Dolphin Tale 2

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Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Martin Smith
Produced by Robert Engelman
Broderick Johnson
Andrew A. Kosove
Written by Charles Martin Smith
Starring Harry Connick, Jr.
Ashley Judd
Nathan Gamble
Kris Kristofferson
Cozi Zuehlsdorff
Morgan Freeman
Music by Rachel Portman[1]
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Edited by Harvey Rosenstock
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Summit Entertainment
Release dates
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $36 million[3]
Box office $52.4 million[3]

Dolphin Tale 2 is a 2014 American family drama film written and directed by Charles Martin Smith and sequel to his 2011 film Dolphin Tale. Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, Juliana Harkavy, Austin Stowell, Betsy Landin, and Austin Highsmith all reprise their roles from the first film while Lee Karlinsky, Julia Jordan, Taylor Blackwell, and Bethany Hamilton join the cast. The film was released on September 12, 2014[4] and tells the story of another dolphin at the hospital named "Hope". After Winter's elderly companion and surrogate mother, Panama, passes away, Winter's future is put in jeopardy, unless Sawyer, Clay, Hazel, and the rest of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium team can find a new companion for her.


Three years after the first film, a now 14-year-old Sawyer gets a chance at a scholarship to attend an elite SEA Semester program which involves three months at sea to do marine mammal research. Sawyer wants to go but is concerned about leaving Winter, another CMA dolphin he helped save three years earlier, who has lost her tail. Winter needs attention and shows signs of stress and loneliness, especially after the death of her older dolphin friend, Panama. George Hatton, A USDA inspector, requires that, for health reasons, Winter must be matched with a new female companion within thirty days or be transferred elsewhere. However, Winter's behavior has become unpredictable, even dangerous: when Sawyer tries to get her out of the tank to prepare to make her a new prosthetic tail, she becomes aggressive and knocks him into the water before Phoebe jumps into the pool and rescues him. Dr. Clay prohibits Sawyer from swimming with Winter until further notice.

Before this, CMA rescues a severely sunburned and beached dolphin, named Mandy after a little girl who finds her, which Sawyer, Clay and his daughter, Hazel, hope to be Winter's companion. CMA begins to rehabilitate Mandy, contemplating releasing her soon. Hazel becomes greatly unhappy with her father, and she consults with Sawyer's mother, Lorraine, who explains to her what hospitals are for and encourages her to treat her dad the way she would want to be treated. Thus, Hazel understands that what's best for Mandy is just as important as what's best for Winter. Clay, Sawyer and Hazel give Mandy three live fish, which she catches and eats effortlessly, so they decide to release her, with Hazel assertively taking charge. Mandy receives a goodbye "ceremony" while she swims out to sea.

Hazel and Sawyer break the rule and swim with Winter, who seems improved and is no longer aggressive. Dr. Clay catches them and scolds them, but then states that it does not matter, because George Hatton issued a transfer order and Winter is to be transferred to a marine park in Texas since CMA has no companion for her.

Meanwhile, Sawyer wins the coveted scholarship to attend SEA Semester so his mother and friends throw him a party, which cheers him up a little bit, but he still can't decide whether to go because he is too upset. Dr. McCarthy shows him an old watch which must be tapped to keep ticking. Using this as an example, he encourages Sawyer to "shake it up now and then" and try new things in life.

During the party, Dr. Clay receives word that another female dolphin has been rescued. This one is so young that she has not yet learned how to hunt, so she cannot be returned to the wild. Thus she represents another hope of companionship for Winter. They name her "Hope." Also, in a side plot, Sawyer and Hazel rescue a sea turtle from some fishing line and name her Mavis. Rufus, on the other hand, takes a liking to Mavis, even watching her during a CT Scan. As Sawyer, Hazel, and the CMA staff release Mavis, Rufus follows her out to sea.

Dr. Clay gets an extension to keep Winter from being transferred, and CMA tries to introduce Hope as her new companion. But Hope panics and circles the pool at high speed, causing Winter to go into a dangerous panic as well. The staff quickly separates the two dolphins.

To see what went wrong, the CMA staff analyzes the video recording. They realize that Hope did not know what to make of Winter because Hope's echolocation sensed Winter had no tail and moved differently from other dolphins. Sawyer wants to try a new prosthetic tail, but some think it could make Hope panic even more. After debate, everyone finally agrees to try it.

In her second meeting with Hope, Winter wears the new prosthetic tail, designed by Dr. McCarthy. Mandy and her family, Bethany Hamilton (who earlier came to CMA and swam with Winter and Sawyer), Phil Hordern, and George Hatton are present to see that it will go well. Again things get a bit rough, but eventually the two dolphins accept each other. Everyone rejoices that Winter can stay at CMA now that she has a companion. With his uncertainty about Winter resolved, Sawyer decides to go to the SEA Semester program, but he reassures her that he'll be back. Hazel says goodbye to him by releasing helium balloons as Rufus returns to the aquarium.

Real-life footage shown at the end includes Mandy's release, Hope's rescue, a sea turtle's named Mavis and her release, Winter wearing the new prosthetic tail, and amputees interacting with Winter.



Filming began on October 7, 2013, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.[5][6]

Although they were filming on the site, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is open on weekends to the public. Cozi Zuehlsdorff tweeted on her Twitter account that she is excited that Bethany Hamilton has joined the "Dolphin Tale 2 family".

According to Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO, David Yates, filming ended on January 22, 2014. It was released on September 12, 2014.[citation needed]


The film's first teaser trailer was released on April 11, 2014, attached with theatrical screenings of Rio 2.[7] A second trailer was released on June 13, attached with How to Train Your Dragon 2.[8]


Critical reception[edit]

Dolphin Tale 2 received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 67%, based on 79 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10; the consensus states: "Much like its predecessor, Dolphin Tale 2 offers animal antics and sweet, old-fashioned drama that the whole family can enjoy. Rolling Stone says it gets better at the end credits with 'Come and Get Your Love' playing"[9] On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 58 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]

Home media[edit]

Dolphin Tale 2 was released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital media on December 9, 2014.


At a press conference speaking about the possibilities for a new Clearwater Marine Aquarium, David Yates revealed that discussions have begun towards the development of a sequel and television series.[11]


  1. ^ "Rachel Portman to Score ‘Dolphin Tale 2′". Film Music Reporter. April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "DOLPHIN TALE 2 (U)". Warner Bros. British Board of Film Classification. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
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  5. ^ "‘Dolphin Tale 2′ filming underway at Clearwater Aquarium". October 18, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dolphin Tale 2 filming in Clearwater; aquarium and businesses thriving". October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Anderton, Ethan (April 11, 2014). "'Dolphin Tale 2' Trailer Has More Family Friendly Animal Melodrama". Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Yamato, Jen (June 13, 2014). "Hot Trailer: ‘Dolphin Tale 2′". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dolphin Tale 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dolphin Tale 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Hopper, Chria (7 March 2014). "Dolphin Tale 3, TV show, being discussed". Bay News 9. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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