Penguins under attack

I have yet to see the movie Happy Feet (which of course, given the name of this blog, I must). But I’m interested to see that it’s already come under attack for being “environmentalist propaganda”. As I understand it, in spite of the poles being more likely to warm up quicker than the rest of the world, and hence more exposed to the risk of global warming, the movie’s controversial propaganda does not involve anything about global warming. Rather, it involves the uncontroversial fact that some sea-creatures suffer, and even die, as a result of industrial strength fishing trawlers, and rubbish floating about on the world’s oceans.

By coincidence, I watch the animated movie Cars on DVD tonight. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone decrying the unsubtle anti-environmental propaganda in this film – the world is a wonderful place if there are lots of cars in it, and a road can be a spiritual place providing it has a few bends in it.

  6 comments for “Penguins under attack

  1. December 16, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Ok, do you really think, CARS has a anti-enviromental propaganda in it? Interessting, so to say.

  2. December 17, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    We watched Cars for about the 5th time tonight and when I got to the end I wanted to shout, “Be careful what you wish for!” When towns get discovered they get ruined, it has happened all across the American West.

    Interesting about Happy Feet, I haven’t seen it but an acquaintance told me it was totally inappropriate for children, too racy. Awaiting your review : )

  3. December 18, 2006 at 12:40 am

    I’ve blogged, alright, moaned, about the utterly, mind-bogglingly recidivist tendency in cars before now (coming from the people who made Monsters Inc, you’d expect a little more). But it’s the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, according to the Guardian (forgive the self-promotion – link is in here)

  4. December 18, 2006 at 10:18 am

    Yes, it is interesting that there hasn’t been more discussion about Cars. I think a lot of us feel the same way about it. And it’s the first movie that has really captured my youngest boy’s imagination – riding his bike like ‘Lightning The Queen’ and so on.

  5. January 6, 2007 at 3:28 am

    Forgive me randomly wandering in… Have you seen Happy Feet yet? I saw it and indeed enjoyed it. The environmental message isn’t hugely subtle, but it’s hardly propaganda.

  6. rawr
    November 28, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Well, Happy Feet, which, personally, i found amusing and highly entertaining, did not pertain to global warming.
    So what?
    It never said it was going to, or had to.
    It was a movie for children who need to be children instead of worrying about how global warming could be devastating.

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