Monday, February 21, 2005

Movie Review: Pooh's Heffalump Movie

One of the nicer aspects of fatherhood is the ability to take your young son to a movie that you'd never actually see by yourself. Such a movie is "Pooh's Heffalump Movie."

Anyway, this movie is the sort of thing that Disney has produced in recent years that gets bigots, facists, and self-styled "conservatives" to shift into high dudgeon: Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a film about tolerance aimed for the pre-school set.

Great moviemaking it may not be, but it's useful to have this lesson taught, especially after 9/11: all "foreigners" are not to be feared. Simply because someone or their background or culture is unknown does not mean they are evil, ferocious, or going to cause us harm. Helping out "the other" can lessen the fears we have of the "other."

BTW, those people at Disney have really tight control over their intellectual property... I wanted to include an image in the review, but can't find one.

However, I am able to find the review from "Focus on the Family" [sic], which isn't actually too bad, for them at least.

Of course, the movie gives a generic message, and as long as there are no concrete referrants to the world in which we live, I suppose FOTF wouldn't have an issue. But, say, if Heffalumps were atheists...

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