“Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove” DVD Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
March 22, 2010

My boys love watching the “Free Willy” movies and I enjoy watching them as well!  Warner Bros. is excited to release a new “Free Willy” movie today, March 23rd on DVD and Blu-ray – “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.”  It’s a cute movie that is enjoyable for the whole family to watch!  I love Beau Bridges in this movie, as well as the young female star of the movie, Bindi Irwin.  I’m glad we had the opportunity to review “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove” on DVD!

You can check out an Online Free Willy Kit for fun things to do with your kids surrounding Free Willy.


Fans of the Free Willy series will cheer this exciting family film about a baby orca who needs a friend and a girl who finds the courage to help him. After young Kirra (Bindi Irwin) leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa, she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather’s rundown seaside amusement park. She names the lonely whale Willy – and embarks on a quest to lead the little guy back to his anxious pod before her grandfather’s greedy rival turns Willy into a captive, moneymaking attraction at his slick theme park. A little girl, a little orca and big, big fun and adventure!  Check out “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove” today! 


I enjoyed this movie and feel like it was a family friendly movie.  It followed a similar storyline to the other movies in the “Free Willy” series with a twist that made it unique.  Beau Bridges and Bindi Irwin did a great job in this movie.  I look forward to seeing the next movie in the “Free Willy” series.


1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win this fantastic “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove” Giveaway Package:

(1)     Copy of the film (DVD)
(1)     Free Willy t-shirt (XL-youth)
(1)     Free Willy Visor
(1)     Free Willy Pirate hat
(1)     Free Willy Activity booklet
(1)     Free Willy Bookmarks
(1)     Free Willy temporary tattoos
(1)     Free Willy stickers
(1)     Free Willy poster

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– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I received a copy of “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove” on DVD from Warner Bros. to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

315 Responses to ““Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove” DVD Giveaway”

  1. jenn says:

    after hearing that 2 zebras died at our city zoo my daughter was upset about having animals in captivity and this movie series addresses just that. way to go Free Willy

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    I like the spirit of empowerment – the children have strength and power to change things for the better.

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  10. Terri L says:

    They are family-friendly movies

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  13. Krystal says:

    i love movies that we can all watch as a family, like the free willy movies. Plus anything that involves kids + nature is good in my book!


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    I like that the movies are wholesome and we can watch them with our children.

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  22. Jackie says:

    I love the orcas. I find it so fascinating that they are so intelligent. I think the themes and stories of the movies are great for the entire family. Thanks!
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  25. Susan Heim says:

    I have two teenagers who loved the “Free Willy” movies as a kid. We had them all! Now, I would love to introduce my six-year-old twins to “Free Willy.” This new movie sounds great. And I’d be interested to see how Bindi Irwin (the late Crocodile Hunter’s daughter) does in the movie.

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    I love that it shows a connection between people and animals

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  46. Kathy Scott says:

    I like that you get to see a little bit of nature.

  47. Adrienne Gordon says:

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  48. Heather McD says:

    I love that you never have to worry about them because they are always family friendly and it teaches a bit about nature and wildlife

  49. violet says:

    I love the way you can fall in love with the whale over and over again!

  50. Stephanie E. says:

    When I was a little girl I used to love Orca whales… They were (and still are) my favorite animal. I used to want to work at Sea World with them. I had my entire room decked out with Orca whale stuffed animals…even an Orca whale light switch! The movie Free Willy has always been a favorite of mine… and I have since passed that down to my 6 year old son!

  51. Rachel C says:

    I’d love to check out this movie b/c my kids like anything with animals in it. I like that the movie would get kids thinking about being good to animals.

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    I love any movies about animals.

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  65. Janel C says:

    My son LOVES free willy. He started watching it before the trailers and such for FW3 came out so he’s a “true” fan if you will! haha. Anyways, I love that it gets him excited about animals and making friends in different ways than you might traditionally think.

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  71. Jaque says:

    I love that the Free Willy movies are so family friendly, they teach through entertainment.

    Thank you. 🙂

  72. Karil Whetstone says:

    love bindi she’s cute and intelligent

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  78. Cindy Merrill says:

    Teaching children to respect nature is essential. A child that loves animals is far less likely to be aggressive or abusive toward others. I would like to win this for my 7 year old grandson.

  79. Belinda says:

    You get to learn about nature in these movies. Thanks!

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    i like the love for animals

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  84. Soha Molina says:

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  90. Susan C says:

    I love the Free Willy movies because I watched them with my children and now I can watch them with my grandchilren-they are timeless!
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  92. Kelly Ann T. says:

    These family friendly movies show how people can work together to change another creature’s life for the better.

  93. Corey Nieman says:

    I LOVE the Free Willy series. I love how there is a connection between man and animal and they learn more about themselves through each other!

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  95. Heather S says:

    I love that kids learn about nature and how to treat animals..that they need to be free

  96. Brandy Corona says:

    i love the message about treating animals right. it will hopefully stay with my daughter throughout life like it did with me!

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    great family entertaiment

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    I like family friendly movies-thank you!

  104. Anita says:

    One thing I love about the Free Willy movies is seeing the whales. 🙂 The sea/ocean fascinates me!
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  110. Vickie Couturier says:

    I love the fact that a kid can get so involved with a animal,an fight for the right of that animal,my grandsons would love to see this


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    I love that the whale always gets to be free. Thanks for the chance.

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    they are good family shows

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  120. Angela J says:

    It’s a family favorite

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    I love the messages they inpart to us adults and children. To believe in the rights of animals is very important.

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  127. Jennifer says:

    I love the original movie because of the sea life and the music

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  132. Emily Roesly says:

    Aside from the fact that the stories are always heart warming, my husband’s name is William and we have a great time teasing him. My brother in law calls him “Willie” all the time!

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    I love how in the free willy movies they care about the well being of the whale. A true friend and animal lover. Follow on twitter and tweeted @jill9921

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  137. I’ve always loved Killer Whales, so that’s one of the things I loved about Free Willy.

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    i love that they are wholesome so i can enjoy them with my kids

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  152. Sandy Miresse says:

    I loved the first one … where the ‘bad’ boy became the good guy. My grandsons are into ORCA’s totally and are mesmerized by the movies.

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  170. Jenn S. says:

    I love the cleanness of the movie, the happy ending and the whales.

  171. Debbie Stanton says:

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  178. Alicia says:

    When I was a kid I watched Free Willy over and over just so I could check out Joshua Jackson, now I think it is great because it spreads a good message about the treatment of animals.

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  183. Mia J. says:

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  199. REBECCA says:

    I love that they are movies the whole family can watch and enjoy together

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    I love that the Free Willy films are great for kids of all ages

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  212. Robin says:

    I love that they are movies that the whole family can enjoy together

  213. Steph says:

    My favorite things are that its a family friendly movie and it’s about animals. My kids love animal movies so this one is right up their alley.

  214. Shawn says:

    I like that they are something the whole family can watch together.


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  221. kristy says:

    I love that they are so family friendly

  222. katiea says:

    I love that these movies are inspirational to kids as it shows what they have the potential to do.

  223. damon says:

    I love that this series is family friendly.

  224. Jammie says:

    I am a big fan of dolphins and whales. I remember watching free willy when I was growing up. I was always amazed with how passionate the children were about the mammals. Would love to share with my daughter.

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  229. Amanda S. says:

    I love that they teach a good lesson to kids about protecting wildlife.

  230. christy says:

    They are good wholesome movies the entire family can watch.

  231. Erica C. says:

    I mainly like that the movies show the kids about respecting others, especially animals.

  232. Angela Winesburg says:

    I love that they are entertaining for the whole family, thanks!

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  235. Melissa B. says:

    It’s a good, wholesome movie the whole family can enjoy.

  236. susan says:

    it is great for kids, that is what I love, and my daughter loves to watch it.

  237. Amy Delong says:

    I like the story,the boy and the whale it is great for the kids!


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  242. Janel C says:

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  243. Terri L says:

    I love whales so I love all of the Free Willy movies so far!

  244. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like the uplifting feeling that these movies give!

  245. a good wholesome movie for the kids to see

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  248. Maja Meza says:

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  252. Melanie says:

    They always make me tear up at the end!

  253. Beverly Metcalf says:

    These are nice family movies. Thanks for having the contest!

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  255. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Good and clean family entertainment

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  259. Sand says:

    I like that they teach you about overcoming obstacles.

  260. Veronica Garrett says:

    I like that the movies show animals in a positive light for children and sparks their interest in animals.

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