Inspirations behind the Billion Trees and Beyond – Happy Feet (Mumble)

Photo courtesy from the Happy Feet Facebook page

Yes, it is a character from a successful animation film called Happy Feet released in 2006. Mumble is the peculiar emperor penguin, the protagonist character, having very serious genetic handicaps, yet having a unique gift of happy feet (reflexively dancing ones), the whole film is all about how the happy feet find a most meaningful and powerful expression around him. I will not elaborate on the story here, it is all available in the references attached. Let me jump into the inspiration value.

This film is highly inspirational, for its plot, story, drama, animation, dialog and of course the music.
This film stands for one to overcome the limitations of self (both genetic and socially imposed) and discover the innate talent which may not be relevant to the society around to start with, but hold on to it, nurture it, have a self expression around it, eventually allow it to lead to a series of adventures, resulting in unimaginable breakthroughs, some of which will help in resolving the chronic issues around, and of course bringing a sense of fulfillment for the individual and the rest associated.

If you have seen the film before, you will connect to this inspiring message instantly, else I urge you to see this film at the earliest. I saw the film for the second time recently, and I was quite delighted more than the first time, as I was tracking the whole design of the film, and was highly appreciative of its conception, delivery and impact.

Billion Trees and Beyond drive too will grow only if each one finds his or her happy feet within, and unleashes it in an effortless manner, going behind the adventure it will carry one into.   If the happy feet inside you has nothing to do with this drive, it makes sense to stay away from it, but if it has lot to do, you will find it much easier to jump in and chart your own adventure and either lead or contribute to the vision and purpose behind this drive.

We all have some sort of happy feet inside us, let us discover them  and express fully around them. Even if you are not clear about what it is all about, this drive could be a perfect testing ground for you, plant some trees around in your neighborhood, look after them, let it evolve and express its own happy feet, in the process you too could discovered yours, gone places around your happy feet, and you will be noticing that a huge crowd is counting on to dance along with you, and the dance is keeping everyone concerned in a paradise they deserve!


Nataraja Upadhya,

Founder, Billion Trees and Beyond
Founder, Paint Bengaluru Green and More (ಬೆ೦ಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಹಸಿರು ಓಕುಳಿ)


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