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Tuesday, 12 December 2006
Happy People

Happy People at Odeon

This man and woman burst out of a backroom and started handing out sample deoderants to bemused theatre-goers streaming out of a performance of Happy Feet at the Odeon in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday night.

I hadn’t been to see the movie - I went with Mudkip’s parents to see Pan’s Labyrinth a Spanish film by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro which is on release with English subtitles. Writing in the Observer, Phillip French comments on the duality of the film plot - where the protagenist, a young girl, experiences both fantasy and reality worlds:

In this magical and immensely moving film del Toro presents both the narrative strands as equally real, equally plausible. There’s no attempt to rationalise Ofelia’s parallel universe by suggesting it’s a dream or a fantasy . In fact the two sides of the film come together to constitute an allegory about the soul and the national identity of Spain, and in a wider sense about the struggle between good and evil, between the humane and the inhumane, the civilised and the barbaric. Ultimately in a dramatic sense that struggle comes to turn on the boy who becomes Vidal’s son and Ofelia’s brother and whose fate and future unite the fairy story and so-called everyday reality.

Posted by bigblue on 12/12/2006 at 10:23 AM
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I went to the cinema recently to see the new James Bond film.

I was ‘handed out’ a voucher for a £2 National Lottery scratchcard.

Didn’t win.

Posted by KateMarie  on  12/12/2006  at  01:05 PM

Was it the actual scratchcard or a voucher to get one?

Posted by bigblue  on  13/12/2006  at  12:07 AM

It was a voucher. I then queued up in Tescos with the rest of the gamblers to get the scratchcard. There were three games to play.

Lost every time.

But that’s the way things are going at the moment.

Posted by KateMarie  on  14/12/2006  at  01:22 PM

Tell me about it. I’ve been not winning the lottery for years and years now. I keep telling myself that it’s only a phase, and I need to work through it ... wink

Posted by bigblue  on  15/12/2006  at  09:26 AM

See if you can find the interesting story about how Happy Feet came to be made. 

Cate Blanchette agreed to do a voice because “George gave me my start in theatre and film”.  Apparently Hugh Jackman agreed for similar reasons.

Posted by flank  on  18/12/2006  at  07:46 AM

I thought George Miller ripped off the idea from the surprise hit movie March of the Penguins. Either way it’s a long way from Mad Max to Happy Feet.

Posted by bigblue  on  18/12/2006  at  11:35 PM

But not so far from Babe, which I didn’t see but many loved.

Posted by flank  on  18/12/2006  at  11:50 PM

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