This blog’s tagline (whatever that is, don’t even know where it shows up), “Try the water Dave. It’s really real” is a quote from Happy Feet. Happy Feet is just about the weirdest children’s movie I have ever seen. Most lame animated movies are lame because the jokes are so cheap (Ice Age, Shrek movies after the first, dare I say Frozen) or the animation is really awful (pretty much all low-budget ones). Happy Feet was just a terrible movie because it had no plot. And then the director George Miller turns around and makes the fantastic Mad Max: Fury Road, which is a discussion for another day.
I must have watched Happy Feet a lot when I was younger (not sure why; I don’t remember liking it that much) because I have a bunch of piece-meal images of dancing penguins and snippets of famous penguin-fied songs lodged in my head. One of those, is of course, a scene in a zoo where an old-timer penguin tells the protagonist (whose name is Mumble, not “Dave”), “Try the water, Dave. It’s really real.” I could go on about the uncertain message of the movie (love everyone? everyone’s special? global warming? Mexican penguins?), but I’ll stop here by saying nothing in it made sense.
UNTIL flash back to a month ago when I finally got around to watching 2001: A Space Odyssey and heard the most familiar voice almost halfway through. It took me a good while but I finally pieced together Crazy Penguin = HAL 9000 and Dave = Dave the astronaut guy. I’m aware my realization is not a stretch in any way and honestly I should have figured that out before I even watched 2001, but I was seriously so overwhelmed by all the other strange things going on that I never thought it might be a reference to something. And, I mean, think about it. Whenever a movie makes reference to something else, it weaves it into the dialogue in a way that makes sense. Like in The Corpse Bride when two old-timers, one undead, reunite. The woman says, “You’ve been dead for 15 years,” to which her husband replies, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” That’s a thing that works. “Try the water Dave, it’s really real,” on the other hand, makes seemingly no connections to Mumble’s situation except maybe a commentary on the “fake” water feeling real? It’s a stretch.
Anyway, I just wanted to vent myself (not like I haven’t already. I mean, it’s been months since this happened. Of course I have).