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  • 'Blackfish' gives Pixar second thoughts on 'Finding Dory' plot

    'Blackfish' gives Pixar second thoughts on 'Finding Dory' plot
    “Finding Dory” may be undergoing a sea change as Pixar is taking a page from a little-seen whale documentary. The Walt Disney-owned animation studio is hard at work on "Finding Dory," a follow-up to the 2003 oceanic blockbuster "Finding...
  • Review: 'Blackfish' and the thorny captivity of a killer whale

    Review: 'Blackfish' and the thorny captivity of a killer whale
    The stirring documentary "Blackfish" vividly tracks the thorny case of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound killer whale and longtime SeaWorld Orlando attraction responsible for three deaths over the course of several decades in captivity. Director Gabriela...
  • 'Blackfish,' other animal documentaries move far beyond the cuddly

    'Blackfish,' other animal documentaries move far beyond the cuddly
    The new documentary "Blackfish" opens with footage of a killer whale and a human being beneath the water's surface. As their forms become entangled, it looks as if they are involved in some kind of struggle, and the moment grows increasingly ominous....
  • Critic's pick: 'Blackfish' makes case for leaving animals in the wild

    Critic's pick: 'Blackfish' makes case for leaving animals in the wild
    There is a kind of denial we cling to when it comes to wild creatures in captivity. As if the smiling, performing orcas of SeaWorld are content to trade freedom for fish and applause. "Blackfish," director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's excellent new...
  • Protesters target Shedd Aquarium

    Protesters target Shedd Aquarium
    A group of protesters targeted the Shedd Aquarium today as part of a campaign in about a dozen countries to ask that whales and dolphins in captivity be released. The "Empty the Tanks" campaign today targeted aquariums in at least 10 U.S. cities,...
  • Family of SeaWorld trainer killed by whale distances itself from critical documentary

    Family of SeaWorld trainer killed by whale distances itself from critical documentary
    Relatives of Chicago-area native and former SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau have weighed in on "Blackfish," issuing a statement that distances the family from the controversial documentary about the treatment of killer whales in captivity. The...
  • SeaWorld's whale trainers given additional safety equipment

    SeaWorld's whale trainers given additional safety equipment
    Whale trainers at SeaWorld Orlando started wearing safety vests at the theme park's “One Ocean” killer-whale show Monday. The air vests inflate and become buoyant when their cords are tugged, and they include a small scuba tank. The...
  • SeaWorld loses bid to put trainers back in water for killer-whale shows

    SeaWorld loses bid to put trainers back in water for killer-whale shows
    SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of...
  • 'Blackfish's' director, now its 'steward,' finds it hard to move on

    'Blackfish's' director, now its 'steward,' finds it hard to move on
    SAN DIEGO — Gabriela Cowperthwaite looked out the window of a train at the ocean and the bros surfing and the fish taco stands whizzing by. "I'm antsy," she said, shifting in her seat. She checked her cellphone, which she had largely been ignoring...
  • Blackstone chief blames Brancheau for own death, contradicting Seaworld

    Blackstone chief blames Brancheau for own death, contradicting Seaworld
    The top executive at SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.'s largest shareholder suggested that former SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau should be blamed for her own death, claiming that the veteran animal trainer broke multiple safety rules before she was...
  • SeaWorld uses newspaper ads to strike back at 'Blackfish' charges

    SeaWorld uses newspaper ads to strike back at 'Blackfish' charges
    Facing a mounting public-relations crisis, SeaWorld has finally responded to charges of animal mistreatment made in this year's documentary "Blackfish." On Friday, SeaWorld paid to publish an open letter in eight newspapers, including the Los Angeles...