A couple of days ago, we watched Happy Feet, the movie we thought was all about dancing penguins. I'll spare you the details of our discussion about the actual story of the movie. (Way to hijack a cute little movie with a social statement...not what we were looking for in the flick...but I digress. The promos just showed the fun and dancing.)
At the beginning, Baby Mumble is hatched, a little later than the others...and he initially looks like the other baby penguins. But it doesn't take too long to realize he is a little different. His feet move kinda funny. His parents are embarassed and try to keep him from showing this to others. A little later, all the baby penguins go to learn how to find their heartsongs. All the penguins have a heartsong and can sing beautifully. They just have to look deep inside their hearts and let it out. Mumble doesn't find a song, he finds a dance. His feet start to move, and he is very happy about it. He is ridiculed for being different, and his parents are even ashamed that he is "not a real penguin."
The questions that were asked of the parents struck me, as well. Were there any problems with the incubation? Problems with the hatching? The parents were afraid that they had done something wrong during incubation. They were concerned about how Mumble would function in the penguin community. Could he contribute? Should he go to school or just learn how to work and help the family? They love him, but they're torn. They didn't expect this. The elder penguins think they should just send him away.
Anything seem familiar?? Maybe it's just me....