Everyone’s favorite dolphin, Winter, is back with another inspirational story of friendship, love, and new beginnings in Charles Martin Smith’s Dolphin Tale 2.
Time to bring out the tissue boxes and gather the tears because Panama’s death starts to take a toll on Winter as she begins to isolate herself, refuse her prosthetic tail, and attack her caregiver, Sawyer (Nathan Gamble).
At the same time, the founder of the Clearwater Marine Hospital, Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.), is placed in a compromising situation as he has to choose between transferring Winter to another hospital or pairing her with another dolphin right away because it is illegal to keep sea mammals isolated. However, it is not easy to pair dolphins because there’s a risk of non-compatibility. After all, dolphins maintain friends and enemies just like humans. This is when the beauty of friendship unfolds as Winter meet Hope, a baby dolphin abandoned by her mother.
But do Winter and Hope get along and avoid the transfer order? Or do they end up against each other, causing Winter to be sent away forever…?
Dolphin Tale 2 also stars Cozi Zuehlsdorff and acclaimed veterans Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristoffferson, Ashley Judd and a little help from surfboarder, Bethany Hamilton.
Here’s the breakdown:
Drama: In abundance! The drama is nowhere close to borderline cheesy but rather is inspiring and refreshing for all ages. The drama even adds to the realism and inspirational impact.
Comedy: Subtle, but just the right amount. The relationship between Rufus the pelican, and Mavis the Turtle was a comedic show on its own.
Heartwarming: Dolphin Tale 2 does not disappoint when it comes to heartwarming moments! From the relationship between Rufus and Mavis, Winter and Hope, and Sawyer and Hazel, you’re guaranteed to say “aww” at least five times, with occasional tears here and there.
Faze sits down with Dolphin Tale 2 stars Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff
Faze caught up with the stars of the movie, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff, who play best friends Sawyer Nelson and Hazel Haskett, to get the deets about their experiences with working with the dolphins, their thoughts on their film, and how the film impacted them personally.
Faze: Was this your first time working with animals?
Cozi: I did a theatre production with Todo, who was a dog, but other than that this was my first time on film.
Nathan: I did Marley and Me, so I got to work with all kinds of dogs.
What was your reaction when you first saw Dolphin Tale 1 and 2?
N: You definitely get nervous right before because you’re conscious about the way you looked or acted.
C: there are always little scenes that you are worried about.
N: Afterwards, I think I was more proud when I found out the response that I got. The CEO of the aquarium got over 10000 emails on the first week of when the film premiered, from families telling him how inspired they were.
You both have made a huge name for yourselves at such a young age through working on huge productions, how was the filming experience of Dolphin Tale different from anything you guys have done in the past?
C: That was my first movie ever. It was much more different experience than working on a stage production.
N: There was the real life element to it that made everyone focus a little more and work harder because everyone wanted to really do well to the story. They wanted to convey that this happened in real life. That’s very important to the director and everyone who worked on set.
Cozi, you wrote and performed the song Brave Souls which was featured in the movie. What was that process?
C: I began writing ever since we started filming Dolphin Tale. I’ve always loved to write in general and songwriting just came naturally. When the opportunity came up, I jumped for it and it was incredible to go on that journey. I’m working on more songs that will hopefully come out in the fall in the form of an EP.
If you had the opportunity to be a part of another movie involving an animal, what animal would you choose?
N: I’ve always wanted to ride an elephant.
C: You’d have to do it on location though where it’s pretty hot, like India. We’re not in Kansas anymore. I would go with a safer animal.
This movie had a lot of deep liberating messages about life, do you feel those messages have resonated with you now and you’ve learned a lot?
N: Totally, the whole thing that Sawyer is going through is very impactful as he’s realizing that he’s growing up and he’ll have to make adult decision that life is going to change and there’s no getting around that.
C: One of the things we try to tell the people our age and younger kids as well is that sometimes you see people with disabilities and you automatically think they are different and we can’t relate to them, but really the only difference between them is that they are a little braver.
N: They’re just like us.
The movie is so emotional at did you guys every get emotional while filming the movie?
N: Cozi definitely did a lot.
C: Every time we had a kid visit from make a Wish Foundation or just someone with a terminal illness, it would really affect me.
Rapid Round With Nathan and Cozi
Q: If you were trapped on an island, what would be the one thing you would bring? A: Sunscreen
Q: Celebrity crush?
A: Andrew Garfield
Q: Would never wear?
Q: Must have in your purse?
Q: Favorite Movie?
A: Phoebe in Wonderland
Q: If you open your fridge, what would you find?
A: Ice Cream
Q: You wouldn’t be caught dead where?
A: At my house
Q: Biggest fear?
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: People (specifically female) no, I’m kidding!
Q: If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Q: Favorite singer?
Q: Dream vacation spot?