Dolphin Tale - Animal Magic
Inspired by an amazing true story DOLPHIN TALE is a film about
Winter, a rescued dolphin who has lost her tail in a crab trap, and
Sawyer, the 11-year old boy who helps save her life.
Sawyer meets her at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine sanctuary
where she lives, and rallies friends and family alike to save Winter by
convincing a pioneering doctor to create a brand new tail and by raising
enough money to save the sanctuary from closing.
has a great cast including Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr, and Ashley
Judd alongside many wonderful animals. But the real star is Winter who
plays herself in the film and today serves as a symbol of courage,
perseverance and hope to millions of people.
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The release continues a long line of great family films with animals at
the action. To celebrate check out our top ten ‘Animal Magic’ movies -
how many have you seen?
Lassie Come Home - 1943
The original film of the book that spawned myriad sequels and a
successful TV Series. It’s the story of the bond between a collie and a
boy that is broken when the dog is sold. Don’t worry though, Lassie
comes home – as the title suggests – amid floods of tears from the boy
and the audience.
The Incredible Journey – 1963
When three pets – a Labrador, a bull terrier and a Siamese cat – are
left with their owner’s friend while he goes on holiday, the trio decide
to take a trip of their own in an amazing 200 mile trek to get to their
real home. The Canadian wilderness is a dangerous place so can our
heroes make it home in one piece? Of course they can!
Free - 1966
Strictly speaking it’s not a kids’ film but has become beloved of people
of all ages over the years. It is of course the story of Elsa the
Lioness – an orphaned cub that was raised by Joy and George Adamson and
eventually returned to the wilds of Kenya. A guaranteed feel-good
tear-jerker especially when the legendary theme tune kicks in.
Ring of Bright Water – 1969
The human stars of Born Free are in Britain this time and when they buy
an otter they quickly realise London isn’t the best place to bring him
up. A move to Scotland does the trick and Mij the otter thrives despite
all the dangers of the wild. But tragedy is lurking just around the
Free Willy - 1993
OK, OK, stop sniggering at the back...This is another story of the
relationship between child and animal. Willy is a Killer Whale who was
taken from his family to appear at an amusement park. Disaffected youth
Jesse befriends the Orca and quickly realises the right thing to do
would be to set him free. I’m guessing they don’t show this film much at
Beauty - 1994
Anna Sewell’s classic book has been made into film and TV versions, not
to mention a Lloyd’s Bank commercial! Naturally enough it’s the story
of horsey cruelty and kindness in equal measures and led to one of the
most memorable TV theme tunes of all time.
Babe - 1995
Yes pigs can be cute – especially if they can talk and have exceptional
skills in sheepherding, but to many babe will always be a sausage and
bacon sandwich waiting to happen. As the film’s tag line says “A Little
pig goes a long way”. Well quite.
Two Brothers - 2004
Two tiger cubs, one timid and one brave, are separated at birth to lead
two very different lives. One was adopted by the circus and one by a
family. Then one day along comes a bad explorer who forces the two
brothers to fight...Noooooo!
Racing Stripes - 2005
How many films can you think of that star a zebra? One if any I’ll bet,
and this one isn’t an ordinary zebra either. A young aspiring jockey has
the ambition of riding him in the Kentucky Open. The zebra’s name? Why
it’s Stripes of course!
Charlotte’s Web – 2006
Adapted from the award-winning children’s book it’s the story of Wilbur
the Pig who is destined for the dinner table. Enter Charlotte the spider
who literally saves Wilbur’s bacon by spinning words in to her web
extolling his virtues. Now that he is famous Wilbur is safe from the
axe, sadly the same can’t be said for Charlotte.
TALE is released in UK cinemas in 3D and 2D on October 14