Target: Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter
Goal: Praise Pixar for making the movie “Finding Dory” more animal-friendly and for opening discussion about animals being help in captivity.
Pixar is helping to open discussion about the ethics of marine animals being held in captivity with their new movie “Finding Dory” (set to release in June of 2016) and even changed the ending to make it more animal-friendly.
Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and “Finding Dory” director Andrew Stanton met with “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite to make sure that the ending was not perceived the wrong way and decided to alter the film slightly. The original ending of the move had some marine mammals being sent to an environment similar to SeaWorld, but after seeing “Blackfish,” executives changed the ending so that the sea creatures had a choice to stay there or not.
Ellen DeGeneres, who voices the lead character in the film, is also speaking out on the topic. DeGeneres says that “Finding Dory” is about helping marine life and returning them to their natural homes in the ocean. She recently said, “I think that fish should be in the ocean. It’s what this whole sequel is about. It’s about rehabilitation and putting them back in the ocean … And we have to protect our oceans. Hopefully that discussion starts with this film, because we really need to protect that environment.”
This is not good news for SeaWorld and other marine parks that cater to families who will flock to see this movie. After the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” alerted everyone to the cruel life of captive animals in SeaWorld, more people are trying to end unnecessary marine captivity. SeaWorld recently reported a two percent drop in attendance over last year’s numbers and an 85 percent decrease in net income to $5.8 million. That is an enormous loss of income and it appears to be just the beginning of the slow downfall of SeaWorld. Hopefully, SeaWorld will eventually be turned into a rehabilitation center that only holds animals who need assistance and that will eventually be released back into the wild.
The fact that Pixar executives knew the impact their film could have on kids and adults alike shows a great respect for marine animals and they deserve to be applauded for it. Please sign the petition below to thank Pixar for changing the ending to “Finding Dory” and for welcoming discussion on animals in captivity.
Dear Mr. Lasseter,
I am writing to you to thank you for understanding the impact that “Finding Dory” could have on kids and for altering the ending of it so that it is more animal-friendly. Pixar’s appreciation of marine life needs to be acknowledged.
After the release of “Blackfish,” many have been alerted to the cruel life of sea creatures at SeaWorld. SeaWorld continues to lose money and I am hopeful that it will soon go out of business after more people realize the horrible life that marine animals are subjected to.
Thank you for altering the ending of “Finding Dory” and spreading the message that animals should not be held in captivity. This will open discussions about the ethics of animals held in captivity and hopefully help put an end to places like SeaWorld.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Adrian Pingstone