The Dolphin Tale movie (rated PG) about the dolphin named Winter with a prosthetic tail, comes out in theaters on September 23. To prepare you for the movie, Abby Stone, Winter’s actual trainer from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), has answered some of YOUR questions. Read on to find out more about Winter, the amazing dolphin with a fake tail, and what the life of a dolphin trainer is like.
Q: How did Winter feel about the tail and what was her reaction?
True story: a dolphin named Winter got its tail caught in a crab trap. It survived but had to have its tail amputated. How can a dolphin swim without a tail? It can’t. . . BUT it got a prosthetic tail and now Winter can swim fine! You can read about the story in a book called Winter’s Tail, and coming in September, you can see the movie based on the story called Dolphin Tale.
If you love dolphins, we have a special surprise for you at the end of this blog post but first, here is Nathan Gamble, the 13-year-old star of the movie to talk about what it was like to make the movie.
This blog post is sponsored byIMAX Born to be Wild 3D.
An amazing wildlife adventure is coming to IMAX theaters on April 8. Born to be Wild 3D tells the story of two women working in Africa and Asia to save orphaned animals. When the movie writer/producer Drew Fellman learned about Dr.Galdikas who was rescuing baby orangutans, and Dame Daphne who was rescuing baby elephants, he instantly knew that their remarkable stories would make an incredible film. “They are heroes of the earth in the truest sense,” he states.
Watch the movie trailer, and read on to learn more about these incredible Earth heroes!
Dr. Galdikas and Dame Daphne both stress that you cannot save the animals without saving their physical environment. “Orangutans are on the verge of extinction as their habitat is disrupted by poaching, illegal logging, and palm oil plantations whose by-product, vegetable oil, is sold in myriad products like junk food, soap, cosmetics and some bio-fuels around the world,” Dr. Galdikas points out.
Elephants have been equally targeted by ivory poachers. Dame Daphne emphasizes, “The pressure on the African wildlife population has been an ongoing situation for 100 years. Unfortunately the elephant, although highly intelligent, has been viewed merely as a resource to be mined. We’re consuming everything on the planet and if we’re not extremely careful, there will be no room for any other life forms here. And as soon as that happens, there will be no more us.”
Fellman concludes, “Both women have been huge inspirations to me personally. They are living proof that each one of us can make a difference. And I certainly hope people leave the theatre with the conclusion that they can do something, too.”
This blog is sponsored by the new Disneynature film, African Cats.
Opening in Theaters on Earth Day, April 22, 2011
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day on April 22? Every year, this day serves as a great reminder to take care of the environment around us, especially the creatures that rely on our planet’s resources. Case in point: the lions and cheetahs that are part of the ecosystem known as the African savanna. This Earth Day the new Disneynature film African Cats takes viewers on a journey to learn how these remarkable animals navigate their unique habitat, as well as about the important role they play in their ecosystem.
Chronicling a true story, African Cats captures the real-life love, humor, and determination of these majestic rulers of the savanna. You’ll meet Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit, and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, the proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.
Let us know your Comments: Why is it important to protect ecosystems such as the African savanna? What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year?
When the kingdom’s most wanted, and most charming, bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of thugs. Tangled (rated PG) hits theaters on Nov. 24, 2010.
Here are Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, the actors who provide the voices of Rapunzel and Flynn, to tell us more about the movie. . .
This blog post is sponsored by Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs.
Your Official Tour of Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs
Get a feel for the region you’ll be protecting in Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs, the third installment of this distinctive and exciting action-adventure series that positions you in the center of the story. This time around, you’re always traveling in good company—Ukulele Pichu will pitch in with its electrifying “Pichu’s Assist,” and four players can now connect via Nintendo DS Local Wireless Connection to go on Wireless Multiplayer Missions. As a Pokémon™ Ranger, it’s up to you to work with Pokémon™ to stop the nefarious plans of the Pokémon™ Pinchers!
Have a look at these FIVE colorful screenshots from Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs for a head start on what you’re UP AGAINST.
This blog post is sponsored by Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs.
Gearing up for Pokémon™ Ranger: Guardian Signs? The next game in the Pokémon Ranger series is an action-adventure game with a detailed story—let’s have a look at who you’ll be running into on your quest to save the Oblivia region from the powers of darkness!
Did you catch The Karate Kid in theaters this summer? Good news! It’s coming out on Blu-Ray, Combo Pack, and DVD on October 5!
In this awesome twist on the 1984 movie, Jaden Smith stars as Dre Parker, a 12-year-old boy who moves to Beijing when his mom gets a new job. China isn’t anything like Detroit, and the only thing that keeps Dre from missing life back home is his cute classmate Mei Ying. Unfortunately, Cheng, the class bully and a kung fu expert, will do anything to keep Dre and Mei Ying apart. Everything changes when Mr. Han, the school janitor, agrees to teach Dre kung fu so that he can take on Cheng in a tournament. Check out the trailer!
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nashley86: This is a 6th grade class in New York that has been learning about Peace One Day. We just came back inside from making a human peace sign with several classrooms in our school.
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Hi, everyone! My name is Jeremy Gilley. Eleven years ago, I had the idea to create an annual day of global ceasefire and nonviolence: Peace Day. I wanted it to be like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. I just couldn’t understand all the fighting and suffering happening around me and I wanted to do something about it. I’m a filmmaker, so I decided to make a film about my journey to get this day recognized. Other people might have written a book, but I see the world through images and stories as told in films, so for me it made perfect sense. I had no idea what would happen, but I knew I had to try.