Unknown Facts about the 1996 movie "Flipper"

Growing up I watched this movie so many times, I even did my project on dolphins I was obsessed with them. An adolescent boy (Elijah Wood) sent to spend the summer on the Florida coast with his eccentric uncle befriends a remarkable dolphin and takes on local bad guys who pollute the sea.

Here are a few unknown facts about the film, behind screen.

  • To have his first on-screen kiss in the film, Elijah Wood was scripted. The scene was filmed, then the final movie was cut.

  • The character of Elie Wood is wearing a Smashing Pumpkins shirt in almost every scene. It's because he's a great fanatic in real life for Smashing Pumpkins.


  • Three dolphins were used for playing Flipper and supplied to the place where the movie was created by Dolphin Experiences in the Bahamas. The best course for dolphins was a routine training and shooting schedule. They were given daily days off rather than working around the movie schedule.

  • The original tv show's Flipper reportedly killed him; it is one of the unusual cases of animal suicide known.


  • With 4,5 millions of dollars the movie debuted at No. 2. In the final review, Flipper domestically earned $20 million, with a budget of $25 million.

  • While we see dead fish or fishing hook baiting, dead fish were used as a lure or as food.


  • The film showed briefly a number of animals. If he arrives on the island, Sandy is taken by a donkey cart to Porter's. A donkey and a cabbage with chickens are at the back of the cart next to it. The cart was going very slowly and its local owners were looking after the horses. When Sandy goes to Porter 's house first, he pets a lizard on top of the TV. Before filming, the lizard was cooled and eventually exposed to the island's natural world.

  • The scene was filmed with cuts and a counterfeit fin when the dolphin knocks Sandy out of the dock.

  • The Sea Turtle was followed into the filming region by its trainer and then came home to the Coral Island Aquarium. The Moray Eels were filmed by a local dive master in their natural environment. All the other invertebrate in their natural habitats have also been returning.

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