoilers.
Finding Dory has been a dazzling and technically impressive sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. Basically, the movie focuses on the amnesiac blue tang fish who suddenly longs to find her parents due to Mr. Ray’s, (a sting ray) lecture that triggered her memory. Along her way, she met Hanks, a seven-legged and ill-tempered octopus who deciphers her tag that symbolizes her being sent to a permanent aquarium in Cleveland, instead of being released. Due to a traumatic past, Hanks agrees to help Dory in search of her parents in exchange of her tag. She also met her so-called “Pipe pals” which also took part in the journey. Her childhood friend Destiny, a near sighted whale shark and Bailey, a beluga whale who helped Dory with the use of his “Echolocate” that he believes he is unable to do.
To make the long story short, Dory were able to find her parents. The group: Dory’s parents (Jenny and Charlie) with Destiny and Bailey finally rescued Marlin and Nemo from being trapped in one of the tanks. They all reached the ocean by hijacking the truck driven by Hanks and Dory crashing it into the water, freeing the other fish in the process. In the end, Dory begins her new life with her parents and her friends, Marlin and Nemo, Destiny and Bailey and her new friend whom she persuaded to live in the ocean– Hanks.
If you will notice, aside from showing what the real meaning of a family is, the act of optimism and being persistent and the likes, Finding Dory also featured mental and health disorders that usually some people do have and at the same time opened our eyes on how the people suffering from these disorders felt like. I sited here only the disorders of the main characters based from my observations.
- Dory (SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS)
From the very beginning, we often see Dory as the forgetful blue tang who doesn’t remember anything so she always have the tendency to repeat everything she said though she just said it. It is said that a person suffering with short term memory loss remembers incidents from 20 years ago but is fuzzy on the details of things that happened 20 minutes prior.
They can also recall memories through words or terms so if you will notice on the movie, Dory remembered her past little by little through the help of some words that she hears. It obviously triggered her memories years from now.
- Hanks the “Septopus” (AMPUTATION OF LEG and POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER)
Hanks lost one of his legs probably in Kid Zone, a section featured in the particular park because when Dory mistakenly thought her parents were in that section he strongly declined her idea saying that kids were dangerous and added, “I’m not losing another tentacle for you.” I think this is the main reason why he no longer wanted to be around kids and wanted to be placed in a permanent aquarium, also made him become an ill-tempered creature.
- Marlin, Nemo’s dad (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER)
We have seen Marlin first of course, in the movie Finding Nemo wherein he searched for his son panicky. The main reason is that before, her wife has been murdered same as what happened to majority of his kids. So it is not questionable how Marlin behaves towards Nemo and how he gets easily terrified when things get worse. Thanks to his son’s optimism. Things did not seem to be so hard even if it was actually.
- The two sea lions whom Marlin and Nemo met (NASAL PARASITE and ANEMIA)
These two sea lions were the ones who explained that Dory is in a good situation because what abducted her was from the Marine Life Institute. They also mentioned that they were being treated to recovery. One of these sea lions were having nasal parasites that sound alarming if you will think that it can possibly happen to you.
The other one got anemia (a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in pallor and weariness). I also noticed a sea lion with them named Gerald who acted weird. I don’t know what have gotten to him. I believe he also suffered from a certain disorder but I don’t know what it was actually. (Ah forgot the helping bird Becky. She’s also weird. The eyes and the behavior, I don’t know what disorder is that, if there is.)
- Destiny, the whale shark (NEARSIGHTEDNESS or MYOPIA)
Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common cause of blurred vision. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. If you are nearsighted, objects in the distance appear blurry and out of focus. You might squint or frown when trying to see distant objects clearly. Yes, Dory’s childhood pipe pal Destiny suffered from Myopia. It was obviously shown when she first encountered Dory in her tank where she also reminded Dory about their childhood.
- Bailey, the beluga whale (HEAD INJURY)
This beluga whale was brought in the Institute with a head injury. He thinks he cannot use his echolocation in order to find objects far away from him.
This seems just normal because lots of people experienced that when they hit the wall, accidentally bump in a tree or what but still it must be taken seriously. (Actually Bailey made me laugh for like couple of times. Bailey saying, “wooooooooohhh! wooooohhh!” when using his echolocation really hit me. )
I’m pretty sure there were still some characters with disorders involved in the movie so if you guys wanted to add and share your insights and observations let me know, okay?
According to an article from The Mighty, “Those who have mental illnesses are just as capable of living a full life, just like anyone else”. I strongly agree to that. Why? Because we are the one who drive our life to wherever we wanted it to be. If we hope and wanted things to happen, no matter how hard the situation is, you will still pursue your objective. Do not let the people belittle and degrade your well-being just because you cannot do a certain thing. Illness is just an illness. You can still do things to prove that you are worthy. If ever there were times that you think of giving up because you feel like being down and tempted to just stop, think about Dory. Dory suffered from short term memory loss as what I have mentioned, she is fuzzy on the details of things that happened 20 minutes prior to the event but did she ever stop? Did she stop her goal, finding her parents? No, because Dory has a positive outlook in life. She strongly believes that there is always another way like what her Dad taught her. Just do the same. It is very impossible for things to not have that other way to achieve your goals. Just look on the brighter side, never stop and like what Dory said,
“Just keep swimming.”