Skip to comments.Lou Dobbs bashes ‘The Lorax’ and ‘Secret World of Arrietty’ for ‘indoctrinating liberal agenda’
Posted on 02/22/2012 10:33:54 AM PST by max americana
In the Dr. Seuss book, the Lorax speaks for trees, "for the trees have no tongues."
Lou Dobbs, on the other hand, most definitely has a tongue and he's not afraid to wield it against the beloved children's character.
On a segment of Dobbs Fox Business Network show Tuesday night that was flagged by the advocacy group Media Matters, the cantankerous conservative pundit bashed two new animated movies as an example how Hollywood "once again is trying to indoctrinate our children.
Dobbs lambasted Disney's "The Secret World of Arrietty," a Japanese film that opened last Friday, for its story about a 4-inch-tall family of "borrowers" who take items from humans without paying for them. Universal's "The Lorax," opening March 2, "is about a woodland creature who speaks for the trees and fights rampant industrialism," Dobbs said, emphasizing the last two words.
"Where have we heard this before?" asked Dobbs. "Occupy Wall Street forever tried to put the makers against the takers and President Obama repeating that everyone should pay their fair share in dozens of speeches since his State of the Union address last month.
"The President's liberal friends in Hollywood targeting a younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children."
Turning to his three guests, Dobbs found sympathy for his arguments.
"What we're doing is creating Occu-toddlers," right-wing talk-show host Matt Patrick said. "Here's what I would recommend. If you want to go see the movie and we all know what the agenda is, buy huge tubs of popcorn, ram it in your face, they're all made of paper, you crinkle it all up, throw it on the floor, you walk out. You spend all kinds of money on stuff and you leave it on the floor.
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Nah, I'll just wait for the Barack, for the Barack speaks for Democrats and Democrats have no brains.
Just walked past a display in a big box store and there it was (the book) prominently displayed.
Don’t tell me it’s just chance, the left is going full bore.
This has been going on since I was a kid. The Borrowers was a cartoon series at one point, and The Butter Battle Book was a Seuss special that aired a lot and was clearly about the nuclear arms race. My teens prefer Top Shot and The Walking Dead anyway.
I was born a conservative. I couldn’t stand Dr. Suess and Sesame Street even as a 5 year old. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but they just seemed fake and smarmy. Give me Bugs Bunny any day.
My daughter just saw Arietty. She didn’t come home ready to Occupy anything. She might read The Borrowers, though.
A Movie adaptation is coming out shortly. I saw a trailer for it.
It's not just chance, but neither is it "Full bore leftism". Just old fashioned capitalistic advertising.
FWIW, I don't remember much about the book. From the commercial I saw, the movie looks like a real dog. There's a reason why they're releasing it off-season, I think.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
The Tv series was The Littles, from a different author but very similar in nature DIC was the animation studio.
The only real issue with the borrowers is that they did not “borrow” as far as I can tell but stole. As the items did not seem to be returned, not to mention that to borrow the person owning the object must give consent.
Having not read the source books they may have at some point but I can not say for sure.
You have a point. We can also promote that "the borrowers" are smaller than most aborted little babies.
Does that mean that if we saw a borrower, we couldn't just step on them?
I thought so too on those books. Regarding the Walking Dead and I’ve watched it closely, there are countless times the US flag in the van was upside down..and when the cold man at the ranch talked about “AIDS’, i said “where the heck did that come from?”
Same here. Never got into Seuss as my reading material growing up were comic books.
The movie is based on the book, it isn’t a political agenda, and in fact its a JAPANESE film, or ANIME’ and they are by and large very good and intersting films that rarely follow ‘western’ mold.
They follow a story for a story’s sake, rarely do I find blatant political agendas in any Anime that I have watched, in fact its refreshingly free of political agenda’s left or right most of the time.
I remember seeing a movie, and the story begins just after the nuclear bombing of Japan.. it showed the survivors, struggling just after their city was literally destroyed, but it didn’t condemn the US, or even their own military leaders whos decisions had brought them to this fate, it was just a story about people and the circumstances they were living in. Was amazingly refreshing as no film like that would ever get made in Hollywood, ever. At least not in this day and age.
They did, and Seuss’s widow sued them for copyright infringement.
And the Clock family have noithing in common with OWS. They have no demands on government for societial "fairness". They just want to live their own lives off the grid following their rules of acquisition.
When pundits make statements like this... the left makes hay with them.
Japanese have absolutely no concept of American conservative or liberal politics. Dobbs is finding shapes in the clouds.
When there’s a movie based on a book about to come out the book gets a new pressing and a big push. It’s part of why they sell the movie rights of books.
And then I explain to them that the global warming stuff is a bunch of dopey hooey. Like anything the television tells them is "free" really isn't free at all. And the sugary food they pretend is healthy isn't even a little bit healthy.
All my kids know that the television lies to them everytime they look at it. They get it.
Of course they do because frankly they are idiotic statements to make.
Anyone read the lorax or the borrowers knows what the story is about, and your political bent will decide how you interpret it, whether it be a film or a book.
You can take “The Lorax” as an anti-capitalist, enviro-worshiping book of indoctrination, or you can take it as a cute cautionary tail about the dangers of pollution and unfettered greed. The story is the same either way, but your political bent will decide which it is to you.
We’ll see the one based on The Borrowers at least. I generally haven’t liked movies based on Dr. Seuss books as they don’t translate well.
Studio Ghibli films are usually very respectful of families, and I’ve yet to see a bad one.
An astute observation.
Lord of the Rings?
“When theres a movie based on a book about to come out the book gets a new pressing and a big push. Its part of why they sell the movie rights of books.”
I’m quite aware of the capitalism aspect of this.
Curious as to why the movie now, why the book now?
Perhaps the answer is here;
I hear it has great reviews;
Bernays honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.Noam Chomsky
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.Edward Bernays,
Or more likely because Dr Seuss movies have been making a ton of cash lately. The most recent one, Horton Hears a Who, pulled down almost 300 million bucks. Every since Grinch blew open the Dr Seuss market in 2000 we’ve had a Dr Seuss movie come out every few years. Capitalism.
The Littles, who had tails, and mouse-like ears and teeth, unlike the Borrowers
For some reason his name gets mispronounced, as I understand. Theodore Seuss Geisel--the "Seuss" should rhyme with "Royce" but people rhyme it with "Loose". I guess he said it that way himself, but supp. the orig. German pronunciation would be "Soyce" (from a TV special about him). He did ad campaigns (Quick Henry, the Flit!) and also some pro-world war II cartoons (for PM newspaper--encouraging the U.S. to continue its war against Hitler, etc.)
There have been some cartoons based on the idea of the evils of environmental pollution, etc. FernGully the Last Rainforest was one. Another was one of Hanna Barbera’s last efforts, Once Upon a Forest...some poisonous gas kills some animals and sickens one young badger (those nasty humans). Rampant consumerism was spoofed in Over the Hedge, where a raccoon, a turtle, and other animals (William Shatner “playing possum”) try to get food from the humans just across the hedgerow...the humans have SUVs, fridges full of food,
big screen TVs, etc. All played for laughs.
The Borrowers say they only take things the average sized people will not miss. The humor in it is there are times
when we say “what happened to that small object? It seems to have disappeared”, and the story imagines that small people took off with it...also the small ones say, “we don’t steal.
We borrow.” (Rationalization...a self-defense mechanism.)
The BBC Christmas special version of the Borrowers (spoiler alert) shows that the average sized family could lose their house. But it turns out that the tiny ones had “borrowed”
a valuable coin. The coin gets “returned” and voila, the day is saved as it’s worth a lot of money as a rare coin. They can keep their house.
Saw it—was great. The backgrounds, etc. are very well drawn, etc. Not limited animation or CGI...close attention to detail.
The first ‘The Lorax’ cartoon had the same greenie-weenie message. It’s just an updated version of the same indoctrination message my generation received.
Of course a lot of it went back to WWII, and seeing Nazis and fascists under every Truffula Tree.
This caught my eye on the book's Wikipedia page:
In a retrospective critique written in the journal Nature upon the 40th anniversary of the book's publication, Emma Marris described the Lorax character as a "parody of a misanthropic ecologist". She called the book "gloomy" and doubted it was good for young children. Nevertheless, she praised the book overall, and especially Seuss for understanding "the limits of gloom and doom" environmentalism.
And this from Seuss's wikipedia page:
But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: "Brothers!" It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, weve got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left. Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss]
Grave of the Fireflies
its on “amime network” on demand right now if you really want to be depressed watch it.
That was a good catch...I generally do not trust Wiki as a rule.
They’re pretty accurate on average.
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