Wednesday, November 3, 2010


(Thanks to IMDb, and whatever made me recall these quotes)

Let's analyze these dialogs from A Bug's Life movie:

Flik: Here, pretend - pretend that that's a seed.
Dot: It's a rock.
Flik: Oh, I know it's a rock, I know. But let's just pretend for a minute that it's a seed, alright? We'll just use our imaginations. Now, now do you see our tree? Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voilá!
Dot: This rock will be a tree?
Flik: Seed to tree. You've gotta work with me, here. Alright? Okay. Now, y-you might not feel like you can do much now, but that's just because, well, you're not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You're still a seed.
Dot: But it's a rock.
Flik: [shouting] I know it's a rock! Don't you think I know a rock when I see a rock? I've spent a lot of time around rocks!
Dot: You're weird, but I like you.

I felt a connection when I saw the recursion of this 'childish' explanation near the end of the movie. With this dialog, in that time, I felt a similar level of connection like the one I felt with the first twelve minutes of Up movie.

Also, it's nice to see how, in the moment of the recursion, these talkers almost exchange their positions:

[Dot gets a rock]
Dot: Pretend it's a seed, okay?
Flik: Thanks, Dot.
Francis: Hey, what's with the rock?
Slim: Must be an ant thing

I'm sure some sheeps may do a nice work as shepherds. The problem seems to be how to state when their work is either solving a need, or satisfying a terrenal whim.