Lively 3D animation and vibrant primary colours propel the story briskly enough to avoid boring the small fry (a bucket of dead fish makes for a rather macabre scene however) and the humour is advanced enough to make mom and dad chuckle along—the greedy seagulls are here replaced by a grumpy old octopus, a brain-addled duck (cue indignant letters to Pixar), a mob of cuddly-wuddly otters, and two cockney sea lions. For those so inclined there are tons of animated cameos and tie-ins from "Finding Dory" to "Inside Out" and a scene involving Dory, a nearsighted whale shark, and timid beluga whale will remind older audiences of a similar scene from "Alien". Ellen DeGeneres reprises the title role with her usual comedic timing and the voices of Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, and Eugene Levy (among others) provide capable back-up. Of course you’ll have to stay for the closing credits as the Pixar team tosses out a host of funny snippets while Sia sings “Unforgettable”. Awwww!

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