The quote “What goes up, must come down,” has been attributed to Issac Newton, though apparently no one told Bob Iger over at Walt Disney because two of his studios, Pixar and Marvel Studios, spend most of them time defying gravity, with releases that consistently break box office records.
Though maybe Newton got it right after all because the former had its first box office disappointment with The Good Dinosaur (some have responded more harshly, which is not only unfair, but a bit hyperbolic because it earned almost $314 million on a $200 million budget. And while that doesn’t make it a success, I wouldn’t call it a Gods Of Egypt-level misfire either.)
And the truth of it is, both studios have done so well that a weak performance from either won’t make that much of a difference to their balance sheets.
So what does that have to do with Finding Dory? I’m not sure. The trailer is gorgeous–particularly the almost balletic movement of the stingray migration–but while I found Finding Nemo (which Finding Dory is a spinoff of) to be fun, when I look at this latest trailer all I see is Ellen DeGeneres.
Is that a good thing? I don’t know, it depends on how you feel about DeGeneres. If you find her voice a bit grating–as I do–then this trailer, despite the beautiful animation–might rub you the wrong way.