Plenty of heart and the same characters we've come to know and love; Finding Dory feels like the natural progression of the story rather than a cash grab as do some other Pixar sequels. This being said the laughs feel somehow... cheaper this time round. The film is lacking the wit and incisiveness that characterises Pixar's very best work and instead is overly reliant on slapstick comedy and dull action set pieces wrapped up in a disappointingly formulaic, unimaginative story. Thankfully the decision to turn Dory's condition, which was little more than a recurring gag in the first film, into legitimate commentary on mental illness is actually incredibly well done (
it's a nice touch that Dory doesn't actually get magically 'cured' but rather learns to live with her short term memory loss as best she can), and there are plenty of classic Pixar tearjerker moments. Definitely towards the upper echelon of animated sequels, despite its fair share of problems.