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March 21st, 2008 (09:51 pm)

λ and I just got back from seeing Horton Hears a Who. It was quite relatively cute.

However, throughout the movie, I kept trying to figure out what its point was. You know, in the political/philosophical/psychological/religious/cultural/historical sense. I blame the pro-lifers who laid claim to the "A person's a person, no matter how small" line. I myself, though I love Dr. Seuss and read a great deal of his books as a child, never did own a copy of Horton Hears a Who, so I squinted very hard at the screen as I attempted to determine whether its message was that of:

-A religious fable
-An anti-religious fable
-A pro-life movie
-A pro-choice movie
-A movie about the perils of Skinnerian behaviorism
-A movie about why we should go back to considering psychotic people to be prophets or saints
-A movie about why you should trust that there are more things in the world than you can perceive with your senses
-A movie about why the only things you should believe in are the things you can perceive with your senses
-A movie about the evils of fascism
-A movie about the evils of communism
-A movie about pacifism
-A movie about the cruel indifference of nature to human suffering
-A movie seeking to debunk Darwin's theory of natural selection and to support instead a new theory which might be designated "elephant ex machina"
-A movie about how apparently when you decide to include in your soundtrack a classic'80s romantic ballad of gorgeous and transcendent schmaltz, you should only sing a third of it, then put that third in all the commercials for the movie as a tease so that people will go to the movie and look forward the whole time to hearing Carol Burnett sing "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" in the voice of a purple kangaroo, only to find out that, oh, no, wait, sorry, the clip is only thirty seconds long and twenty seconds of them are a duet between Steve Carell and Jim Carrey

I think maybe I don't quite have the hang of watching children's movies.

I still need an icon of Carol Burnett as a purple kangaroo though.


Posted by: B (goblinpaladin)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)

I love your icon. Oh, so much love.

Posted by: Erbie McInQuack (erbie)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)

From what I remember, it was a response to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yeah, I don't get that either.

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Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)

...But don't fables sort of have to have a point? Some sort of message conveyed through a story? Isn't that pretty much what a fable is? That's the impression I'd always gotten, anyway...that a fable was the sort of story that ended "and the moral is, don't count your chickens before they've hatched" or similar.

Posted by: carolyn z (carolyn_z)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)

If I remember correctly, Dr. Seuss was a hardcore antiwar person/pacifist. He was definitely mindful of putting certain themes into his books.

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