Since its 2013 release, the documentary "Blackfish" has inspired the public to take another look at SeaWorld's treatment of its captive orcas, and has provoked criticism from everything about orca lifespans to the way the park separates mother orcas from their babies. With lawsuit after lawsuit and plummeting park attendance, SeaWorld has struggled to recover its public image since "Blackfish."
In fact, it was this documentary that inspired the anti-captivity message in "Finding Dory." According to the New York Times, filmmakers pushed back the movie's release date in order to rewrite the script in light of the groundbreaking documentary.
The movie is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016, and by the sounds of DeGeneres' comments, it should be a memorable film for thoughtful children and adults alike.