Friday, May 14, 2010
A sequence of the film Happy Feet keeps getting mashed up in my memory with an image described by the novel The Life of Pi. The image is a refrigerator drifting by the protagonist Pi's sight. The refrigerator is obviously not working on account of it being stranded out at sea (away from any power source) like Pi and his boat, and contains putrefying food (revealed because Pi stretches out and opens the fridge or because it is already open). The sequence is the protagonist penguin attempting to free fish from a human net for the Arctic penguins's consumption and then giving chase to the ship carrying the net. I confuse this sequence with the written image perhaps because the former is preceded by a sequence that contains human litter/garbage floating on Arctic water and lying on Arctic ice.