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The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer

3 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Dive into an enchanting world of undersea adventure, friendship, and danger with this delightful animated treasure that the whole family will cherish. Daniel Alexander Dolphin is a little dolphin with big dreams, living in a world where dreams are forbidden. Swim along with Daniel and his friends on a magical journey of destiny and discovery as he ventures beyond the safety of his pod and follows his heart into the unknown in search of the true purpose of life. This heart-warming, coming-of-age adventure will make a splash with the young and old alike. Dive in--and dare to dream again!

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  • Actors: Robbie Daymond, Michael Ferreri, Steven Booth, Corey J. Holtzberg
  • Directors: Eduardo Schuldt
  • Writers: Michael Wogh, Judy Kellem
  • Producers: Sergio Bambaren
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00475B0H6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dolphin The Story of a Dreamer is a tale of the value of following one's dream against impossible odds and in a way this is a metaphor for what 20th Century Fox was attempting to do with this film. The dream in this case, of course, was to show Pixar and DreamWorks that investing hundreds of millions in creating original computer-generated feature films is a waste of time and money when all a company has to do is import a foreign CG work, slap a little English vocal track in, and collect the profits. As such the end result here has more in common with nightmares than it does dreams; particularly for the consumer who dropped good money on this sinker.

Based on Sergio Bambaren's 1996 children's novel, Dolphin is a story about a porpoise without a purpose: A young dolphin named Daniel Alexander Dolphin finds himself in a pod of oppressive non-dreamer lagoon dwelling dolphins. Everything changes one day when a manta ray enters the lagoon to tell Daniel that he is destined for greatness.

Ignoring this encounter, the "voice of the sea" is forced to intervene by actually telling Daniel that he will be the one to return dreams to all the creatures of the ocean. How will he accomplish such a lofty ambition you ask? Well apparently he will "surf the ultimate wave on the day the sun doesn't do what it normally does". If that sounds a bit suspect to you, rest assured that is a beautifully accurate summation of all that is this film.

To cut to the chase, Daniel leaves his pod and safe life in the lagoon behind to... Find this ultimate wave? It's never made clear what in the world he is trying to accomplish.
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By Olga Lee on September 13, 2011
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This is absolutely awful. I could not follow the story line (if there is such one). There is no connection between the scenes in the movie. Characters appear and go all over without having any reason to do so. The animation is terrible. This is probably the worst children's animated movies I have ever seen.
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Okay, be warned. The villian in this cartoon is quite frightening to say the least. He is down right ugly. The graphics/animation sucks. I was looking for an alternative to Nemo (daughter watches like everyday) and this was not it! Will be selling this one to McKay's for sure!
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My friends and I like to watch really bad movies for the fun of it. This one was soooo bad that we (literally) turned it off at about the 20 minute mark and finished it 2 days later. This movie has it all: horrible dialogue, atrocious animation, stupid fart jokes, random/unrelated scenes, WORSE song ever, and (being targeted to kids) it's absolutely a movie to avoid showing your children. It has scary sequences, inappropriate scenes like eating coins, and downright idiotic jokes and pranks that even made me cringe. Watch this movie if you're looking for a laugh with a couple of friends but do not... DO NOT let your children watch this garbage.
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Entertainment Value for Intended Audience: My daughter watched this film repeatedly each day for several weeks when she was 4. It drove me crazy. If it drives you crazy, be less lazy than me and take your kid to a park. She still watches and enjoys it on occassion at the age of 6. But my friend, the 42 year old arthouse movie fan was disappointed by its total lack of family reunion dinner scenes set in Europe. Be warned.

Animation: Yes, not everyone has access to a $100 million plus budget like Pixar or Disney. Who'd a thunk? I grew up on Spiderman cartoons where static pictures were slid across the screen, and clips were reused repeatedly on every episode. I think you could condense 13 episodes of that series into 3 if you edited them to show each piece of animation only once. Did I care? Heck, no. And at least it wasn't that Eskimo cartoon where they use human lips instead of animation either. The animation in Dolphin is serviceable, and kids the age it is made for won't care. Or if they do, they're way too cynical for their age. Shame shame. Frankly the weird animation sort of fits the weird storyline.

Story: Remember those weird cartoons and kids shows you grew up on? Puff the Magic Dragon? That surreal Raggedy Anne and Andy cartoon with the floppy blue donkey? The Magic Railroad? Dr Snuggles? Anything with the name Krofft attached? Re-edited imported Japanese cartoons? They were like bad trips half the time. And they never insulted your intelligence. Remember all the scary themes they had? Well, to quote Maurice Sendak: "I remember my own childhood vividly...I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them" That's something sorely lacking with kids programming these days, much as I love Yo Gabba Gabba.
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I watched this with my toddler. I didn't prewatch it like I usually do, because it looked so childish. It was a mistake. Here's why I hate this film:

Scary
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All of the dolphins in this film have sharp teeth and the camera tends to work in a frightening angle to show off the teeth. Although even the protagonist is a bit frightening, he's a happy elf compared to the demonicly wretched evil dolphin. He's dark, his "brow" is angled deeply and his teeth are always present.

Bad Rendering
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This looks like a single-pass pre-render. The water doesn't interact with the characters, the skies look like fake Bryce skies (Bryce is a 3D animation/picture-making tool used by amateurs Bryce 5).

Bad Animation
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The camera angles often look like they were accidentally placed. And the animation of the characters looks unnatural (except, for the most part, their swimming).

Story Didn't Grab Me
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I admit, I only got 15 or 20 minutes in before I turned it off. My toddler was in shock -- and I was too, a bit. But after those 15-20 minutes of watching, there was no story worth finishing.
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