Hello, how are you today? I’m actually in Venice this week doing a little work and visiting with family and we are having a ton of fun but, as promised, I wanted to tell you about another event from this past weekend.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary admission to a screening of “Dolphin Tale 2” to promote the movie however, as always, all opinions are mine.
On Saturday night after we left the aquarium, the Dolphin Tale 2 blog ambassadors were shuttled back to the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. I picked up my car and headed over to the AMC theatres in Oldsmar. Fortunately my sister-in-law had just arrived from Virginia so I was able to take Jayde and both my niece and nephew to the theatre to see “Dolphin Tale 2” four weeks before it actually premieres! Talk about exciting…
I loved “Dolphin Tale”, it’s one of my favorite movies and I’ve always felt very connected to it since I live in Clearwater and I’ve visited Winter on so many occasions. It’s no secret among those who know me that I was really looking forward to seeing “Dolphin Tale 2” and as a Dolphin Tale 2 blog ambassador I was not only given the chance to see the movie but I got to see it 4 weeks early!
What you may not know is that there were no plans for a sequel because the first movie was based on a true story and once you tell a story, that’s it, you go home. However, on the same night that the first film wrapped, a baby dolphin was rescued and arrived at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
This baby dolphin was about the same age as Winter was when she was rescued and the similarities don’t end there, she was also found in the same part of Florida, they are both atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and they were both rescued exactly 5 years and 1 day apart.
They named her Hope.
Since Hope was rescued as a baby and never learned the skills to survive in the wild, she will be a life long resident of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, just like Winter.
“Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of Winter and brings back the entire main cast from the first movie, including Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Austin Highsmith and Morgan Freeman. The story begins several years later, the Aquarium has grown immensely and people are coming from all over the world to see Winter. While the Aquarium is doing well, Winter is soon grieving as her surrogate mother, Panama dies. The USDA warns Dr. Clay Haskett, played by Harry Connick, Jr., that they will have to move Winter from the Aquarium because regulations require these social creatures to be paired. If the aquarium doesn’t find a female companion for her they could lose their beloved Winter.
I don’t want to give the story away so I won’t give away any more of the details but I will say is that you will enjoy “Dolphin Tale 2” just as much as the first movie. It’s heartwarming, it’s funny, and it’s inspirational. You will love the way the cast has evolved and there’s even a quest appearance by one of my favorite surfers, Bethany Hamilton! (Seriously, that was just the best.) The kids loved it too, so much in fact, that I’ve already promised them we’ll go back to see it when it opens in theatres on September 12th.
Do you plan on going to see “Dolphin Tale 2”?
Did you see the first movie, “Dolphin Tale”?