Pixar Changes ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Script to Avoid Promoting Captivity

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As a solid demonstration that art sometimes does, indeed, imitate life, the makers of the upcoming sequel in the Finding Nemo franchise have rewritten the ending of the screenplay, which originally had all the sea creatures winding up at a marine-based theme park, such as SeaWorld.

According to news reports, it was the controversial new documentary Blackfish, which excoriates SeaWorld for its captive orca program, that convinced the film’s writers and producers to change course.

The sequel, Finding Dory, comes on the heels of the 2003 box office hit Finding Nemo, and is being made by Disney’s animation studio, Pixar. According to the Los Angeles Times, Pixar executives attended a private screening of Blackfish last April, with the film’s director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

According to the Times: “Louie Psihoyos, who directed the Oscar-winning dolphin slaughter documentary ‘The Cove,’ Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and ‘Dory’ director Andrew Stanton sat down with ‘Blackfish’ director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in April after seeing her movie.”

After watching the film, which “raises sharp questions about the health of whales in captivity,” the Times reported, “the studio decided to make substantial changes to the Dory script.

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About David Kirby

DAVID KIRBY is the author of 'Evidence of Harm,' which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 'Animal Factory,' an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms which NPR compared to Upton Sinclair’s classic work 'The Jungle.' His latest book, 'Death at SeaWorld,' was previewed by Library Journal, which wrote: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigate work.” Booklist called the book “gripping” and “hard to put down.”
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