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Free Willy 1-3
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Fun, excitement and the whale that captured the world's imagination add up to big family entertainment. A lonely boy understands the plaintive cries of the orca confined to an aquatic park's too-small tank and does something about it in Free Willy (Disc 1/Side A). Watch and understand why "audiences have gone wild for Willy" (Richard Corliss, Time). The boy rejoins Willy in his new ocean home and together they confront a burning oil spill in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (Disc 1/Side B), "the ideal family movie" (Caryn James, The New York Times). And Free Willy 3: The Rescue (Disc 2) - "the best of the Free Willy pictures" (Siskel & Ebert) - adds a grittier edge with a story about an illegal whaling operation. Don't miss 3 whales of a tale!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Director : Dwight H. Little, Sam Pillsbury, Simon Wincer
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 296 minutes
- Release date : November 7, 2006
- Actors : Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen, August Schellenberg, Jayne Atkinson
- Producers : Arnon Milchan
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B000HT38A8
- Writers : Corey Blechman, John Mattson, Karen Janszen, Keith Walker
- Number of discs : 2
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I wanted this movie because of the name and the story I heard about it. I was so pleased, but also shocked at the reality of what's really happening with these animals in captivity. They really don't belong in marine parks and shows. It is a jail for them. Even if you treat them right, they are suffering. How do you know they're happy? Do they tell you that? NO! They can't even speak for themselves so we must speak for them. Putting them into these tanks is mistreatment of animals. You may think it's big, but really it isn't. They need the huge vast ocean. Nothing can be bigger than that. Now all they can do is swim in circles. Like putting a goldfish in a teacup. Putting them in these tanks with hundreds or thousands of screaming people in a surrounding stadium hurts and disturbs them. They have very sensitive hearing. It messes up their sonar just like being contained in a small space they're put in. They are taken away from their home, their families(they're very social animals like us), their life in the ocean which is their natural environment. Now they are forced to do nothing but perform tricks for human entertainment for profits. I think we humans are pretty greedy and selfish. If they do a trick, they get fed. If they refuse to do the trick, no fish. Do they have a choice? Now they are forced to live unnaturally the rest of their lives. They must open their mouth to have a dead fish tossed in their mouth. This has become the daily routine. In the natural ocean, they hunt and forge for their food which is not dead but live. This is the natural (real) way that nature intended.
Now I see the reality. We underestimate these beautiful, intelligent creatures. In captivity they get aggitated. I can understand why. Recently a trainer at SeaWorld was killed by an Orca. I feel sympathy and great sadness on the families part but really, have we looked at the whales point of view? Once a man was found dead draped over the back of the same Orca who killed the trainer. People blame the whale for killing that man. But no one saw what really happened. How do we know the truth? I don't think we should assume anything without the proof. Maybe the man just fell in-just like the kid did in the first movie. The man probably drown and the whale tried to save him. It is possible. Or the whale is just angry of being cooped up in this prison.
I think we should all think this through more. We should all watch this film and learn something from it. Learn our own mistake done by human hands. These animals deserve better treatment. To be free in the ocean and live the life they were born to live-like God intended. Not some amusement park attraction. I'd rather pay to go on a boat way out to open sea, and see the whales in the real ocean instead. I am boycotting all marine parks/shows after seeing this film. When I heard that whale cry in this movie, I was in tears. It really changed me.
A very moving film that touched my heart and I hope others will feel the same way I do. We should all have a heart. It is the human and right thing to do. Excellent movie. I'm still in tears for the whales in this world suffering in captivity. May God have mercy on them all.