Nemo Sequel Rewritten After SeaWorld Controversy

'Blackfish' documentary inspires change to storyline, Pixar employee tells NYT
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
Nemo Sequel Rewritten After SeaWorld Controversy
This film image released by Disney Pixar shows the character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. The character, first introduced in "Finding Nemo," returns for the sequel, "Finding Dory," set for release on Nov. 25, 2015.   (AP Photo/Disney Pixar)

Pixar has rewritten the ending of its upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, following a new documentary that criticizes SeaWorld's practice of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to a Pixar employee, the New York Times reports. The documentary, Blackfish, looks at the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in an attack by one of its killer whales and suggests such actions are the result of distress caused by years in captivity. The filmmakers have been engaged in a very public battle of words with the marine park since its release, the Times reported previously.

According to the Pixar employee, the animated film originally had an ending set at a marine park, but since the release of Blackfish, the Dory filmmakers decided to restructure their own ocean-based movie so that the sea creatures taken to the marine park will have the option to leave. Pixar owner Walt Disney Studios would not comment on the story. (Read more Finding Nemo stories.)

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