Monday, December 11, 2006

Penguin Update

Having now viewed Happy Feet in its entirety, I must say that I’m surprised that its conservative critics have focused on the environmental message, which concerns overfishing and not global warming. My main impression of the film’s “message” was that here we have a rare children’s film that actually challenges religious authority. The religious leader of Emperor Land (who also seems to be its political leader, as penguins apparently live under a theocracy) insists that the decline in fish stocks is due to the wrath of the Great Guin, who is unhappy at the dancing of Mumble, the main character. In the end, Mumble’s search for a rational explanation exposes the folly of those who put their faith in the Great Guin. I’m not saying that religious conservatives (or religious liberals or religious folks of any political stripe) would be justified in taking issue with the anti-religious message of Happy Feet, given that the typical children's movie is either silent on religious questions or vaguely monotheistic. But it surprises me that this has not been the principal line of attack.

Thus ends my brief career as a film critic. I shall return shortly to addressing issues related to law.

8 comments:

da_2_b said...

I took my daughter last night to get a break from studying for finals. I have to agree with you. There seemed to be very little about global warming but rather about over-fishing. Even the scientists who disagree with the notion of global warming agree that the oceans are being over-fished. I was really suprised though at the subtle dig on religion.
With that said, it's back to studying for finals. Two more to go and then I'm half way done with law school.

Craig J. Albert said...

And we should not forget the evangelical penguin leader Lovelace, who was the first to renounce his prior views, having fallen from grace both literally and figuratively.

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