Dolphin Tale

by Jeremiah Tash

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday December 22, 2011

Dolphin Tale

There is family entertainment-- you know, those Pixar movies you laugh at more than children in the theaters-- and there is children's entertainment. While "Dolphin Tale" (directed by actor Charles Martin Smith) may have passed for theatrical family entertainment, it's reduced to kid's fare on the 2D Blu-ray and DVD combo pack.

The main character, a pre-pubescent schoolboy named Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) finds a beached dolphin caught in a rope, and he ends up meeting a slew of marine animal rescuers, including a chatty girl, Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), her dad, Clay (Harry Connick Jr.), and Hazel's grandfather, Reed (Kris Kristofferson). The dolphin-- named Winter-- has her tail amputated, and now she needs a prosthesis. Enter Morgan Freeman.

The film looks good, but the acting and dialogue take a back seat to the dolphin, which clearly works best in 3D. Special features abound though, so if you (or more likely kids you know) liked the film, they may enjoy the real story of Winter the dolphin, an animated short called "The Hutash Rainbow bridge." There's also a gag reel - alas no outtakes where the dolphin flubbed its lines.

Dolphin Tale
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
$35.99
www.warnerbrothers.com