By Lisa Novick, Co-Founder, YesKidzCan!
I love going to the movies with my family. I’m a sucker for the outrageously over-sized popcorn and soda. I actually enjoy the trivia questions that pop up on the movie screen and entertain the crowd before the show starts. And, I have come to tolerate the seemingly endless line-up of previews. (No throwing popcorn at me! I know some of you LOVE the previews!)
What I sometimes have a hard time with, however, is sitting through the movies themselves. Some of the kid-oriented movies are either mind-numbing or include the untimely death of a key family member — requiring extreme parenting skills when bedtime rolls around.
So when I hear about a movie that sounds uplifting, educational, and seems like an all-around-feel-good hour and change, I get excited. Dolphin Tale (which releases September 23) seems like just the film. Based on a true story, Dolphin Tale is about a young boy who befriends Winter, an injured bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap and was rescued off the Florida coast. The boy motivates those around him to save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the missing tail. Winter not only recovers but learn to swim like all other dolphins. It’s also nice to know that select premiers of the movie will benefit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter was cared for as well as the Challenged Athletes Foundation which provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can participate in physical fitness and competitive athletics.
Three cheers for a movie with a story and messages that sound inspiring. Look for me in the ticket…and concession line!
© YesKidzCan!, 2011