From 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' to 'Blackfish,' there are great whales in movies

From 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' to 'Blackfish,' there are great whales in movies ...

The new Disney+ version of Pinocchio has taken some creative liberty in contrast to the 1940 original, not the least of which is transforming Monstro from a large whale to a sea monster. What's most intriguing about whales on film is how wide the animal is shown in films.

Big Miracle (2012)

Big Miracle, a documentary about Operation Breakthrough, which focuses on three gray whales trapped in ice off of Alaska, has no better representation of the world's appeal than it does. It's an inspiring true story that only works because to international support for whales.

Blackfish (2013)

Blackfish is a powerful documentary on whales in captivity, but it's also a real-life example of how one film can transform the world. Tilikum is a captive orca at SeaWorld that was involved in the killing of three people, including Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer, while also highlighting the SeaWorld's practices.

Free Willy (1993)

Jesse, a 12-year-old orphan who was discovered vandalizing an orca observation area at Northwest Adventure Park, has to clean up the damage. Over time, he develops a close bond with Willy, a killer whale taken from his family, which allows Jesse to teach Willy tricks. When Dial (Michael Ironside), the owner of the park, chooses a different plan that would result in the "accident" death of Willy.

Namu, the Killer Whale (1966)

Namu, a female orca, remains and mourns in the cove where her body washed up on shore, despite Hank Donner's efforts to find her apprehension. An encounter with one of the local boys, who caused Namu great suffering, forces Donner to prove that Namu is friendly.

Orca (1977)

Captain Nolan (Richard Harris) misidentifies and kills a pregnant female orca, and lets just say her mate is a little grumpy about it. The orca is now out for revenge, sinking fishing boats, breaking fuel lines, and killing the captain and his crew one at a time, and it should have been prevented from being made.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Star Trek IV is regarded as one of the finest and most enjoyable Star Trek franchise films. Only one issue - the arrival of a massive cylinder of unknown origin, sending out a signal beyond translation and disabling power, has prompted Starfleet Command to issue a directive for all spacecraft to avoid Earth. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) discovers that the song of humpback whales is in fact a signal from 2286.

Whale Rider (2002)

Paikea, the only living child in the Maori people of Whangara, was able to flee to safety off the coast of the island a thousand years ago. Pai is the next leader, although she is a girl, much to the chagrin of the current leader, Koro (Rawiri Paratene).

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)

The filmmakers of the popular Christian kid's series VeggieTales tackle the biblical story of Jonah and the whale. Shockingly, Jonah runs away, and is soon visited by angels, who promise that if Jonah repents, God will grant him a second chance.

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

In the Heart of the Sea, a tale about a New England whaling ship, Essex, which was inspired by Herman Melville's timeless classic, Moby Dick. The survivors save three harpoon boats, which they get stuck on for weeks until the demon whale attacks them again, killing several more. The price they paid for their lives, including cannibalism, remains to this day.

Finding Dory (2016)

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) forgets her ability to speak whale in her film Finding Dory, which is based on a near-sighted whale shark, who reunites with Bailey (Ty Burrell) on a trip to Cleveland. However, Destiny and Bailey escape and help Dory, Marlin (Albert Brooks), Nemo (Hayden Rolence), and her new friend Hank (Ed O'Neill) free them from their traps (in