Paramount was obviously fishing for lucrative family appeal when it tossed ANDRE into the 1994 summer-movie pool, but the American ticket-buyer proved to be The One That Stayed Away. Blame the bland bait, since ANDRE is a featherweight, emotionally manipulative kid-and-animal tale.
The plot heavily embellishes the true story of a friendly Maine seal who became a celebrity. It's 1962, and Harry Whitney (Keith Carradine), critter-loving harbor master of Rockport, finds an orphan seal pup and names it Andre. The Whitneys customarily take in stray animals, and Andre eagerly
joins the family, coming and going at will, accompanying Harry on scuba excursions, and fro...