Today I picked up the young Tiger for his long awaited trip to the movies. The weather was sunny with great gusts of wind so the cinema was a good place to be.
Tiger quickly requested a large popcorn. We got a medium. The usher was just finishing up with cleaning when we went into the empty cinema and the young fella thought we were having a private showing. He was a little irritated at the long, ten minute, wait for the movie to start and expressed some reservations about a "rude" underwear advertisement. He also thought I should have taken him to see "Pixels" because "it's so cool"
Eventually "Oddball" started. It is a true story adapted to become a children's film and tells the tale of a colony of fairy penguins decimated by fox attack. A local chicken farmer suggested using his sheepdog as a guardian to the penguins and several years on, there are still dogs patrolling the colony.
The real life success of the idea is wonderful and I was completely delighted by the film. The dog was gorgeous, the costumes and scenery appealed to me and I even noticed the music (unusual for me).
A bit of quick googling has revealed that the film is not so well received by the critics. Oh well, I don't mind admitting that I loved it as a bit of sweet, nostalgic diversion and my hard to please young companion was rivetted.
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