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  DVD Verdict Review - The Free Willy Trilogy
When Free Willy was released theatrically in the spring of 1993, it became a surprise hit, raking in money and becoming a part of the pop culture zeitgeist, even becoming the source of all manner of bad puns and double-entendres in the opening monologues of late night talk show hosts.
Free Willy—When a benign juvenile delinquent named Jesse (Jason James Richter), abandoned by his negligent mother, is arrested for his graffiti work on a whale storage tank at a Sea World-type amusement park and sent back to clean up his mess as punishment, he forms a bond with Willy, the head-case orca inside the tank.
Willy is delicately handled, only slightly anthropomorphised (he sometimes nods or shakes his head as though he understands English perfectly), yet we still get the sense he has a unique personality (characterized in large part by anger).
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/freewillytrilogy.php   (2601 words)

 Freeing Willy: The Story of Keiko the Killer Whale - ExploreNorth
Born near Iceland in 1977 or 1978, Keiko was captured by Jon Gunnarson in 1979 and taken to Saedyrasfnid, an aquarium in Iceland.
Later called the Free Willy Keiko Foundation, in March 1999 it merged with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Institute to become Ocean Futures.
Within 4 months of the formation of the Free Willy Foundation, Reino Aventura agreed to donate Keiko to the organization, and the foundation and the Oregon Coast Aquarium partnered to build a $7.3 million pool to house him.
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 Orcas: Killer Beauties - Keiko   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Free Willy is finally launched in 1993 and becomes an instant hit in the theaters around the world.
In 1995, the amusement park, Reino Aventura, gives Keiko to the Free Willy Foundation and then they announces that Keiko will soon be moved to his new home in the United States.
Encouraged by this advances in Keiko's re-habilitation, the Free Willy Foundation, prepares to release Keiko in a Controlled Environment in the Atlantic Ocean by 1998.
www.orcaskillerbeauties.com /keiko_en.htm   (1714 words)

 Free Willy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
'''Free Willy''' is a 1993 Warner Brothers film about a boy who befriends an orca (aka a "killer whale").
But When Willy is a dud in front of the audience, the marina owner plans some bad things, and the boy and his friends must try to Free Willy.
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
free-willy.iqnaut.net   (195 words)

 Free Willy Keiko Foundation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Free Willy Keiko Foundation is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1995.
In February 1995 the park donated Keiko to the Free Willy Keiko Foundation, on the condition that the ailing whale be relocated to a new rehabilitation facility in Newport, Oregon, at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Free Willy Keiko Foundation, Keiko's owner, is a private, non-profit organization established in November 1994.
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 Free Willy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Free Willy is a 1993 Warner Brothers film about a boy who befriends an orca (killer whale).
However, when Willy is unable to perform effectively in front of the audience, the owner of the marina plans to kill Willy for the insurance money.
Free Willy (TV series) (1994), a two-season animated spin-off in which Willy and other sea creatures could talk.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_Willy   (296 words)

 Free Willy Article Archives by KeepMedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Keiko, the killer whale star of the "Free Willy" movies, is to be honoured with a stone memorial built by village children in Norway, where he died this month, local television reported.
Keiko, the orca star of the "Free Willy" movies, was quietly buried on the banks of the Norwegian fjord where he had sought refuge in an attempt to return to the wild, Norwegian officials said.
Keiko, the killer whale star of the "Free Willy" movies who spent most of his life in captivity before a massive campaign was undertaken to return him to the wild, has died in a Norwegian fjord, his handlers told AFP.
www.topix.net /movies/free-willy/keepmedia   (249 words)

 A Free Ride for Free Willy Whale
The original Free Willy movie started innocently enough, portraying the special relationship between a troubled boy and a whale.
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home portrays capitalism as the clear-cut evil tormentor of the movie, in the form of an oil tanker.
It was then that the Free Willy Foundation discovered Keiko's living conditions in Mexico City, found them to be deplorable, and used adversity and propaganda to "persuade" the Mexico City amusement park to donate him to his new home at Ocean Futures, his current owners.
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 Filmtracks: Free Willy (Basil Poledouris)
Free Willy: (Basil Poledouris) Remaining as one of Poledouris' hidden gems, Free Willy is a much better than average childrens' adventure score.
The magic of Free Willy is conveyed through Poledouris' enduring and charming title theme, performed with an unusually large sound from a Los Angeles orchestra.
Regardless of what you have heard about Free Willy in the past, it is a superior adventure score with intriguing aquatic tendencies, and I recommend it to all.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/free_willy.html   (602 words)

 Amazon.com: Free Willy: DVD: Simon Wincer,Keiko (II),Jason James Richter,Lori Petty,Jayne Atkinson,August ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Animals are born to run free, on the earth or in the sea.
Willy is the whale who was also taken from his family, so the two find common ground.
'Free Willy' is simply one of the best family films you'll ever see, one that is equally as captivating for adults as it is for children.
www.amazon.com /Free-Willy-Simon-Wincer/dp/6304698569   (1971 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Free Willy [1993]: DVD: Keiko (II),Jason James Richter,Simon Wincer,Lori Petty,Jayne Atkinson,August ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Luckily Jesse is there visiting Willy when they come to release the water from the tank and calls on the help of Randolph and his side kick who are in charge of training Willy.
They plan to take Willy to the coast, and release him back into the ocean to be with his family, however when the bosses realise, they are determined to stop them and claim back their whale.
Overall, 'Free Willy' is a really great film and after you have watched it, it really isn't hard to see why it was such a big hit with family audiences back in 1993, and has stood the test of time.
www.amazon.co.uk /Free-Willy-Keiko-II/dp/B00004CZEN   (1812 words)

 Amazon.ca: Free Willy: Video: Jason James Richter,Lori Petty,Michael Madsen,Simon Wincer,Jayne Atkinson,August ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The odd thing about Free Willy is that it's a film which makes money using a captive animal to do tricks--and it's about the evils of capturing animals to do tricks for money.
Free Willy is one of my favorite movies even though I know an orca couldn't be set free immediatly; they would have to go through rehibilitation and learning skills for survival.
Keiko, who played Willy in the movie, is now learning to survive in the wild because "Free Willy" so that is why I rate it on the top...
www.amazon.ca /Free-Willy-Jason-James-Richter/dp/0790719029   (1124 words)

 Free Willy News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Free Willy News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
Keiko, the killer whale star of "Free Willy" fame, is weighed as he's loaded into a specially made transport tank at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in September 1998.
Keiko, the star of "Free Willy" and one-time Oregon resident, died in December off the coast of Norway.
www.topix.net /movies/free-willy   (385 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Free Willy 2 [1995]: Video: Jason James Richter,Francis Capra,Dwight H. Little,Mary Kate ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Psst: don't tell anybody, but in Free Willy 2 the whale and all of his whale pals and relatives, are either computer-generated images or old-fashioned miniatures (models).
You may recall that Willy jumped the aquarium fence, so to speak, at the end of that 1993 family film, and regrouped in open seas with the pod from which he had been cruelly snatched.
This 1995 sequel again finds Willy in trouble at the hands of the civilised world, this time due to an oil slick and explosion that may very well kill him or cause him to be locked away again.
www.amazon.co.uk /Free-Willy-Dwight-H-Little/dp/B00004CRP5   (653 words)

 eBay - VHS: Free Willy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unexpectedly, Willy, the whale who inhabits the tank, takes a liking to Jesse, and the animal and child develop a bond -- a bond that also helps Jesse open up to the adults in his life, including his new parents and the whale's caretakers.
Ironically, Keiko, the whale who played Willy in the film, actually has some real-life problems similar to those dramatized in "Free Willy." He had grown too large for his tank, and his health was suffering as a consequence.
Free Willy has almost an E.T. feel to it, with a boy and a very non-human creature bonding and eventually the strength of that bond being tested when the creature's life is endangered.
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 CNN.com - Call to kill 'Free Willy' star denounced - September 4, 2002
He is arguably the world's best-known whale, given his starring role in the three "Free Willy" films released in the 1990s, as well as a brief animated series shown on television.
Keiko, the killer whale featured in the 'Free Willy' movies, delights children in Norway.
His appearance in the 1993 film "Free Willy" and later sequels helped spark a campaign to free him.
archives.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/europe/09/03/norway.whale/index.html   (771 words)

 Free Willy @ Toonarific Cartoons
Free Willy was a story of friendship, love, and ecological responsibility.
One year later, an animated Free Willy hit the airwaves with the same basic premise.
Jesse and Willy were still pals, and the teen managed to stay in touch with his big buddy by working on the research vessel Eco-Ranger II.
www.toonarific.com /show.php?show_id=1331   (200 words)

 CNN.com - 'Free Willy' whale, Keiko, dies - Dec. 13, 2003
Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, has died in Norwegian coastal waters where he remained after millions of dollars and a decade of work failed to coax him back to the open sea, his caretakers said early Saturday.
Starting in 1993, the six-ton, 35-foot-long mammal starred in three "Free Willy" movies, a heartwarming box-office franchise from Warner Brothers in which sympathetic humans help set a long-captive killer whale free.
Keepers fed him there, but he was free to roam and did, often at night.
www.cnn.com /2003/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/12/obit.keiko.ap/index.html   (636 words)

 Free Willy
Do any of us truly have free will in a universe of infinite possibilities, or do we live in a deterministic universe in which everything that happens is as certain as the movement of the stars.
It is difficult to say for sure, whether or not the universe is deterministic or indeterministic, if we have free will or are controlled by unseen forces, if accidents and disasters are unavoidable, or if through our own creativity and decisions it is possible to shape the future.
But even if the choices in life which present themselves to us are only illusions in a deterministic universe and we are secretly being controlled by benevolent behavioral scientists, or malevolent opportunists, perhaps we are better off assuming those choices are real and our future together remain uncertain.
www.cliftonunitarian.com /toddstalks/freewilly.htm   (2013 words)

 Free Willy - Uncyclopedia
Free Willy is a 1993 heartwrenching box-office franchise from Warner Brothers in which a group of teenagers help set a long-captive killer whale free while keeping the actual actor behind bars in Reino Aventura Animal Prison, Mexico City.
The runaway success of Free Willy secured the executive support for a sequel, The Hunt for Red October.
Following his bout with pneumonia, Willy finally got his wheels.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Free_Willy   (432 words)

 Free Willy - Keiko's Story
You may just know him as 'that whale from Free Willy' but in fact his real name is Keiko and he has a story to tell.
After the film is release the public lean on Warner Brothers to do something about the living conditions of Keiko after alarming reports in the media relating to his "inadequate living conditions, and chronic health problems".
Also in 1997 he is finally lesion free and weighs 9,620 pounds.
members.tripod.com /~Keikos_Home/keiko.html   (811 words)

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 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Keiko the 'Free Willy' whale dies
Keiko, the killer whale that starred in the film Free Willy, has died in Norway at the age of 27, 18 months after he was returned to the wild.
Keiko, whose name means "Lucky One" in Japanese, starred in three Free Willy films, in which a young boy befriends a killer whale and encourages him to jump over an aquarium wall to ocean freedom.
Inspired by the films, an international campaign began in 1993 to free Keiko and return him to the wild - the first orca whale to be freed in this way.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/3315519.stm   (409 words)

 Free Willy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Part of Jesse's punishment involves cleaning up the damage he caused at the park, where the new attraction is Willy, a killer whale who is being trained to do tricks.
Jesse and Willy, both stranded without families in a place where they don't fit in, develop a close emotional bond, and with Jesse's help, Willy begins to display aptitude as a performer.
Thanks to his friendship with Willy, Jesse develops a new sense of responsibility and a healthier relationship with the Greenwoods.
www.djangomusic.com /item_movie.asp?id=V++++18559&afid=DEB0040131517   (283 words)

 Willy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Willys (pronounced "willis"), the brand name used by the United States automobile company Willys-Overland Motors.
Willy Russell (born 1947), the British playwright, lyricist and composer
Willy, the pen-name of the writer Henry Gauthier-Villars (1859-1931), husband of Colette
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Willy   (349 words)

 Free Willy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He was chosen by Warners to play the part of the whale in the hit film Free Willy.
Attempts to free dolphins have been disastrous < > when he starred in the hit film Free Willy.
If Free Willy does die early < > until he was eventually bought by the Free Willy-Keiko charity.
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