“Magnolia” and the Raining Frogs

“Magnolia”, in my opinion, is a superb movie and an all around perfect example great filmmaking. So when I have the opportunity, I like to show it to people who haven’t seen it.
Well the last person that watched it asked me “Why does it rain frogs? It’s perfect at that point in the movie and it is said to be possible in reality, but I decided to see what Paul T. Anderson had to say about why he chose to put it in the movie and it actually turned out to be pretty profound.
Fan of the movie or not I think you’ll find it interesting:

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Paul Thomas Anderson on raining frogs in his movie ‘Magnolia’
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“You get to a point in your life where shit is just happening & everything’s out of your control, and suddenly, a rain of frogs just makes sense. I’m not someone who’s ever had a special fascination with UFO’s or supernatural phenomena or anything, but I guess I just found myself at a point in my life where I was going through some shitty stuff and I was ready for some sort of weird religious experience, or as close as I could get to one. So then I began to decipher things about frogs and history, things like as far back as the Romans, people have been able to judge the health of a society by the health of its frogs: the health, the vibe of a frog, the texture, its looks, how moist or dry it is, everything. The frogs are a barometer for who we are as a people and we’re pollutting ourselves, we’re killing ourselves, and the frogs are telling us so, because they’re all getting sick and deformed.”

Apparently raining animals is a relatively common meteorological phenomenon, with occurrences reported from many countries throughout history. The animals most likely to drop from the sky in a rainfall are fish and frogs, with birds coming third. Sometimes the animals survive the fall, especially fish, suggesting a small time gap between the extraction and the actual drop. Several witnesses of raining frogs describe the animals as startled, though healthy, and exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. In some incidents, however, the animals are frozen to death or even completely enclosed in blocks of ice. These occurrences may be evidence for the transport of the victims to high altitudes, where the temperature is below zero, and they show how powerful meteorological forces can be. Most recent occurrences include the rain of frogs and toads in Serbia (2005) and London (1998), and rains of fish in India (2006) and Wales (2004).

In Honduras, the Lluvia de Peces (Rain of Fishes) is a unique phenomenon that has been occurring for more than a century on a yearly basis in the country of Honduras. It occurs in the Departamento de Yoro, between the months of May and July. Witnesses of this phenomenon state that it begins with is a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain for 2 to 3 hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground. People take the fish home to cook and eat them. Although some experts have tried to explain the Rain of Fishes as a natural meteorological phenomenon, the fish are not sea water fish, but fresh water fish; they are not dead, but alive; they are not blind, they have eyes; they are not big fish, but small; and the type of fish is not found elsewhere in the area. There is no valid scientific explanation for this phenomenon. Many people believe this phenomenon occurs because of Father José Manuel Subirana, a Spanish catholic missionary and considered by many to be a Saint. He visited Honduras from 1856-1864, and upon encountering so many poor people, prayed for 3 days and 3 nights asking God for a miracle to help the poor people by providing food. The Rain of Fishes has occurred ever since.

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