‘Finding Dory’ review: ‘One of the best of the year’

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In the time since "Finding Nemo" came out in 2003, Ellen DeGeneres went through a couple of sitcoms, she came out, and became the biggest thing on daytime TV.

She's also about to become the star of what will be one of the biggest films of 2016.

All of the colorful fish are back in the Disney-Pixar "Nemo" sequel, "Finding Dory."   Ellen heads up an all-star voice cast. Some returning from the original film like Albert Brooks, and some new, like 11-year-old Hayden Rolence from Aurora, Illinois who plays “Nemo."

Other voices bringing life to this charming adventure are Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell from Modern Family, Idris Elba, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy and lots of other familiar names. The familiar names add so much more than most voice casts, in this story of the absent-minded "Dory" who gets separated from her parents and sets out to find them.

The search takes her across the ocean where all of the other characters are introduced with loads of humor on levels for little kids to grownups. With excitement, sweetness and a touching, sometimes tearful note, focusing on loyalty and family.

I'm not sure if it's Pixar's best sequel ever -- but it's definitely one of the best of the year, a great film on it's own and an especially fun and positive one that the world needs right now.

"Finding Dory" is A-Dory-ble!

It's a Deans List "A."