Why Dolphin’s Tale Deserves to Be Number One at the Box Office
I can’t help but think of the word “broken” these days, when I think of my beautiful adoptive country, our economy and the incessant sense of turmoil and discontent all around the world. “Broken” is a word strong enough to allow me to feel the hurt and indulge in some good old fashioned pessimism, while also letting through the hopefulness of envisioning that what is now injured can, and will, with time be healed.
This past weekend, the real life tale of Winter — the wonder dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium — conquered the number one position at the box office. It’s no surprise, since Dolphin’s Tale is a movie perfect for children, entertaining for the accompanying adults and makes for that rare successful combination of a true family film. But beyond the hunky talents of Harry Connick Jr., the understated marvel of Morgan Freeman and the no-nonsense beauty of Ashley Judd, the film belongs to real-life star Winter, the bottlenose dolphin with a prosthetic tail and a will of steel.
Last week, I had the honor and great pleasure of being invited to a special screening of the film hosted by Frank V. Hibbard (see us pictured here right, holding one of Winter’s prosthetic tails) Mayor of the town of Clearwater, Florida. Clearwater is home to the CMA where Winter resides, along with quite a few other animals rescued and rehabilitated by their dedicated staff. It does indeed take a village — or a whole picturesque Florida town on the Gulf Coast in this case — to create a miracle like Winter. While this dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap has irrefutable spirit and courage, it was the message behind the film, the graciousness of Mayor Hibbard himself and the hospitality of the people of Clearwater which inspired me to sit down and write my thoughts.
Read the full piece on The Huffington Post