Finding Dory Exclusive Review + FREE Printables #FindingDory

A couple of nights ago, I had the opportunity to take my older princess to go see a screening for Finding Dory. Since they had a limited number of seats, we initially could only have one extra ticket. So you know it was hard to pick which one of my kids would go. Since my son had a movie day out with his uncle a week ago, and my younger daughter’s birthday is next week (not to mention the fact that she didn’t like when Nemo got lost so I wasn’t sure how she was going to handle Dory lol), I decided to take my middle one.

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Ever since I got back from Disney and I got to watch the first 33 minutes while there, I have been counting down to the release of Finding Dory. Seriously, I bought our tickets to watch it opening day a couple of weeks ago. But there’s just something magical about getting to see the full movie before it’s officially out in theaters.

Finding Dory ticket confirmation

And the fact that I got to spend quality time with just my one daughter was such a treat because we don’t get to do it too often. And the icing on the cake was that they ended up allowing me two extra tickets. Since I wanted to stick with focusing on Olivia, I decided to secretly invite her friend Olivia (yes…oh and they have the same middle name, both last names start with an “S”, and they were born the same year only days apart LOL) and her mom. Needless to say, they were both ecstatic!

My Olivia (left) with her friend Olivia right before entering the theater.

My Olivia (left) with her friend Olivia (right) before entering the theater.

Finding Nemo is one of my absolute favorite Disney movies, so I knew that Finding Dory would be just as excellent. It was such a tease (a really good one at that) to see the first part of the movie last month. But to watch it all come together in 3D a couple of nights ago was really spectacular. The only way I could really sum up this review is: GO SEE IT! Trust me, you will not be sorry!

I am always looking for what real-life lessons are taught in animated films, and this one was no different. Ever since my kids were little, we’ve instilled in our kids the importance of not using the words “I can’t”. But instead, to rephrase it to “I’m having trouble can you help me?” We try to show them by example every day and anytime they are struggling with something that “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. So I really loved the big message that played throughout the film: there is always a way. This is a life lesson for children and adults alike.

Check out this “Finding Dory secrets” revealed from, who got to attend the LA movie premiere and meet Ellen and the rest of the cast! How awesome is THAT?!

Want to get into the #FindingDory spirit before Friday? Check out these cool printables courtesy of Disney Studios. Just click on the link to download.

Finding Dory coloring sheet

Finding Dory connect the dots

Finding Dory educational packet

Finding Dory family tree activity

Finding Dory search the scene activity

I was on snapchat sharing snippets of what was happening on our way to the movies and after. Obviously, we couldn’t take pics inside the theaters, and actually had to turn all of our phones, tablets, etc into security before entering.

Check out some of my snaps and who my daughter thinks should go out and watch Finding Dory.


ABOUT THE MOVIE Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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Did you enjoy Finding Nemo? Will you be taking your family to go see Finding Dory?

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  • Eva
    June 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Looks like you guys had a ball! That really is a fantastic message. I feel like parents will enjoy this as well as the kids.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      June 15, 2016 at 9:18 PM

      Yes, absolutely! It’s definitely a film for the entire family. I can’t wait to see it again myself.

  • Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)
    June 15, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    LOL…Sleep swimming! How adorable. I figured kids would fall in love with ‘Finding Dory’ just like they did with “Finding Nemo’ I might have to check it out myself.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      June 15, 2016 at 9:23 PM

      You are absolutely right about that! It didn’t feel like there were all these years between the two movies. It was fabulous!

  • Laila @FrontRowMama
    June 15, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    I can’t wait to see this movie. Disney movies are always hilarious and have cute messages about life hidden in neat ways.
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  • Stacie
    June 15, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Aw, I can’t wait to see this with my gbaby. She’ll love these coloring sheets. I’ll have to print them out for her.
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  • Greg
    June 15, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    I LOVE Finding Nemo. I’ve probably watched it 50 times (it’s just such a good movie), so I can’t wait to see Finding Dory!

    Also, I like the idea of you spending quality time with just the one daughter. My wife and I try to do this as much as we can with our kids to show them that they’re equally important to us individually.

  • Allison Jones
    June 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    I can’t wait to see Finding Dory! I’m going to take my nephew so I don’t get looked at crazy for being an adult in a kid’s movie LOL.

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    • Christine St.Vil
      June 16, 2016 at 12:25 AM

      hahaha Allison, you’d be surprised as to how many adults were there without kids. But I know your nephew will love it all the same 😉

  • Marsha
    June 16, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    I got excited just reading that! I loved Finding Nemo so I am looking forward to this movie too. I hope my boys want to see it or else I’ll be going solo lol! Your daughter is a cutie and that is so crazy about her friend’s name!
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  • Joanna
    June 16, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    I can’t wait to see this movie! I loved finding Nemo. lol My niece’s birthday is tomorrow, so I want to take her and her siblings to see it this weekend.
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  • DudeMom
    June 16, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    I am SO excited to see this tomorrow! I hope all of my Dudes want to go with.
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  • Donna Shana
    June 16, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    My niece is so excited to see this movie. She is 18 and she is like I hope there are no little kids crying in there! A mess!
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  • Pamela
    June 16, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    How adorable. I can’t wait to see this movie. I’m a big kid at heart, so this is right up my alley :-).

  • Kim
    June 21, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    I also want to take my daughter to see this. I honestly want to see it myself lol. Is that bad? Thanks for the printables.
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