Off the coast of California, a forgetful Pacific blue tang (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) begins to retrieve family memories and wants to know more. Two clownfish (voiced by Hayden Rolence and Albert Brooks) accompany her on a journey to find her parents (voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) and learn about her past. Also with the voices of Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Idris Elba, Dominic West and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane. [1:43]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - During school lessons, a fish teaching assistant thinks she is supposed to teach about reproduction and says to young sea creatures, "When two fish love each other..." and the teacher interrupts and goes on to another subject. An oyster cries about a female scallop that broke his heart.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A fish is swept into undertow and a child fish finds it lying on one side, mumbling; a child fish asks, "Are you dead?" and the fish revives. As small fish talk, a huge eye opens in the black background and we see the hook-like beak of an octopus or squid as it clicks and clacks; the creature falls into a lobster cage, grabs a tiny fish with a tentacle and its mouth turns neon blue as it sucks at the fish until the crate falls and the fish tumbles away safely.
► A fish becomes caught in a discarded plastic ring from a six-pack; a man removes it and places the fish in a large cooler, then places the fish in an aquarium tank in the nearby marine rescue facility where it receives a tracking tag around one fin. A baby fish is separated from her parents and suffering from a short-term memory disability, she forgets where she lives and panics, darting around and sputtering. A baby fish swims alone through dark waters, asking larger fish for help and receiving little; she looks sad.
► Young boys and girls squeeze and poke several types of fish, scaring an octopus, who hides under a rock and shivers in fear until a fish pulls him by one leg through the water and when a child pokes him, he squirts ink that fills an entire shallow tidal pool; he and the fish pulling him escape as children run away, screaming. Two fish collide in the sea, but neither is hurt; one of the fish hits its head on a rock, but is OK and another fish bumps her head on some coral and is unharmed. A fish has two flashbacks of her parents: In one scene her mother cries about the baby's learning disability and in the other scene, the parents swim one way and the baby swims another way (the baby feels lost). A deranged, cross-eyed, red-eyed sea bird pecks the head of a fish a dozen times (we see no injury) and the fish grimaces. Whenever a seal sits on a rock, two other seals chase him away and bark, "Off, off, off, off!" A woman grabs an octopus and he drops a bottle of water that loudly shatters and spills on the floor.
► An octopus argues loudly several times with a fish in a holding tank. Parent fish caution a baby to avoid the undertow and a drop off. A seal on a rock says that he has an injured tail (no injury is visible), and another seal says that he has anemia. An octopus says that he had an accident in which he lost a tentacle. A whale says that he hit his head somehow in the ocean. A beluga whale says that he has a headache, preventing him from using echolocation.
► An octopus jumps into a fish tank where he and a female fish steal a baby stroller after the octopus puts the fish into a coffee-pot of water; the octopus turns the wheels of the stroller with his tentacles and runs down a toddler girl, who cries (no injury is seen) and the animals in the stroller slide down a hill and into an exhibit, falling into a tidal pool display. Two fish jump from an outside pool, across water jets rushing up from a plaza and land on a sidewalk where a water jet under them sends them into a tidal pool. A woman wearing wader boots steps in slime on a basement floor as a live fish falls into her bucket of dead food fish; the woman tosses the live fish into a tank with a large whale-shark (the live fish is not eaten). A shape shifting pink octopus becomes a cat and a plant and it walks around a laboratory, changing colors, sits in a sink and accidentally turns on a garbage disposal, but turns it off and is not hurt. A bird hangs a pail containing two small fish on a tree limb; the pail slides down the branch to the end and the branch whips up, throwing the pail and the fish fall out of the pail into a fish tank. An octopus climbs scaffolding with a jar of water containing a fish in one tentacle and pours the fish into a large fish tank where the fish swims into a dark pipe and becomes lost, muttering and looking frightened; she screams as she unexpectedly meets two smaller fish and they scream for a few seconds as well. An octopus splats onto the window of a door, but is not injured. A small fish hangs onto a sea turtle's shell in a fast ride, screams and says he is going to be sick (he does not vomit, but his face looks sickly). A fish rolling on top of sea water in a dirty plastic shopping bag bursts out and says he's going to vomit, but he does not. A greenish fish sneezes green slime onto his small aquarium tank wall a couple of times. A fish swallows a smaller fish, coughs it up, and vomits green slime into the air and off-screen. Seagulls fly over a truck and defecate onto the windshield. A whale shark bumps its head into fish tank walls several times, shouting, "Ouch!"
► A whale using echolocation sees only blurry images from a pipe and calls out, "It's consuming her!" as three fish in the pipe swim out to a small tank, jump from tank to tank along a row, and fall into a mop bucket and an octopus scoops them out in a water jar then pours them into a tank of blue fish where the largest of the fish from the jar hears that her parents are gone and dead and her face looks sad and stunned (the fish ends up in a large, dark aquarium display tank and cries).
► A truck leaves a rescue institute with a load of aquarium fish while a whale, a whale shark, three fish, and three seals follow as they swim in a river beside the highway where many otters scurry onto a small bridge and block the road, stopping the truck. After end credits, six fish in air-filled, slimy green plastic shopping bags roll in a line over the waters of a bay and break out of their bags until a man's hand scoops them up, places them into a large cooler, closes the lid, and takes his boat to a nearby marine rescue facility. Police in six patrol cars with sirens and flashing lights form a roadblock and draw handguns, but do not fire them.
► An octopus falls onto a windshield with a loud splat, frightening the man and woman in the cab, who screech, shout, and run outside. A whale shark flips a fish onto a bridge and an octopus catches it in a jar of water. An octopus and a fish steal a truck and knock over the man, who falls off-screen (no injury); the truck goes down the wrong side of a highway and cars screech out of the way and bump guard rails. A bird carries a pail with two fish to the bay and dumps them out, then returns with an octopus and another fish, dumping them out.
► A truck sails off a hill at a riverside in slow motion, the back doors open, and hundreds of fish slosh out into the river and a bay before the empty truck falls slowly through the water and toward the camera.
PROFANITY 1 - 1 mild anatomical term, name-calling (crazy, stupid, insane, nuts, old, little shrimp, Dory ("Don't be such a Dory" [forgetful]), exclamations (holy Neptune, holy carp, darn it, heck, my goodness, oh my goodness, oh boy, oh man, shut it. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - An octopus drinks a pot of cold coffee from the pot.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Children with learning disabilities, a seal and a sea bird are depicted as mentally challenged and freaky, amnesia, memories, feelings of abandonment, becoming lost, genealogical research, leaving home, danger, family composition, reconnecting with family and old friends, love, friendship, understanding, acceptance, marine life rescue, handling rescue animals.
MESSAGE - Families can include other people besides blood relatives.