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Meh.

Oh hey look, a new trailer for Finding Dory. I’m a big fan of the original Finding Nemo, but for whatever reason the ad campaign for this film hasn’t grabbed me. This trailer unfortunately is no different (save for a couple hilarious gags in the trailer). Check it out:

I don’t know what it is, but Finding Dory just looks so…safe? Almost like a by-the-numbers effort from Pixar, who gave us the outstanding Inside Out last year. Pixar has prided itself on new and original ideas, but that creativity seems to be waning. I mean, 80% of Pixar’s upcoming slate are sequels to their classic films (Finding Dory, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and The Incredibles 2), and that sorta bums me out.

Finding Dory just feels derivative of the first film. Nothing feels fresh, and the trailer makes it look as if it’s following and extremely similar story. I wouldn’t say this film looks generic, but it looks like a typical Pixar film, without any of the risks, which honestly looks boring to me. I hope I’m wrong as I love almost everything Pixar puts out, but I have a bad feeling about this.

I feel the box office bomb that was The Good Dinosaur maybe have spooked them a bit, and that’s why there is a sudden interest in an abundance of sequels. I’m afraid that Pixar might be losing it’s spark, especially when Walt Disney Animation Studios has been firing on all cylinders lately with Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough, when Finding Dory hits theaters June 17th.

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