'Dolphin Tale' Trailer: Weep for This Bionic, Bottlenosed Bastard

April 8, 2011

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It's been 18 years since Free Willy and its Michael Jackson theme exploded at the box office and inspired millions to "adopt" a whale they immediately forgot about. Yet, as last year's straight-to-video release of Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (starring Beau Bridges) shows, toothed whales still have stories to tell and declining careers to toss an easy "I'm the parental figure" role at, and so we now have Dolphin Tale, a film that justifies its punny title with a relevant story of a dolphin learning to swim with a prosthetic tail.

In this trailer, the aggressively uplifting storyline, faux U2, and barely-present involvement of Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kris Kristofferson (the dolphin gets more screen time than the three combined) all plead to head straight to DVD shelves, but a supporting role from Morgan Freeman isn't having anything of it. He's going to fucking act this thing into actual theaters whether you like it or not.

It's Freeman's concerned face rub that did it. That's when this became a Real Movie.

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