March of the Penguins
His first contact with penguins has been established at the shopping mall, seeing a French nature documentary movie called La Marche de l'empereur (March of the Penguins).
Intrigued by the animal as well as the movie, he searched about Emperor Penguins and the movie until discovering the realisator's website. Some days later, after having listened Émilie Simon's “The Frozen World” from the original soundtrack La Marche de l'Empereur during whole days, he eventually bought the DVD as well as Émilie Simon's audio CD, and his interest for Emperor Penguins began to grow as and when he watched it more and more times, his favorite music passing during the mating scene.
France is almost the only country on the world in which the word “penguin” isn't translated to a similar term. Indeed, the French word pingouin relates actually to an auk, while a penguin is actually called a manchot.
Thus, the very large part of the French population keeps thinking that penguins are called auks, which causes factual mistakes like “Emperor Auks” to be very usual.
From the injustice feeling of seeing his hence favorite animal not to be called as he should be made Diti become a defender of penguins.
Even though Diti was fond of animated movies, he watched Happy Feet very lately because this movie has been almost unseen in France. He came randomly across on a Spanish copy of it on Stage6 and decided to download and watch a Quebec French copy afterwards. Obviously liking the penguin-related movie, he bought the DVD as well and watched it in French.
Disgusted by characters' voices (especially Mumble's "catastrophic dubbing" by Clovis Cornillac), he attempted to watch it in English.
He then fell in love with penguins, by both what he has seen in this movie and his previous liking for them. At the same time, he began to identify himself as a penguin.
Notes and references
- Diti's profile on the Happy Feet Fan Forum. Retrieved July 23, 2008
- Diti's profile on the Fur Affinity forums. Retrieved July 23, 2008
- “The Emperor's Journey, a film by Luc Jacquet”
- Provoking then a particular affection for love between the penguins.
- Translations for “penguin” on Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
- As a result, his autograph from the professional photographer Samuel Blanc said the following: “To Diti the defender of penguins. Polar greetings! Samuel”
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