Luna’s saga: Tale of beloved orca premieres

by Tim Flanagan on September 9, 2011

John Hartl has this movie review of "The Whale" in the Seattle Times:

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Movie review 3 stars

What’s the difference between a Spielbergian E.T. and a young orca who loses his family in Puget Sound and just wants to find his way home?

Not much, look claim the creators of a charming Canadian documentary, "The Whale," which follows a male orca, Luna, as he gradually turns receptive humans into substitutes for family. In footage the filmmakers shot over several years, Luna behaves like an especially aggressive "problem kid."

He’s also so adorable that few can resist his invitations to cavort in the water, using sticks and hoses and other playthings as he approaches several boats. While he may have plenty to eat, he’s always hungry for connection and affection.

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This unsigned story appears in the Tacoma News Tribune:

[MOUNTAINSIDE FILMS image: The documentary “The Whale” tells the story of Luna, a baby orca separated from his pod that seeks companionship from humans along Nootka Sound.]

The young male orca near Vancouver Island seemed too friendly to ever be called a killer whale, swimming his way into the hearts of millions in the early 2000s.

Today, a documentary about Luna opens at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema.

“The Whale” is premiering in Tacoma and Seattle theaters before its national run. Producer and co-director Suzanne Chisholm said the decision to open in Tacoma was “because, in many ways, this is the home neighborhood of the little orca at the heart of the story.”

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