4 January 2012 5:19 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As a refreshing departure from the snarky, shrill and soulless time wasters passing for children’s entertainment these days, this wholesome, fact-based drama works perfectly well. It captures some of the innocence and warmth that characterized ’60s-era Disney fare, as well as the blandness and exceedingly high cheese factor.

What initially steered me away from this picture was its awful marketing campaign, which made the film seem as if it were a retread of the “Blind Side” formula: sunny white family helps transform a damaged creature into an inspirational beacon. It’s a sad fact that the titular animal in “Dolphin Tale” has more personality than Michael Oher in “The Blind Side,” which surely stands as one of the worst films ever to be nominated for Best Picture.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

Yet while “The Blind Side” was a smugly self-aggrandizing bore celebrating the tolerance of a Southern conservative mamma grizzly, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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