The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this atrocious CGI animated story of a young dolphin called by the sea to pursue his dreams should be avoided at all costs. For younger viewers, the "bad fish" chasing after the hero fish will surely give them nightmares with sharp pointed teeth and a mean demeanor. For children in general, the bizarre fart jokes early in the film may be immature even for them. For parents, the unpleasant characters, the trite exploration of "a hero's journey to make his dream come true," and the sub-par animation will leave them at best, bored, and at worst, angry that their kid's time was wasted watching this.
What's the story?
Daniel Alexander Dolphin (Robbie Daymond) lives in a pod where the other dolphins have stopped dreaming, opting instead to do nothing but fish. But Daniel wants to surf, so when he hears the call from the Voice of the Sea, he leaves the dolphin pod in pursuit of the sun to find his true calling in life. Along the way, he finds a sidekick named Carl (also Daymond), and together, they encounter dangerous predators and must elude and fight them before realizing their dream and purpose in the sea.
Is it any good?
One would hope that the book upon which this is based is much better, and while sub-par animation would get a pass if the story made up for it, it doesn't. There are plenty of children's films about characters pursuing their dreams that handle this subject matter in ways that are more entertaining and don't feature completely bizarre and nonsensical "jokes" of baby dolphins swallowing their own fart bubbles. If the characters aren't annoying (i.e. Daniel's sidekick Carl), they look and act in ways that will horrify most children under the age of 8. This film will likely confuse, anger, and annoy both parents and children.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about dreams. Why is it important to never stop believing in your dreams? Is there ever a time when you should reevaluate your dreams? What are your dreams?
What are the many obstacles that stand in the way of Daniel as he pursues his dream? What other hero stories can you think of? What are the similarities and differences in those stories to Daniel's?
How can you tell that a movie is bad? Is it a gut reaction or are there specific aspects that you can calculate?