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Friday, August 9, 2013

Finding Dory Changed in Response to Controversial Documentary

In very interesting news, Brooks Barnes of the New York Times reports that the still-in-development script to Finding Dory has been altered after a new documentary, Blackfish, was released recently. The documentary talks about Tilikum, a killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando, who has been in captivity since 1983 and at SeaWorld Orlando since 1992. It's an interesting picture of killer whales in captivity and why it's wrong to keep them in captivity. I have yet to see it, but I have heard nothing but good things about it. Anyway, back to Finding Dory. As reported by Barnes, an unnamed Pixar employee confirmed to him that the ending of Finding Dory involved a marine park, such as SeaWorld. But, because of Blackfish and the publicity hit SeaWorld is receiving due to it, they have changed the ending to make it so that the characters at the aquatic center have the option to leave. Obviously Finding Dory is years away, so it's not like this is film breaking news. But it is interesting to see just how privy to the world's emotions Pixar is. I know in Monsters, Inc., they changed the Harryhausen's scene from it exploding to the current scene after the September 11th attacks. Finding Dory drops November 25, 2015. Expect something on it today at D23.'

Source: New York Times
H/T: Ryan Mead on Twitter (@rwmead)