The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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).
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
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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...but then again, it would be an even worse movie if it was accurate to the book...the book's way of expressing things is not exactly fit for movies.Published 3 months ago by Kevin
this movie sucked really bad it's scary for kids the graphics are horrible and the storyline was boring and not creative non whatsoever I had to take it off because my kids were... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cupid