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Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

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Two unlikely friends -- a boy and a killer whale -- are reunited under potentially dangerous circumstances in this sequel to the successful family adventure Free Willy. Jesse Jason James Richter has finally found stability and contentment with his foster parents Glen and Annie Greenwood Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson, but he is confronted with a new emotional challenge when his birth mother a drug addict who abandoned him when he was young dies, and his troubled half brother Elvis Francis Capra comes to live ...
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Overview

Two unlikely friends -- a boy and a killer whale -- are reunited under potentially dangerous circumstances in this sequel to the successful family adventure Free Willy. Jesse Jason James Richter has finally found stability and contentment with his foster parents Glen and Annie Greenwood Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson, but he is confronted with a new emotional challenge when his birth mother a drug addict who abandoned him when he was young dies, and his troubled half brother Elvis Francis Capra comes to live with the Greenwoods. Jesse also deals with new feelings when he develops a serious crush on Nadine Mary Kate Schellhardt, the goddaughter of Randolph August Schellenberg, an animal trainer at the theme park where Jesse helps out. But a much bigger problem is on the horizon when the safety of Willy, the killer whale he befriended and helped return to the wild, is threatened. An oil spill spoils the ocean environment where Willy and his family now live, and an unscrupulous owner of an oceanarium, Wilcox M. Emmet Walsh, attempts to capture Willie and put him back into captivity as a performing attraction. While Free Willy featured Keiko, a trained whale who ironically was living in captivity when the film was shot, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home instead utilized mechanical models and digital animation to bring "Willy" to life.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Jesse (Jason James Richter) and Willy, a boy and his whale, are making waves again! This exciting sequel to the 1993 surprise box office hit ups the emotional ante and heightens the peril for these two best friends. Former delinquent Jesse's now-happy life with his foster parents is upended by the arrival of Elvis (Francis Capra), a brother he did not know he had, who is a real handful. Meanwhile, Willy has been reunited with his family (all computer-generated this time around), who face renewed threats of an oil spill and capture. A subplot involving Jesse's first crush raises the "ick" factor, but those who thrilled to the heartwarming first film will be eager to take the plunge again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/1999
  • UPC: 012569647732
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason James Richter Jesse
August Schellenberg Randolph Johnson
Michael Madsen Glen Greenwood
Jayne Atkinson Annie Greenwood
Mary Kate Schellhardt Nadine
Francis Capra Elvis
Mykelti Williamson Dwight Mercer
Elizabeth Peña Dr. Kate Haley
Jon Tenney John Milner
Paul Tuerpé Milner's Assistant
M. Emmet Walsh Wilcox
John Considine Commander Blake
Stephen Kahan Captain Nilson
Al Sapienza Engineer
Julie Inouye Reporter
Basil Wallace Reporter
Doug Ballard Veterinarian
June Christopher Veterinarian
Marguerite Moreau Julie
Edward J. Rosen Environmental Man
John Harms Protester
Susan Brooks Protester
Jeff Brooks Protester
Joan Lunden Herself
Wally Dalton Engineer
Technical Credits
Dwight H. Little Director
Michael J. McAlister Director
Jon G. Belyeu Special Effects
Corey Blechman Screenwriter
Gregory W.M. Bolton Art Director
Richard Donner Executive Producer, Producer
Sherry Fadely Associate Producer
Lynda Gordon Casting
Casey Hallenbeck Set Decoration/Design
Gary Holt Cinematographer
Rob Janiger Musical Direction/Supervision
Karen Janszen Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
John Mattson Screenwriter
Doug Merrifield Associate Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer, Songwriter
Dallas Puett Editor
Robert Brown Editor
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
Richard Solomon Co-producer
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Judy Taylor Casting
Jennie Lew Tugend Producer
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director, Executive Producer
Pamela Westmore Makeup
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