Cavuto: America’s #1 Movie, Happy Feet, Is ‘Offensive,’ ‘An Animated Inconvenient Truth’

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"Cavuto: America’s #1 Movie, Happy Feet, Is ‘Offensive,’ ‘An Animated Inconvenient Truth’"

The #1 movie in the country, the animated film “Happy Feet,” is “an entertaining story about a young bird’s journey toward self-acceptance.” But to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto it’s insidious “far left” political propaganda.

Cavuto saw the movie with his sons and found it “offensive.” Cavuto objected to the fact that penguins in the movie have trouble finding food because of overfishing and oil drilling. Cavuto called the film “an animated ‘Inconvenient Truth.’ I half expected to see an animated version of Al Gore pop-up.” Watch it:

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Cavuto is objecting to introducing children to a real problem. A recent study in Science found “There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue.”

(HT: NewsHounds)

Transcript:

CUVUTO: Well, those cute little penguins in “Happy Feet,” winning at the box office, earning more than $42 million. In the movie the penguins are starving, the fish are all gone and it’s clear human and big buisness are to blame. Is Hollywood using kid’s films to promote a far left message. Entertainment critic Holly McClure says “Yes, and it’s wrong.” Holly, so you though it was over the top?

MCCLURE: Well, I did, Neil. I tell you, I went watching this movie saying Ok, great, a light-harded fun film — love these animated pictures. And it’s interesting how realistic it looks. You get in there and you’re enjoying all the fun and frivolity and, yes, it’s a takeoff of the penguin documentary. And then along comes the subtle messages. One by one they come in. I felt like i was watching “Dirty Dancing” penguin-style. You know, the preaching against tap dancing and being liberal and stay conformed. And then it started to get into the other messages. Yes, we had that plastic ring around one of the penguin’s neck.

CUVUTO: Yes. Yes.

MCCLURE: From there it got worse.

CUVUTO: Holly, I saw this with my two little boys. What I found offensive — I don’t care what your stands are on the environment — is that they shove this in a kid’s movie. So you hear the penguins are starving and they’re starving because of mean old men, mean old companies, arctic fishing, a big taboo. And they’re foisting this on my kids who frankly were more bored that it was a nearly two-hour movie. And they’re kids!

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My biggest thing was — you can make a political statement all you want — adult movie and all. I just think it’s a little tacky, and a big-time objectionable when you start foisting it on kids who don’t know any better.

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Even more telling to me was the fact that — I though it was like an animated “Inconvenient Truth.” I half expected to see an animated version of Al Gore to pop-up. I must be the only one in the theatre having this reaction because, you know, my boys are just bouncing off the wall because it’s so damn long. But the other issue is that, you know, that is animated “Inconvenient Truth.”

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