The second film in the Free Willy film series, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home was released in 1995 by Warner Bros. under their Warner Bros. Family Entertainment imprint. It is a sequel to the 1993 film Free Willy.
Dwight Little helms the project with a script he co-wrote with Corey Blechman and John Mattson. Many of the original cast members are back for more action, including Jason James Richter, Jayne Atkinson, August Schellenberg, Mykelti Williamson, and Michael Madsen.
Jon Tenney and Elizabeth Pea have joined the cast as newcomers. The Free Willy Keiko Foundation came up with a plan to transfer Keiko to the Oregon Coast Aquarium for rehabilitation, as opposed to the earlier film in which Keiko played Willy, which used a robotic double made by Edge Innovations to represent the namesake whale.
Production began in April 1994 at Astoria, Oregon, and the San Juan Islands. Additional filming was done in California.
Free Willy 2 Cast
- Jesse, played by Jason James Richter
- Frank Capra as Presley
- Starring Mary Kate Schellhardt as Nadine
- Randolph Johnson, portrayed by August Schellenberg
- Glen Greenwood, played by Michael Madsen (credited as “Glenn”)
- Annie Greenwood, played by Jayne Atkinson
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- Cast as Dwight Mercer, Mykelti Williamson
- Dr. Kate Haley is played by Elizabeth Pea.
- For the role of John Milner, Jon Tenney is an excellent choice.
- To help Milner out, we’ve hired Paul Tuerpe to be his assistant.
- Wilcox, played by M. Emmet Walsh
- Commander Blake, played by John Considine
- Characterized by Steve Kahan, “Captain Nilson”
- In the role of Lieutenant Kelly, played by Neal Matarazzo
- Engineered by Al Sapienza
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- Reported by Basil Wallace
- starring Marguerite Moreau as Julie
- Scott Stuber Plays a Cop
- In her own right, Joan Lunden
Free Willy 2 Plot
Jesse rescued Willy the orca two years ago. Glen and Annie Greenwood adopted 14-year-old Jesse. They’ll camp in the San Juan Islands and visit Randolph’s new employment. Glen has tried to teach Jesse to drive Little Dipper, but Jesse prefers girls.
Dwight tells Glen and Annie that Jesse’s biological mother died in New York and left another son. Jesse is saddened after numerous failed attempts to discover her, but Glen helps him cope.
Elvis, Jesse’s half-brother, is melancholy, too chatty, mischievous, prone to lying, and easily irritates Jesse. He’s invited so the lads may meet.
Jesse reunites with Randolph at the environmental institute and falls for his goddaughter Nadine. Later that night, Jesse finds Willy. As the uncomfortable teens become closer, Jesse helps Nadine befriend Willy, Luna, and Little spot.
Elvis watches them, forms a bond with Little spot, and lies to Glen and Annie about Jesse kissing Nadine. Glen talks to Jesse, who denies it, grounding Elvis.
The Dakar runs aground on Lawson Reef and pours oil into the ocean, trapping Willy, Luna, and Little spot in a cove. Benbrook Oil CEO John Milner arrives after hearing that the orcas are imprisoned and Luna is dying from oil in her lungs after swimming through it after the tanker ran aground.
He reveals a plan to bring the whales into custody to recover from their ailments. Jesse disputes this, having Milner pledge to do anything he can to get them back to their mom, to which he agrees.
Randolph and Jesse utilize an old Indian cure to treat Luna, who recovers the next morning despite Kate Haley’s therapy.
Elvis, who went away believing Jesse is more essential after Annie broke her promise to let him help, overhears Milner and whaler Bill Wilcox discussing selling the whales to a marine mammal park and running back to camp instead of getting a ferry.
Benbrook Oil and the whalers then begin removing the whales against Jesse, Randolph, and Nadine’s protestations. Elvis comes in time to alert Jesse and the boys of Milner’s plot, leading them to knock him and his aide into the water for breaking their pledge.
Haley and the others laugh as they struggle to swim to the dock. Willy rescues his brother by tipping Wilcox’s boat with Jesse and Elvis’ help.
Jesse, Elvis, and Nadine hijack the Little Dipper to save the whales. Willy breaks the boom and leads his siblings out of the cove on Jesse’s signal. An explosion aboard the Dakar, caused by igniting fuel vapors as engineers started the generator, ignites crude oil in the ocean.
Three whales swim beneath scorching oil to safety. After following the whales to ensure they avoided the oil, the kids take Little Dipper into another cove to avoid the flaming oil, but the smoke forces Jesse to hit a rock and the boat sinks as the flames seal off the cove.
Glen and Annie, who were hunting for Elvis until they spotted him on the Little Dipper, climb onto Randolph’s boat, Natselane, to follow the kids’ journey as he sends a distress signal to summon the Coastal Marine Patrol.
Elvis and Nadine are rescued by SAR. Jesse struggles in the oily water and can’t tighten himself in the harness when the Little Dipper submerges.
He slips and falls back into the ocean just inches from the helicopter, which is obliged to leave him behind because of the smoke.
Willy saves Jesse from drowning. Willy carries Jesse under fire to the Natselane, where Glen and Annie save him. Randolph told Jesse that Willy must perform the signal, which puzzled Jesse. Jesse, Glen, and Annie bid Willy farewell before he returns home.
Coastal Marine Patrol then dropped off Nadine and Elvis. Elvis gives Jesse a taped-together photo of him and his mother.
He tells Jesse she always talked about him and regretted leaving him. Jesse thanks him for the photo and hugs him, finally acknowledging him as his brother.
Glen and Annie reunite the brothers. Jesse tells Elvis that Willy and his siblings are with their mom. After they’re free, he prays the same Haida prayer to himself.
Many of the original cast members are back for more action. Jon Tenney and Elizabeth Pea join the cast as newcomers. Production began in April 1994 at Astoria, Oregon, and the San Juan Islands.
Willy the orca was played by a robotic double made by Edge Innovations. The Dakar runs aground on Lawson Reef and pours oil into the ocean, trapping Willy, Luna, and Little spot in a cove.
Elvis watches them, forms a bond with Little spot, and lies to Glen and Annie about Jesse kissing Nadine. An explosion aboard the Dakar ignites crude oil in the ocean.
Three whales swim beneath scorching oil to safety. Jesse struggles in the oily water and can’t tighten himself in the harness. He slips and falls back into the ocean just inches from the helicopter, which is obliged to leave him behind.