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6 Kids Films Filled With Green Propaganda

"Just a spoonful of sugar helps the Marxism go down / In a most delightful way"

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John Boot

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March 22, 2014 - 8:00 am
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in September of 2013 as “6 Animated Kids Movies with Annoyingly Intrusive Political Messages.” It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is completed in a few months… Click here to see the top 25 so far and to advocate for your favorites in the comments.

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The animated children’s movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 lands in theaters this week [it's now available on Blu Ray] with a strange anti-food processing message: The bad guy wants to take adorable anthropomorphic animal-foods and feed them into his giant food processor to make energy bars.

Surprisingly, this movie is actually less obnoxiously political than lots of other offerings being sold to your kids. Here are five especially egregious examples of kids’ movies with intrusive political messages.

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009).

The original film took a fun kids’ book and loaded it up with political freight: it’s set in a struggling island town that hits a windfall when a young inventor named Flint Lockwood invents a machine that can turn water into food.

Before you know it, it’s raining meat and produce. Sounds like a resource-management problem: If it rained gold, would we figure out a way to profit from it or scream that doomsday has arrived?

The movie turns into a lecture on materialism, inviting us to see the connection between consumer habits and extreme weather/global warming. See, if we don’t get out of our big comfy SUVs and stop craving so much food, the weather-gods will plague us forever. Hollywood’s neo-Puritanism is alive and well. 

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So the thing about Cars 2 is that if they were trying to make a movie that made Big Oil look bad, they actually wound up making the green movement look bad instead. Who was the ultimate villain? Big Oil? Nope. It was the guy who had come up with the "green" alternative that was making cars explode.
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We watched "Wall-E" shortly before heading up to Wyoming to do some camping and fishing in the Wind River Mountains. After three hours of driving along back roads with no power lines, telephone lines, buildings, fences, or any living things other than antelope and sagebrush, my son heaved a big, bored sigh and said: "Mom, those Wall-E guys are idiots."
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I saw Cars 2, and it was just not very good compared to the original.
I didn't see anything substantially wrong with WALL-E or The Lorax, either.
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Jeeze, you guys really need to read something other than your own writing once in a while.

http://www.worldmag.com/2008/06/walloe_world

"Filmmaker Andrew Stanton says his latest film isn't about the environment or obesity...

'With the human characters I wanted to show that our programming is the routines and habits that distract us to the point that we're not really making connections to the people next to us. We're not engaging in relationships, which are the point of living-relationship with God and relationship with other people... What if everything you needed to survive-health care, food-was taken care of and you had nothing but a perpetual vacation to fill your time?... I was trying to make humanity big babies because there was no reason for them to grow up anymore... People made this connection that I never saw coming with the environmental movement, and that's not what I was trying to do.' "

Do read the rest.

WALL-E is actually one of the most pro-liberty movies ever.

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Since you're re-running this article, I think I'll rerun my comment on it:

Some of these are definitely obnoxiously political, but I'd have to disagree about WALL·E and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (CWACOM). WALL·E is another "green" flick, yes, but as others have pointed out, it's against the real (though diminishing) problems of trash and general pollution, not some superstitious Gaia-worshiper's conspiracy theory about anthropogenic global warming or how fracking is EEE-VIL! Yes, we could do with a "Yay for all the big corporations who make the stuff we like at an affordable price!" movie for a change, but as "green" flicks go, WALL·E is actually pretty benign.

As for CWACOM, I'm not really seeing the "consumerism is bad and big corporations are EEE-VIL!" message there. If anything, the movie seems to be more about how truly great ideas can get out of control and have unanticipated side effects. The great food-making machine Flint invents is unambiguously presented as a good thing: his very first successful invention after a long line of failures, and of great benefit to everyone, especially his fellow townspeople. That it gets out of his control and starts causing real trouble is largely due to government meddling in the form of the town's opportunistic mayor who keeps manipulating him into cranking up the machine to the breaking point so his government can take credit for even more largess being dealt out to everyone and thereby increase its popularity. (Sound like any governments you've ever known?)

As far as I can see, the lesson here is that government meddling can turn even the most benevolent of ideas and inventions into a curse and do great harm to the very people they were designed to help; hardly a message that would sit comfortably with the nanny-state leftists and green fascists of our time. I do think CWACOM could have examined more closely the point that a device capable of producing a well-nigh infinite supply of food at minimal cost would come at the price of mass-unemployment for farmers and other food producers (which would be worth it, however, since even people who were flat broke would still have plenty to eat forever afterward), but on the whole it seems a rather pro-business and anti-government film.

You want to rip a movie for having a crummy political message, why not The Iron Giant with its obnoxious anti-gun beatnikery? ("You don't have to be a gun!" Oh, shut up, Hogan, you whiny little brat!) Also, whatever goes into the upcoming Captain Planet film, I'm guessing if it's anything like the cartoons, it'll be so preachy and misanthropic that it'll generate more sales for RiffTrax than anyone else. (Their track for this movie will likely feature lines like "Why's he cutting down trees? Because he HATES trees, that's why!" and "Captain Planet loves cute puppies! Quick, dump some of our radioactive waste on some cute puppies!")
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