It is a movie that instantly transformed 'Winter' the dolphin into a star in the eyes of kids across the globe.
"I was excited to see Winter a lot. I really wanted to see her," said Peyton Corradi from Ohio.
Sarah Cook, 9, was just as excited. "I really like dolphins and I like her story a lot."
Winter lost her tail after being caught in a crab trap line. She beat the odds with a prosthetic tail and became a role model to all.
"It makes you want to kind of get up and be able to help them too," said 10-year-old Brianne Schoeneberg.
Sarah Cook came from Michigan just to see Winter.
"I got to see winter in person and see her in real life," she said excitedly.
She spent the day as an animal trainer and met another dolphin she did not know about.
"'Hope' was really cool," she remarked.
Rescuers found Hope five years and one day later in about the same spot where Winter was found. She arrived at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on the final night of production of "Dolphin Tale."
Now she could be destined for stardom herself -- talks are underway for a sequel.
The aquarium tells FOX13 there is not a green light yet, but Winter's -- and Hope's -- young fans couldn't be more excited.
"I would say, oh my gosh, I've been with that dolphin and like touched that dolphin and did hand signals with that dolphin," added Cook.
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