I met this twerking, albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.
Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.
I find this scene incredibly distressing. It’s not uncommon for a protagonist of a children’s movie to be a victim of bullying. However, this scene is freakishly realistic. Usually insults like “nerd” and “loser” would be thrown around but in this case, Penny has chosen what she be considers to be a flaw of Sherman’s and shames him. She even embarrasses him and isolates him from his peers who watch on in enjoyment. From the scripting to the facial expressions; Dreamworks has certainly hit a bit too close to home.