Disney Pixar's animated adventure has real cross-generational appeal - here's why.

It’s hard to find something everyone will enjoy watching on Christmas Day, but Finding Dory – out now on DVD and Blu-ray – has real cross-generational appeal. Here’s why.

1. It’s a film about family.

The plot follows charming but super-forgetful regal blue tang Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as she swims across the ocean in pursuit of Jenny and Charlie (Diane Keaton and American Pie’s Eugene Levy), the long-lost parents she can barely remember.

2. But it’s also a film about friendship.

Along the way, Dory makes a pact with a crotchety old octopus called Hank (Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill). She’s also flanked by her loyal clownfish pals Marlin (The Simpsons’ Albert Brooks) and Nemo (child actor Hayden Rolence), who have her back even when she doesn’t realise it.

3. It’s funny.

But the humour is never too cruel or rude. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” Dory says at one point. “Of course, I don’t really remember yesterday all that well…”

FINDING DORY – Marlin and Nemo get guidance from a pair of lazy sea lions in an effort to catch up with Dory. Featuring Idris Elba as the voice of Fluke and Dominic West as the voice of Rudder, "Finding Dory" opens on June 17, 2016. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

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4. The voice cast offers something for everyone.

The Wire’s Idris Elba and Dominic West team up again to play territorial sea lions who steal scenes by yelping “Off! Off! Off!” at anyone who wants to join them on their lounging rock. Willem Dafoe, Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon and The West Wing‘s Allison Janney all appear in supporting roles too. And there’s even a clever cameo from Sigourney Weaver to listen out for.

5. It has a truly heartwarming ending.

If a generous helping of Christmas pudding doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, Finding Dory surely will. Seriously, have a box of tissues ready at the side of the sofa.

Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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