3D isn't only for horror, animation or heavy action; now family films are putting the technology to use as well. As reported by Variety, Alcon Entertainment is working on the family-friendly 3D film Dolphin Tale and Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd are all in negotiations to star.

The flick is inspired by the true story of Winter, a dolphin that was rescued and nursed back to health at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. In the film Winter will star as herself, a dolphin who loses her tail in a crab trap. She strikes up a relationship with a little boy and eventually he rounds up a bunch of his buddies and together they convince a doctor (Freeman) to make Winter a prosthetic fin replacement so she can swim again. Judd's role will be that of the little boy's mother and Connick will play the marine biologist who rescues Winter and treats her back at his facility.

I was pretty eager to get to the part where I can poke fun at this concept for being the new Free Willy, but after reading up on Winter, I wouldn't dare. On the Clearwater website, there's a whole section devoted to her story, her progress and of course, Winter plush toys for the kiddies. Winter was only three months old when she nearly died in that crab trap. She not only lost her entire tail, but two vertebrae as well and still survived. I was picturing something along the lines of Hiccup's makeshift tail for Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon, but Winter's is so much more than that. We're talking her whole tail here.
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