I took the Monsters to see Finding Dory on opening night and, naturally, I loved it and so did the girls. The movie has already made over 130 million in opening weekend alone, so obviously it wasn’t just us who were feeling the love. What I want to talk about in this post isn’t just how great the movie, but how great the message of the movie is.
Without spoiling much, the movie has certain scenes take place at an aquarium like facility where the message is clear: rescue, rehabilitate, and release. As a vegan mom raising two vegan little girls, I felt the movie made a very clear point that keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes is not okay. People think I am crazy when I say that I won’t bring the girls to our nearby aquarium, but I can’t align our family morals to visiting a place that only focuses on captivity and not rescue and release.
|Will Dory get that tag off her fin?|
I think Finding Dory opens up a conversation around what is right and wrong when it comes to animal based attractions. This could also be the reason Disney World is thriving while Sea World is plummeting thanks to the documentary Blackfish. Disney even uses rescue animals and endangered species only for its animal safari ride in Animal Kingdom. So, while Finding Dory rocks on almost every level, I give it two enthusiastic fins up for its positive and important message about animal captivity. Way to go Disney!