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Dolphin Tale Movie: How a Dolphin Got a New ProstheticTail

Updated on July 6, 2012

Okay, if you love dolphins, dolphin stories, true life events, you will thoroughly enjoy this family movie. Great acting from Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick and two unknown child stars. As stories go, a boy discovers a badly maimed dolphin along the Florida coast near Clearwater. It has become entangled in rope and a crab cage with its tail being in bad shape. The dolphin, Winter, has a tail that must be amputated. Winter learns to swim without a tail by developing a side-to-side motion (like a fish), this unnatural motion is causing stress on her spine and will eventually kill it. To save the dolphin's life, the family that saved the dolphin must find a prosthetic specialist to make a new tail. This is where Morgan Freeman enters as such a person working for disabled Vets. Through a few trial and errors where Winter rejects the new tail, a solution is found, which is an amazing feat because you can visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium and see Winter! Part of the sub-story is that the aquarium is being sold because funding is gone. The family then rallies all available resources to raise money with others and a website ( This fund raising event shows off Winter with the prosthetic tale and in the crowd is the new owner who plans to level it to build a hotel. As the story goes, the new owner is so impressed with the crowd and his grand-daughters love of the place, he cancels his plans and allows the marine aquarium to continue with his funding.

The movie is a feel good, family movie and clean dialogue. In real life, it took over a year to find the right prosthetic tail for Winter to accept. It cost $37 million to make and grossed $94 million. Whether true or not, in the movie, there is a real connection between the dolphin and the boy who saves it. The dolphin will chirp and the boy whistles and the dolphin only responds to the one that saved it.

How could you not like warm, fuzzy dolphin movies?


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      Yes, a solid 3 stars.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the review of this movie. Is is on my list of "must see" for this year. At this point, I will have to rent it; but based upon your rating, it will be a good one to see.