It seems like the pay off to Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo sequel is being altered after the filmmakers saw Blackfish, a new documentary about abusive policies and practices at water-based theme parks like Sea World.
Louie Psihoyos, the director dolphin-slaughter documentary The Cove, apparently heard about a meeting between Pixar and Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, then told The LA Times about it.
At the end of the movie, some marine mammals are sent to an aquatic park/rehab facility — a SeaWorld-type environment. After seeing Blackfish, they retooled the film so that the sea creatures now have the choice to leave that marine park. They told Gabriela they didn’t want to look back on this film in 50 years and have it be their Song of the South.
The LA Times followed up with Cowperthwaite, who said that she had screened the film for Pixar, and that they were “impacted” by it but:
Whether Blackfish affects their creative decisions, I can’t say.
I can’t imagine Andrew Stanton, who is directing Finding Dory, would like to misrepresent the plight of orcas, or indeed any other sea life. If anything, I’d expect the film to be very sympathetic to the subjects portrayed in The Cove and Blackfish, if altogether less graphic.
Incidentally, new cast announcements have just revealed that Ty Burrell will be playing a Beluga whale in the film, and is therefore likely to be one of the characters effected by these plot changes.