The boat that captures Willy in the hole scene of the movie is called Pequod, a nod to Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick: The notorious Captain Ahab helms a whaling boat of the similar name. Coincidentally, the executive mate of the Pequod, a person named Starbuck, is the namesake of the preferred coffeehouse chain owned by means of Howard Schultz. Schultz was once additionally the landlord of the Seattle Supersonics, who Randolph helps, and was once, in reality, the person who offered the crew to a brand new town.
In Moby Dick, the Pequod has been at sea for years, to the purpose that each one 3 of its masts are replacements, and lots of portions of the craft which have been broken in motion had been changed by means of portions of the beasts the workforce has conquered. Ahab is on a venture to get revenge at the whale that took his leg, however his fervor threatens to wreck him.
Not like Captain Ahab, Jesse’s dogged quest is redemptive, now not vengeful. Neither is it as steeped in symbolism as the adventure on the center of Melville’s novel. However there’s meaning in it the entire similar: Dial, the villain of Free Willy, conjures an enemy out of an animal, and, like Ahab, maintains a single-minded vendetta that in the end prices him. Jesse, however, conjures a pal.