Happy penguins, or liberal political animals?

Filed under: Media, That's Entertainment

Leave it the Guardian, UK, to examine the political subversiveness (or lack thereof) of children's cartoons. In the wake of comments by Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that Happy Feet, the penguin dancing movie, is full of "far-left" liberal propaganda, the newspaper has examined a number of films, including Antz, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Ice Age and Cinderella.

We saw Happy Feet when it first came out, and, while my 2 1/2 year-old daughter was bored to tears by the seemingly endless, animated epic, I'm not sure I'd label it "far-left" or "propaganda." Sure, it poked fun at organized religion, challenged authority, promoted conservationism, and championed the cause of those weirdo, left-leaning creative types, but wouldn't "far-left" be a movie about the benefits of socialism, or the joys of living in Holland, or something?

In any case, it's an interesting read. How many conservative parents out there have taken their kids to Happy Feet (or any other mainstream kids movie), and been disappointed to find values you didn't agree with? Any liberal parents feel like you're finding the opposite?

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