1 hour, 52 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some mild thematic elements.
Ormie and the Cookie Jar: Original Animated Short; Gag Reel
Harry Connick Jr. ...
Ashley Judd ...
Nathan Gamble ...
Kris Kristofferson ...
Cozi Zuehlsdorff ...
Morgan Freeman ...
Austin Stowell ...
Frances Sternhagen ...
Austin Highsmith ...
Betsy Landin ...
This is the amazing true story of a brave dolphin who we first meet when a fatherless 11-year-old boy named Sawyer (Nathan
Gamble), bicycles past the Florida seashore one summer day when a
fisherman calls him over. A dolphin is lying on the beach, tangled in a
net, its tail bleeding. The boy gently untangles it and waits while the
folks from the local marine animal hospital arrive. He later visits the dolphin, now named Winter, in rehab, and notices that she has an
affinity for him. Sawyer, who doesn't seem
to have any friends, is suddenly passionate about something. He wants
to help Winter!
Sawyer's mom (Ashley
Judd) supports Sawyer's newfound interest as does the
kindly dolphin doctor (Harry Connick Jr.), whose daughter, Hazel (Cozi
Zuehlsdorff), is Sawyer's age. Everyone is sad when Winter's damaged
tail must be amputated, but then Sawyer gets the idea of getting Winter a prosthetic
tail after he meets Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) who designs fake limbs for injured war
veterans. We also learn that the animal facility is running out of money, and the board of
trustees might be forced to shut it down and sell it to land developers.
Can Sawyer and Winter and Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. save the
As directed by Charles Martin Smith ("Air Bud"), Dolphin Tale is pretty uncomplicated, but it's inspiring and more than family-friendly. It's a likeable, feel-good adventure with a special appeal to youngsters who love animals.