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H2G2 - The Other Dolphins by Akril15 H2G2 - The Other Dolphins by Akril15
More Hitchhiker’s fan art…am I the only one who noticed that the film’s opening showed nothing but bottlenose dolphins? There are more than 20 different species of dolphins, and yet only one is represented in the film…does this count as speciesism?

It isn’t the bottlenose dolphins that “left the Earth by their own means”, it’s the dolphins. Was the movie’s budget so small that they couldn’t even slap a different color map onto some of those CG dolphins in that final leap that they all take??

Yeesh…so anyway, here’s a few of the many species that weren’t represented who have managed to watch the film. Counterclockwise from the bottom: Risso’s dolphin, common dolphin, hourglass dolphin, spotted dolphin, southern rightwhale dolphin and Amazon river dolphin (or Boutu, though it doesn’t look much like one). Since a couple of these dolphins live in waters not even close to Europe, it doesn’t seem accurate to have them “speak” in the British vernacular (with the exception of the Boutu), but it just seems to fit. How is the southern rightwhale dolphin communicating with the Boutu? Telepathy. Why not?

As long as we’re pretty close to the subject, if my mental response to that little song played in the H2G2 movie intro could be put to words, it would be nearly identical to Fred Newman’s last line as The Tookah in the “Four Tentacles and a Red Fez” episode of Ruby.
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Hourglass-Dolphin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
AWESOME! Bottle-nose dolphins are also incredibly endangered, so it's horrible they're the ONLY species people want to keep in captivity. :(
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Nekoai-kun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I think each type of Dolphins had their own exit strategy, all bottlenoses met in one area, and others met elsewhere.

As for casting the musical number, they couldn't convince the other dolphins to join in, but because of Flipper's agent we got the bottlenose. : D
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, it's so true. When people hear the word "dolphin" they usually they of bottlenose, just like people think of sperm whales when we hear the word "whale".

Though don't forget the orca, another popular dolphin species.
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kecen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
I must wonder about the river dolphins.*whistles*
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KalahariMeerkat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Oh yeah I forgot to add Killer whales/orcas are actually dolphins not true whales.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
I think bottlenoses were the only dolphins mentioned -- even after the end of the world, they're the only dolphins that get attention -- bah!

And mjangelvortex mentioned that orcas are dolphins a few comments up.
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KalahariMeerkat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
They're mintioned in Titan A.E. too. Speficaly bottled nose.
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Susa-the-insane Featured By Owner May 5, 2006
Am I the only one who notices a certain lack of baji dolphin, or the yangtzee river dolphin..? 'cos it had a whole chapter in last chance to see, and that was a dna book and I'm talking no sense so I'll shut up.

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Awesome picture!
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Akril15 Featured By Owner May 5, 2006
I haven't read Last Chance to See. That would have been an appropriate species to include instead of the one I chose.
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Susa-the-insane Featured By Owner May 6, 2006
you should, it's really awesome! But those you did were awesome too
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Cloudstrife676 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
so long so long so long and thanks for all the fish. The movie was pretty crap really. Except for that opening scene. That was just hilarious!
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Monsoni Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
Ha ha ha! That's freakin' hilarious! But it's true. I mean, there's like over 30 species of dolphin on this little planet, and only one gets publicized?!
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
Amazingly, there was a new species of dolphin discovered two months after the movie came out...that makes 40 species now.
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mjangelvortex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2005
Thank you!
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
Thanks a lot for commenting!

Hmm...I never knew that orcas were dolphins. It makes sense that their other name, "killer whale", is a misnomer.

As you probably already know, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is based on the novel of the same title by Douglas Adams (which, in turn, is based on the radio series of the same name). I thought it was good, but lacking in some areas. Here's a link to a site with some general info and a few links - [link] The movie should be be on video and DVD this fall.
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mjangelvortex Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
Bruce: Fish are friends; not food.
Anchor: 'Cept stinkin' dolphins!!
Chum: DOLPHINS?!! ...YEAH...they think they're so-o-o CUTE!! "...O look at me! I'm a flippin' little dolphin...let me flip for you...huh are-aren't I something?"

(Finding Nemo quote...those sharks are jeolous!)
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mjangelvortex Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
This is funny. I love dolphins. They're right in a way...(speciesist!)...bottlenose dolphins always get the attention. (You got to admit that they're cute though!)I loved how you put a whole bunch of dolphin species into one pic.

(It would have been just as cute if you put an Orca in it...I don't know...they are my favorite dolphin. ) (Yes...Killer Whales are dolphins. They have teeth and high intelligence and only one blowhole...not 2 like a whale.)

I like the fact that you made the dophins speak to each other through telekenisis...for one scientists believe that dolphins are smarter than the average man and second...they use sonar.

I don't know why this pic doesn't have many faves and doesn't have anyone replying to it. But I like it. I like the shades of blue that you used in here, and that each dolphin had a dialect, and everything I listed above.

P.S. I've never heard about that film. Can you tell me more about it or give me a link. I might consider watching it.
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