Since I have no kids and don’t watch much TV, I’ve done a pretty good job of completely ignoring the existence of the movie Surf’s Up so far — but Sabotabby’s observation about Lani, the lady penguin star, forced me to acknowledge it.
First, check out a picture of an actual Gentoo penguin:
Now, check out Lani:
The fucking penguin has an hourglass figure, including tiny penguin boobies. And scrawny flippers. And a long neck. And — this is my very, very favorite part — visible collarbones! ‘Cause the important thing is that the animated penguin be able to pull off a trapeze dress without looking fat.
Sabotabby nails it:
But we all know that we can’t have plump, pear-shaped female characters of any species on a large screen—it might give women and girls the undesirable idea that they can take up physical space. So we have the strangely deformed result: a sexy animated penguin with boobs. Small boobs—it’s a children’s film after all—but still boobs on something that isn’t a mammal. (Note that the, er, male penguin characters in the movie actually do look like penguins.)