The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer

2009 PG 1h 28m DVD

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The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer

2009 PG 1h 28m DVD
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A teenage dolphin with a mind of his own sets out on a quest to explore the world beyond the safety of his family's favorite lagoon in this animated film populated by quirky underwater creatures.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this atrocious CGI animated story of a young dolphin called by the sea to pursue his dreams should be avoided at all costs. For younger viewers, the "bad fish" chasing after the hero fish will surely give them nightmares with sharp pointed teeth and a mean demeanor. For children in general, the bizarre fart jokes early in the film may be immature even for them. For parents, the unpleasant characters, the trite exploration of "a hero's journey to make his dream come true," and the sub-par animation will leave them at best, bored, and at worst, angry that their kid's time was wasted watching this.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


The evil fish -- Lucius -- is scary and chases Daniel ruthlessly. In fact, most of the fish, sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and whales, will make kids uncomfortable with their sheer ugliness: razor-sharp teeth, terrifying voices, angular movements.


Early in the film, a baby dolphin makes "fart bubbles," says they are his friends and that sometimes they help him to breathe, and then he swallows the bubbles. Later, Daniel claims a place he is visiting smells like "jellyfish poop."

Social Behavior

As the voice of the sea says, "Never let fears stand in the way of your dreams." But the film is so poorly constructed, this message doesn't come through clearly.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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