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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

March of the Pengiuns

Just saw March of the Penguins on the DVD. Some of my random observations:

  • The only thing cuter than a penguin is a baby penguin
  • Penguins apparently die all the time
  • No matter how you slice it regurgiation is gross.
  • Favorite line (said in regards to a starving penguin that isn't going to make it) '...some will close their eyes and disappear." Really? Is it some kind of magic penguin? I mean I know it's a family film but c'mon.
  • The dialogue is fairly annoying. I don't think Morgan Freeman could be any (pause for effect) more dramatic
  • I was waiting for a polar bear to drop by the whole time cause you know polar bears rule and stuff...then at the very end I remembered that penguins live at the south pole and polar bears live at the north pole. Phooey. Still that would've been pretty cool. Guess they just didn't have the budget to pull it off.
  • No surprise that the religious right latched on to the film as an example of traditional family values, conveniently overlooking the fact that penguins are monagamous for a year, and then choose a new mate each mating season....you know kinda like Bill Clinton (zip-zing!)?
  • This is a movie made for a 21-story IMAX, not for my 21-inch Sylvania
  • As a movie I didn't think M.O.P. was as compelling as I'd been lead to believe. Sure it'd be a great show to watch on the Discovery Channel, but it's not exactly a great documentary. At least it's only 80 minutes long though, that was pretty sweet.