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How Documentary 'Blackfish' Has Made Some Ripples in Pixar's 'Finding Nemo' Sequel

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 9, 2013 at 1:33PM

Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary "Blackfish," which exposes the unsafe and even deadly practices of orca whale captivity at SeaWorld, is making more than a few ripples. Per the NY Times, due to the doc's damning accounts of the famous marine park, Pixar has been prompted to rewrite part of its "Finding Nemo" sequel to change an element of its story.
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"Blackfish"
"Blackfish"

Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary "Blackfish," which exposes the unsafe and even deadly practices of orca whale captivity at SeaWorld, is making more than a few ripples. Per the NY Times, due to the doc's damning accounts of the famous marine park, Pixar has been prompted to rewrite part of its "Finding Nemo" sequel to change an element of its story.

"Finding Dory," which doesn't hit theaters until 2015, has now been partially restructured so that the film's fish and mammals, once taken to a marine park, have the option of leaving. As pointed out in the Times, Pixar is notoriously hush-hush about its storylines, so this "tweak offers a rare peek" into the company's creative processes. The general plot for "Finding Dory" is still unknown.

Disney didn't comment for the NYT story; the piece sites a Pixar employee who told them about the alteration.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.