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Pixar Is Rewriting the Ending to ‘Finding Dory’ Because of SeaWorld Documentary ‘Blackfish’

Pixar Is Rewriting the Ending to ‘Finding Dory’ Because of SeaWorld Documentary ‘Blackfish’

The documentary Blackfish caused quite a stir when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and now that it’s in wide release, SeaWorld has begun to engage in a high-profile PR war with the filmmakers. The movie exposes the toll that life in captivity takes on orcas, and focuses on Tilikum, the whale that killed its trainer during a performance at the Orlando theme park. The backlash from the documentary has been so substantial, that there are now reports that Pixar is rewriting the end to its upcoming Finding Nemo sequel. [Warning: Some possible spoilers lay ahead.] A source from the animation studio told The New York Times that during a part of Finding Dory when some of the fish and their friends are taken to an aquatic center, the script will be changed so it will be clear that they have the option to leave. The implication is, that after seeing the public response to Blackfish—and the possible mistreatment of killer whales at SeaWorld—Pixar filmmakers weren’t sure if the whole human/wild-animal-friendship-thing was going to sit too well with audiences. SeaWorld has called the documentary “shamefully dishonest, deliberately misleading, and scientifically inaccurate” …

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