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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hoover Damm! The penguins steal the show!

"Don't go swimming in hot oil and bisquik?" "Not that penguin creed, the other one!" "Oh yeah, penguins never swim alone."

Sunday afternoon the BSU and Son Noah and I all went to see the new Wallace and Gromit movie, Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I really enjoyed the irony of getting in line at the theater with all the other parents and their kids while we stood in line with our 21 year old kid. It turned out to be great fun for all of us.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was a terrific movie, a fun cartoon. I was only vaguely aware of Wallace the cheese-loving whacky inventor and his loyal but silent sidekick dog Gromit but we had seen the previews over the past weeks and the story looked like too much fun to ignore. The BSU even claims not to like the claymation style of animation that makes W&G possible but she agreed to go see this movie without any reluctance.

She liked it much more than she expected to! That's right, the BSU, who by her own admittance doesn't have much of a funny bone, liked The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. That's pretty high praise from the spouse!

But for me, the real treat was the short movie playing before the feature, The Night Before Christmas starring the Penguins from the movie Madagascar. [BTW, I can not find a decent link to this film! Updated when I do.]I loved the penguins from the Madagascar movie and thought they were the best part of the movie. Now they have their own 10 minute feature! It’s a heart-warming story of Penguin Private's effort to share some holiday cheer with the lonely polar bear, his disastrous trip for a last minute gift, a cranky old lady, a vicious little dog and a daring rescue by the rest of the Penguin squad, ending when Kowalski finally gets to blow the old lady’s apartment door with his always hidden, but ever-present stick of dynamite. “Kaboom?” “Yes, Kaboom!”

All’s well on Christmas night and the polar bear gets to share in the eggnog with his new friends.

The movie earns two flippers up!

On an editorial note, it must be said that Dreamworks has flagrantly plagiarized Possumblog Terry’s intellectual property by stealing his oft-repeated Cornaguin idea and using it in this movie. Sure, they replaced corn meal with Bisquik in the penguin creed quoted at the beginning of this post, but you must admit that the preparation of penguins as food with a coating and deep fat frying is an original Possumblog idea. I was floored by the obvious plagiarism when I watched the movie and laughed out loud at the joke that was so obvious to any regular Possumblog reader, (or irregular Possumblog reader, for that matter). Little did I know that the Possumblog Kitchen was working on new, super-secret recipes for Emperor Penguin that included Bisquik but you can read about the news release here.

Anyway, the three of us had a great time at the movies, eating popcorn and candy Dots and laughing at two fun movies. I really recommend you load up your kids, no matter what age and head out to the movies for this great double feature!

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