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* FridgeBrilliance: At first glance, the meerkats on the island sleeping on trees seem to be a clear example of SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying, because those animals actually live in burrows. But from an evolutionary standpoint, it makes perfect sense: Imagine a bunch of meerkats by some means arriving on the island. Those who show their normal behavior of creating burrows quickly get [[spoiler: devoured by the island]], and only a few, showing the abnormal behavior of climbing on trees, survive. Those are the ancestors of the current meerkat population Pi encounters. That's how natural selection works! ([[spoiler: Of course, the point is moot if Pi just made everything up.]]) ** Also do note Pi being raised by someone who clearly understood biology and in the book his atheist biology teacher. If he did make it up, then that was more than likely on purpose. * FridgeHorror: ** [[spoiler: Pi's second story accounts for all the characters and events that happened in the first story, except for one: the island. Except, it does. If you choose to believe the second story, then what happened is that Pi found one of the other survivors' teeth in the boat, probably the cook's.]] ** The [[spoiler: carnivorous island]] Pi finds himself on sort of resembles a [[spoiler: dead body]] from afar in the film. The [[spoiler:roots from the trees]] could represent human veins, and the [[spoiler:meerkats could represent maggots]]. ** [[spoiler: Another implication of the second story is that Pi was forced to cannibalize his mother - in the book it is only her head the cook threw overboard, and in the animal version Richard Parker eats part of Orange Juice's body after the hyena kills her. If the island is meant to represent a dead body, it was likely his mother's body.]] ** [[spoiler: A still different interpretation is that while the first story ends with a big climatic story that takes faith to believe in, the second story ends with "Solitude set in. I turned to God. I survived" which is basically what he calls dry yeastless factuality. ]] * FridgeLogic: The boat thrashed for hours, Pi screamed for a long time, and even looked under the tarp for supplies, but never saw Richard Parker, a full-grown tiger there. There was even a hyena under the tarp as well that apparently didn't get into a fight with Richard Parker beforehand.
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** and perhaps MisaimedFandom as the book is a relative newcomer to school curriculum. Yet oddly the message of not letting doubt override your chance to miss a good story, might as well be a major criticism of English curriculum making people not see books as stories.
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* HilariousInHindsight: Pi was mocked as a child for having a name that could be mispronounced as "Pissing." When he's lost at sea and quarreling with Richard Parker, he actually does piss to mark his territory and show him who's in charge. That does not end well for him.
HilariousInHindsight: Pi was mocked as a child for having a name that could be mispronounced as "Pissing." When he's lost at sea and quarreling with Richard Parker, he actually does piss to mark his territory and show him who's in charge. That does not end well for him.
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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: For the film, RhythmAndHues[[note]]with Creator/MovingPictureCompany and a few other studios[[/note]] developed some truly phenomenal animation and visual effects, which won them the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: For the film,
RhythmAndHues[[note]]with Creator/MovingPictureCompany and a few other studios[[/note]] developed some truly phenomenal animation and visual effects, which won them the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Aside from the natter, Unfortunate Implications require citation.
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* UnfortunateImplications: ** The two stories paradox basically suggests that the religious side is delusional and clinging on to a pleasant reality while the atheist side is fundamentally nihilistic. ** How is the "atheist" story nihilistic - because it reveals a universal willingness to compromise your morals in order to survive? That only happens for a moment of weakness, and he struggles with it for weeks afterwards and comes out of it just fine. Sure, that story isn't nearly as inspirational as the "religious" one, but that's realism for you. ** The two French characters are brutal, [[spoiler:cannibalistic]] savages. [[spoiler:That is, if they were separate characters. In the alternate story they're hinted to be the same guy. In the animal story the cook might have not even existed.]]
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