Teach your children well

We’re halfway through Happy Feet.  Up to the halfway mark, I wasn’t really liking it.  It’s got a lot of wailing soul style music, and that’s not my kind of sound.  And considering that it’s a kids’ movie, I found the song choices rather surprising, since a lot of them are amazingly sexual in content.  Fortunately, my kids are still so innocent it went over their heads, but it sure made me uncomfortable.  (Mr. Bookworm, good liberal that he is, was “charmed.”)  I also found the visuals, while sophisticated, dizzying.  I mean, there’s only so much you can get out of animating hundreds of thousands of penguins.  The story seemed to be the usual banal Hollywood children’s movie:  misfit, who finds equally misfit friends, gets girl.

Halfway through the movie, though, right where we turning it off for bedtime, it suddenly took a turn for the politically icky.  It turns out that the misfit hero’s community is made up of right wing fundamentalist penguins (I kid you not), who believe that the only thing between them and disaster is strict worship of their penguin God and the stamping out of all non-conformity.  They become ever more fanatic as their food source slows, attributing its failure to the presence in their midst of a nonconformist penguin (our hero, of course). The last scene I saw had him announcing that he was going to prove, not that a failure of penguin religion is the problem, but that there’s a greater, more evil force even than someone following his bliss:  MAN!  The far Left PC-ness of this movie (inappropriately sexy songs, attacks on traditional religion, self-referential animism, and hostility towards humans) is truly amazing.

Interestingly, although my kids picked up on my husband’s enthusiasm (and, frankly, they’ll watch anything), they were at first resistant to watching it at all because so many of their kid friends panned it — said it was a terrible movie.  It’s nice to know that, even if my kids don’t have much taste, their friends do.

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  • http://bdroppings.blogspot.com John O

    I watched the movie last weekend with my girlfriend and her kids. Though they liked the film, I had the same reaction you did about half way through, at which point I stopped paying close attention. I tried to doze off for a while (my usual response to movies I don’t care for) but its a hard movie to sleep through. But I did catch the final 10 min or so. I’m curious if you finished watching the film and, if you did, what your reaction was to the ending.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ ymarsakar

    Weird name for a movie, Book.

    Hey Book, did you ever check out Firefly and Serenity? As in watch. I’d like to hear your reaction to Serenity. Certainly it is of a higher quality than this movie.

  • http://Bookwormroom.wordpress.com Bookworm

    I was reading a really good thriller last night, so didn’t watch part II with my family. However, Mr. Bookworm thought it was a 4 star movie and is planning on buying it, so I’ll get my chance one day.

  • Lulu

    “Happy Feet” won the academy award for best animated film, over the far superior “Cars.” Cars also promotes traditional American values of friendship, community, and appreciating and savoring those real and simple pleasures.

  • greg

    Bookworm wrote of her family: “Interestingly, although my kids picked up on my husband’s enthusiasm (and, frankly, they’ll watch anything), they were at first resistant to watching it at all because so many of their kid friends panned it — said it was a terrible movie. It’s nice to know that, even if my kids don’t have much taste, their friends do.”

    Clearly, you don’t realize how insulting of your family that paragraph is. Someone who goes out of her way to espouse the homey values of conservative self-righteousness could try just a bit harder to put in a good word for her mate and offspring. Instead, you file an intelligence report concerning your family’s failings – a report that would win the Ministry of Truth’s nod of approval, for your service to Big Brother.

  • Zhombre

    ” … a report that would win the Ministry of Truth’s nod of approval, for your service to Big Brother …”

    Did you ever actually read Orwell, or do just free associate when you write this crap? I swear, Greg, I really don’t want to insult you or even engage you, but it seems that you have some genetic predisposition to being both unpleasant and obtuse.

  • Zhombre

    Btw, your last name isn’t Solyony, is it?

  • greg

    I’ll stand by my characterization of Bookworm’s belittling of her family.

  • greg

    oh, and Z-ray, thank you for highlighting the most important point of my short comment concerning Bookworm’s abuse of her family … See? You really are a good reader, and you’re certainly, *my* best reader. (When will you send me your next play to edit? you won’t regret it, I promise you, buddy.)

  • http://bookwormroom.wordpress.com/ Bookworm

    Down, Boys! Greg, I’m entitled both to love my family, to despair of my husband’s political views, and to understand that elementary school-aged children are not discriminating in their tastes. To tease them about their “failings,” is not the same as being unable to recognize their virtues. Or maybe in your world it is. Are people all good or all bad as far as you’re concerned? That’s a very dangerous way to view the human condition, because with a few exceptions, it’s not true of anybody. And to fail to recognize a bad person because he likes dogs, or to fail to appreciate a good person because she has bad taste in movies is limiting, and can place you in the kind of position where you can no longer tell your friends from your enemies.

  • Zhombre

    Thanks for the offer, Greg, — and I mean that sincerely — but I’m not writing plays anymore.

  • Don Alexander

    This post is classic Bookworm. Mindless partinsanship coupled with an attack on her own family. It doesn’t get more conservative than this!

    Anyway, we just saw the movie, and it’s got a sweet theme that every kid should hear — as well as a wonderful American music soundtrack, which every kid should hear, also. Only in the Conservative’s warped world are those things construed as wanting.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ ymarsakar

    Indeed, every kid should be indoctrinated according to Leftist beliefs. There are things they just must experience, it seems.

    The more people see it and hear it, the better it gets; supposedly. Hey, that might also explain multilateralism.