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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

4077. Mrs. Astrakhan

Mrs. Astrakhan is a character who appears in the movie Happy Feet. She is portrayed as a large operatic penguin, much like the impression of opera singers today. She has a foreign, yet broken English, German-Russian accent; she pronounces her V's as W's and pronounces her 'ings' as a k, such as "Feelink," "Darlink" or "Sink" and sometimes rolls her R's. After Mrs. Viola suggests Mumble should see Mrs. Astrakhan, Mrs. Astrakhan is seen singing Ochi Cheryne (Dark Eyes) which suggests it may be her heartsong.
Viewed as the best teacher in the lands, she is known to never fail in her teachings, as stated by Mrs. Viola; "If anyone can, Mrs. Astrakhan can." Mrs. Astrakhan tried her hardest to teach the tone-deaf Mumble and was deeply distressed when she felt she had failed him, "I never fail before! Never! Never!" sobbing and banging her head on a block of ice.

However, she did not fail in her teachings; she taught Mumble that there was a feeling inside his soul--who he truly was--a tap dancer; this likely reinforced his talents in tap dancing.

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