So we got the movie Happy Feet from my uncle and Rowan wanted me to put it in. I knew nothing about it, so when the singing started, I was a little taken aback. And penguins named “Memphis” and “Norma Jean”? And then a cutesy penguin chick–ick. Too saccharine. Plus Robin Williams plays two characters, and frankly, I don’t know how he went from funny to annoying, but he was definitely obnoxiously annoying in this movie. So for the beginning of it, I thought, This is parenthood, watching crappy kid movies.
Yet I found myself crying during the end. It’s sad, the main character gets caught and put into a zoo. But then he manages to communicate with a little girl by tap dancing. Okay, so the tap dancing part is a little silly, but there was something so sad about him seeing these vague watery faces of humans, coming and going, behind the glass. The movie has a happy ending–leaders of the world decide to stop overfishing and everything ends up happy in the end. I wish we could be so smart in real life.
They also did a couple of cut scenes where they zoomed out to show planet Earth in space. The image of Earth in space usually makes me tear up anyway. There is something so vulnerable about us, all trapped together on this one planet, in the vast silence of space. And in the movie, the main penguin character keeps trying to tell his people about these aliens–they’re the ones that have the caused the fish to disappear, and they put strange objects on the birds and penguins–but no one can understand what it means. Of course, it makes me wonder too–if there were higher sentient beings than us, would we be even able to recognize them? Or would just weird stuff happen that no one could explain? And there’s plenty of that already going around.