4:50 pm EST, August 9, 2013

‘Finding Dory’ ending changed in light of ‘Blackfish’/SeaWorld controversy

A Pixar employee has informed The New York Times that the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory’s ending has changed in light of a recent controversy.

Warning: Light spoilers ahead concerning how Finding Dory ends.

The documentary Blackfish, which exposed the inner workings of SeaWorld and their improper treatment towards sea creatures, has inspired Pixar to make one key adjustment in their 2015 fish follow-up.

At the end of the film we will see creatures placed into a marine park where – we presume – they will start their happily ever after. The New York Times says that Pixar changed the rule of the marine park following a viewing of Blackfish so that “fish and mammals taken to its aquatic center have the option to leave.”

This, of course, is unlike real life where animals do not have the option to leave a park they’re placed in. Pixar seems to be adding the option so that viewers can rest easy knowing that if the characters do not like their surroundings, they are free to go live their life elsewhere.

While a nice gesture by Pixar, it won’t be able to influence how parks across the world treat their animals.

Details surrounding the plot of Finding Dory are still quite unknown. We only know the general premise: Dory searches for her real family. The film opens in theaters November 2015.

At the D23 Expo today, Pixar announced several actors who are set to play Dory’s parents.

Thanks, New York Times.

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