Disney’s Pixar Alters “Finding Dory” In Response To “Blackfish”

Unknown-2The New York Times recently reported that the script of Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo planned for release in 2015, was altered in response to the publicity surrounding the documentary Blackfish. Blackfish explores the issue of whether killer whales should be held in captivity. In the documentary, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite uses shocking footage and emotional interviews to tell the story of Tilikum, the giant orca which killed its trainer at Sea World in Orlando, Florida on February 24, 2010.

Blackfish created quite a bit of negative publicity for Sea World. Apparently, this publicity was the catalyst for Pixar’s decision to change the ending of Finding Dory which, initially, involved a marine park similar to Sea World. That part of the story was restructured so that the fish and mammals taken to its aquatic center have the option to leave.

In my opinion, Pixar’s decision to alter the script of Finding Dory is proof positive that Blackfish is stirring up enough controversy to bring its important issues to light, and is getting the recognition which it clearly deserves.

Click here to read more about Blackfish and to view the movie’s trailer.


  1. These movies have huge impacts on kids. I would start selling my stock in seaworld!

  2. I heard about this and was astounded that real, tangible changes were made as a result of that documentary! It really gives me hope for the animal rights movement overall. So encouraging!

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