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Friday, 10 February 2012

Dolphin Tale - a DVD Review

Last Friday night I settled down to watch Dolphin Tale on DVD with 9 year old Hanna. I just knew by the title of the film that she would like it, she loves movies with animals in.


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The Warner Bros movie starts with a boy named Sawyer who comes across a young Dolphin tangled in ropes from a crab trap washed up on a beach in Florida. Whilst waiting for the marine rescue to arrive he cuts the dolphin free and the bond between boy and dolphin begins.


The sick dolphin is taken to the marine hospital where she is named Winter. It's touch and go for a while and Winter's life hangs in the balance but manages to pull through with the support and dedication of hospital staff, including Marine Biologist Dr Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr) and his caring daughter Hazel, along with her new friend Sawyer.


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Sadly Winter loses her damaged tail but still manages to find her own way to swim around the aquarium. Prosthetist Dr Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) is brought in to make a prosthetic tail for Winter, unfortunately the dolphin isn't too keen on it!


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It's a real feel good movie and an easy one to watch with the kids. What makes it really special is that it's inspired by a true story and the real life Winter played herself in the movie. Towards the end of the film there is footage of the actual rescue of Winter and I was surprised to find out that Winter is still alive and well in the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida and you can watch her and her friends live on the 'Winter Webcam'.


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It's a truly inspirational story and well worth a watch, especially with pre-teens. I was right about Hanna, she really did love this film, so much so that she watched it again the following night with her friend.


Dolphin Tale is released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and digital download on 13th February


Running Time : 108 minutes


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We received Dolphin Tale on DVD for the purpose of this review

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