Have you ever wanted to help make the world a better place? Have you wanted to have the power to do so?
Have you ever wanted to help make the world a better place? Have you wanted to have the power to do so? In "Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove," the main character Kirra Cooper (Bindi Irwin), shows how kids do have the power to help animals and the world. When Kirra's dad in Australia got injured, she had to visit Cape Town, South Africa under the care of her grandfather (Beau Bridges). After a storm in the ocean, a young orca, whom Kirra named Willy, got trapped in a lagoon. Eventually, her grandfather found him and used him as an attraction for his amusement park. Yet Kirra knew this could be harmful for Willy. She and her new friend, Sifiso, helped teach him his echolocation skills and fought to get him back to the ocean where he belonged.
"Kirra was really someone who wouldn't take 'no' for an answer," Bindi said when I sat down to talk to her on March 18th. Kirra really wanted to save this orca. Currently, like Kirra, Bindi is trying to save wildlife at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from being strip-mined. Strip-mining is a process of mining that can ruin the whole habitat it surrounds; therefore, affecting animals' environment. You can go to www.australiazoo.com to help and sign the petition. You don't have to save an orca to make a difference; all the little things can help marine life. Bindi's advice is to go to your local aquarium and learn about all the different species, turn off your water when you brush your teeth, turn your lights off when you don't need them, always recycle, and don't litter.
"Really simple ways like that can really help the whole world-including the ocean," she remarked with her lovely Australian accent. "People also use wildlife to make boots, bags, and belts. We really believe that when the buying of wildlife products stops, the killing can, too. We really want to say to everyone out there, don't buy animal products."
One of Bindi's favorite parts of filming the movie was when she ate what she thought to be vanilla ice cream. "I had to eat this vanilla ice cream. So I get my vanilla ice cream, I'm about to eat it, and I realize it's mashed potato." Bindi also mentioned that filming as a fictional character and doing documentaries are very different. One part where she had to act as Kirra and not herself was when she had to get really mad. Since Bindi is always very cordial and amiable, her mom said she had never seen her that mad before.
Although she is a wildlife and movie star, she seems like any other eleven year old. "I love reading-it opens up whole, new, different worlds. I also love surfing and horseback riding."
"Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove," directed by Will Geiger, is a movie for all ages. It's rated PG and has a length of 101 minutes. "I really hope everyone enjoys this movie," Bindi desires, "I think the message of kid-empowerment is so important and all kids should have a voice."