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What to know: Daniel is a little dolphin with big dreams, living in a world where dreams are forbidden.
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED DOLPHIN: STORY OF A DREAMER is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
103 minutes
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I like this film because it has a message about following your dreams and listening to your heart, even when others tell you your dreams don't matter.
The film is about a young dolphin named Daniel Alexander Dolphin, who has a dream to surf the biggest wave. He lives with a pod of dolphins and he is not suppose to wander outside of the lagoon. The other dolphins in his pod have given up on following their dreams, and are happy to live in comfort in the lagoon, but Daniel wants more. When a kind stingray enters the lagoon and tells Daniel to never give up and keep following his heart he decides to leave the lagoon to find his dream.
My favorite part of the film is when Daniel surfs the giant wave and shoots through the tube. I love when he is inside the wave. It is magical.
My favorite character is the little tiny dolphin, named Sparky, who gets so excited about everything and acts like he is on a sugar rush and then falls over exhausted and goes to sleep.
The background in the lagoon is beautiful. The animation has lots of detail. The small brightly colored plants swaying in the water and sunlight are very realistic but magical too. Some of the animation I don't like. For example the dolphin's teeth are too sharp and that makes them a little scary and sometimes the mouth movement doesn't go along with the voices.
I recommend this film to older kids because the messages might be hard for young kids to understand and might be boring. I feel some of the messages get over-played and sometimes I lose interest. Younger kids might think the shark is scary, but compared to Nemo, it's not too scary.
Credit: Makai Weber Colvin, Age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Daniel Alexander Dolphin is a dreamer. His big dream is to surf the largest wave. He hears a mystical voice telling him to leave his pod of dolphins and go in search of this wave. He faces many dangers, but his determination drives him to finally realize his dream. Having dreams and never giving up on them is a story that a child of any age can enjoy. Some of the "evil" creatures, may be too intense for sensitive kids. A story of underwater adventure filled with brilliant animation and bright colors. Excellent production quality, simple theme, will appeal to most kids.
Daniel is a little dolphin with big dreams, living in a world where dreams are forbidden. He ventures beyond the safety of his pod and follows his heart into the unknown, in search of the true purpose of life. The journey won't be easy - he will encounter friends and enemies, paradise and danger, and he must use his heart to navigate the uncharted waters ahead. A heart-warming, coming-of-age adventure, THE DOLPHIN: STORY OF A DREAMER will make a splash with audiences both young and old and encourages viewers the importance of following their dreams and staying true to their selves. Explore this mystical underworld with a delightful animated treasure that the whole family will cherish.
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