Finding Dory Movie Night Ideas

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Finding Dory is already on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) and it’s out on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand Tuesday November 15th! We loved seeing this (we loved Finding Nemo so very much too) so we are excited for our Finding Dory movie night. I love planning little movie nights and hope the boys never grow out of them!

Finding Dory Movie Night Ideas

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First of all are here are just some of the awesome features you’ll get when you pick up your Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & Digital HD:

  • Theatrical Short: “Piper” – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. (OMG this was SO SO cute)
  • Marine Life Interviews (All-New Mini Short) – Meet the inhabitants of the Marine Life Institute as they remember our favorite blue tang.
  • The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Pixar’s “Team Hank” unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio’s crankiest and most technically complicated character ever.
  • What Were We Talking About? – This piece showcases the complex routes Dory’s story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss.
  • Casual Carpool – What’s it like to commute with the voices of Marlin, Charlie, Bailey and Hank? Join “Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill to work.
  • Animation & Acting – How do you create a connection between a human audience and a fish? This behind-the-scenes look behind the curtain examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators.
  • Creature Features – The cast of “Finding Dory” share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film.
  • Deep in the Kelp – Disney Channel’s Jenna Ortega guides us on a research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the “Finding Dory” crew went to make Dory’s world feel real.
  • Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer – “Finding Dory” character art director Jason Deamer talks about how he got to Pixar, how he draws the characters in the film, and how falling off a skateboard teaches you lessons you can use in art and life.
  • Dory’s Theme – A spirited discussion among the composer, music editor and director of “Finding Dory” about the musical elements that shape Dory’s quirky and joyful theme.
  • Rough Day on the Reef – Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you’ll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making “Finding Dory.”
  • Commentary – Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins deliver their personal perspective on “Finding Dory.”
  • Deleted Scenes (introduced by director Andrew Stanton)

Here’s a peek at a Creature Feature for one of our favorite characters Hank:

Do you like Hank too? Here are some fun facts in numbers that we loved learning: 

  • 7 – LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN – When designers were working on Hank, the cantankerous octopus in “Finding Dory,” they created tapered tentacles for the cephalopod. The tentacles were modeled separately from the body, but when they tried to attach them, only seven would fit. Filmmakers later decided that it made sense that Hank would have an affliction, so they worked it into the script.
  • 350 – suckers are found on Hank: 50 suckers on each of his seven arms.
  • 11,041 – rigging prime were created just for Hank’s simulation (the average character requires around 20).
  • 118  – weeks were required of the team of technical directors who were responsible for building and articulating Hank.
  • 22  – weeks were spent shading Hank to give him extra texture and color, as well as making it possible for him to camouflage himself. (An average character takes less than eight weeks.)


Back to the movie night! Those adorable snack boxes I made? They’re a FREE download from my friend Erin at Printable Crush. I just cut off the tops and added some popcorn and goldfish! That’s probably all I’ll pull together for our movie night but here are some more fun ideas you could do:

Who else is having a Finding Dory movie night this week?!

Finding Dory Movie Night Ideas

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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