While it didn't exactly make the money of a major studio blockbuster, the documentary Blackfish made an incredible impact when it was released in 2013. Pulling in an impressive $2 million while only being released in 99 theaters, and getting a powerfully positive consensus from professional critics, the movie began a national conversation about SeaWorld parks and the way that Orca whales are treated.
This change in direction for Finding Dory is an excellent PR move for Pixar, distancing itself from a documentary thatís grabbing a ton of press by shining its light on a serious problem in the aquatic community. We donít know what the ending of Dory is (or was), but if it involved an orca in a Sea World park, then yes, it would have been tough to explain away the connections.
As kids, many of us were caught up in the wonder of SeaWorld, an amusement park that allowed us into the splash zone where we could get closeóbut not too closeóto the incredible animals of the ocean. Shamu is essentially SeaWorld's mascot, a killer whale character played by various orcas all across North America. But there have been times when these killer whales live up to the darker aspect of their names, turning on their trainers.