Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: September 23, 2011 Released by: Warner Brothers
Dolphin Tale is based on a true story of a Dolphin who loses a tail and a young boy who works to bring about a solution to the animal's plight.
The film stars Harry Connick, Jr. as Dr. Clay Haskett, he runs the Clearwater Marine Hospital and becomes the main care giver for the Dolphin. It's Nathan Gamble's Sawyer who frees winter the Dolphin from the crab trap and becomes the main advocate for a cure for the animal's mobility and survivability. The Dolphin through an alternate style of swimming is creating a muscle structure which is dangerous to its survival.
Ashley Judd is Lorraine, Nathan's mother who is pleased with his interest in marine life and Cozi Zuehlsdorff is Clay's daughter who has all the strength and sprit necessary to get everyone going in the right direction.
The two kids recruit Dr. McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) to help develop a new prosthetic tail for Winter. He normally works on prosthetics for human beings. His testing is interesting and dramatic as early attempts fail dramatically. The final invention makes us think of the tail used in the animated feature How to Train Your Dragon.
But, Dolphin Tale is PG and a full family film, that not a negative statement, it means that something good is going to turn up at the end of the script and it does, leaving the audience nicely stratified no matter what age.