Friday, May 11, 2007


Many of you have probably seen this little animated clip, entitled "Kiwi!". I showed the clip to Julian last night. And my sweet, sensitive little boy got very quiet near the end, as the kiwi stuck out his little winglets. Then he said out loud, "But he's going to DIE!" and then, of course, the final thump at the end. He needed some hugs and distraction to move on from this little heartstring puller.

(I have to admit that his heartfelt reaction made me cry a little bit, too. I felt bad for having shown it to him. I should have known. There is a book that always makes him cry, or at least feel sad, called "Picnic"---we have the animated version, courtesy of the Scholastic Video Collection---about a family of mice that go out for a picnic and the littlest one gets lost. She gets found again, but the scene of the littlest mouse crying and waiting to be found is too much for my little guy.)

His reaction got me to wondering, pondering, musing, even... Why was the Kiwi clip so sad for him? Is it just that he can identify readily with those in pain? Or has he experienced sacrifice while in pursuit of a dream? Is it some kind of prescience that he instinctively knows that there will be the death of some things for him to fulfill his aspirations? What does he aspire to, anyway? Where is his bliss that he is supposed to follow?


EllaL said...

I watched the kiwi short when you posted it on TT, and everyone thought it was so cute, and I just absolutely bawled for, like, 15 minutes. Admittedly, I may have been PMSing at the time, but I've gotta go with Julian on this one. That is one sad little movie.

Meera said...

Oh, Ella, I had no idea! It is terribly manipulative, but still. *hug*

Lauren said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! Yay! Write more!
I remember feeling very empathetic as a kid. Sometimes I think we could use a little more of that in the world.