The ending of Finding Dory will be changed in light of a new documentary, named Blackfish.
“The script for Finding Dory, which is still in the early stages of production ahead of its planned 2015 release, initially had an ending that involved a marine park, according to a Pixar employee,” the New York Times reported. “But as a result of the sometimes harsh Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, and the resulting publicity battle SeaWorld has had to fight, Pixar decided to restructure that part of the story so that the fish and mammals taken to its aquatic centre have the option to leave.”
Blackfish chronicles the capture and captivity of orca whales, specifically the performing whale Tilikum, who has killed several people while in captivity. The film, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has raised many questions about the ethics of keeping whales in captivity.
Finding Dory is set for release on Nov. 25th 2015.