Dolphin Tale 3D

September 23rd 2011
  • Drama/Family,
  • PG,
  • 113 min,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Rus Blackwell, Nathan Gamble, Harry Connick Jr., Austin Stowell, Ray McKinnon, Frances Sternhagen, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Marc Macaulay, Austin Highsmith, Jim Fitzpatrick, Richard Libertini, Michael Roark, Mike Pniewski, Juliana Harkavy, Kim Ostrenko, Kurt Yaeger, Betsy Landin, Stacy Ann Rose, Ashley White, Megan Lozicki, Nicholas Turner Martin, Keri Maletto, Carlos Jorge Guerrero, Laila Harris
  • Director: Charles Martin Smith
  • Writers: Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi
  • Producers: Richard Ingber, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosgove, Keith Melton
  • Co Producers: Yolanda T. Cochran, David Yates
  • Associate Producer: Brad Arensman
  • Executive Producer: Robert Engelman
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Hope Hanafin
  • D.O.P.: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
  • Editor: Harvey Rosenstock
  • Makeup: Erin Brasfield
  • Music: Mark Isham
  • Production Design: Michael Corenblith
  • Set Decoration: Susan Benjamin


A boy befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap. Through their bond and friendship, the boy motivates everyone around him to help save her by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin's tail. The marine mammal's strong survival instincts become an inspiration to people with special needs throughout the world.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Florida, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some mild thematic elements
  • Production Companies: Alcon Entertainment, Paradise F.X. Corp
  • Production Schedule: 27 September 2010 - December 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Inspired by a true story at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, this family oriented feature wrapped filming only a fortnight ago after a shoot around various locations in Florida. Shot in 3D, not converted, the underwater sequences are said to be quite spectacular. Certainly the strong cast should generate more interest in this than the modestly budget effort would've attracted on its own.

Actor turned director Charles Martin Smith ("Air Bud") helms the project and says a major aim was to differentiate this from "Free Willy" despite the very similar subject matter. The handicap element was a big part of that, although it now has brought up comparisons to "How To Train Your Dragon" funnily enough. A September bow indicates a relatively quiet launch, hopefully this won't suffer the same fate of Rob Reiner's little seen family friendly "Flipped" this past Summer."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 September 2011: Argentina
  • 23 September 2011: Canada
  • 29 September 2011: Singapore
  • 30 September 2011: Paraguay
  • 14 October 2011: Brazil, UK
  • 20 October 2011: Hungary
  • 28 October 2011: Estonia
  • 2 November 2011: France
  • 3 November 2011: Germany, Hong Kong
  • 11 November 2011: Spain