I took my 3 kiddos to see "Cars 2" this morning. They'd been looking forward it for several weeks, and I'd heard nothing but praise for the kid flick. I was looking forward to some funny "adult" humor from Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy, not in a million years thinking I was going to be subjecting my children to liberal environmentalist indoctrination.
Basically, the movie's political agenda revolves around "big oil" vs. alternative forms of fuel. Okay. I love our earth and I teach my children to care for it as best as possible. I'm all about developing different forms of energy, especially if it creates jobs and encourages competition. What I am not okay with is Disney/Pixar using my children for their political agenda! It wasn't like the "green" cars and the "big oil" cars became friends in the end. The "big oil" cars (they actually used the term, "big oil", in the movie) were evil villains out to destroy the other cars so that the alternative fuel didn't become the standard.
I felt like I was taking crazy pills about halfway through the film. At first I thought, "Nah, this is just me being ultra-conservative and sensitive" (when the movie opened with all the evil villains meeting on an oil rig in the middle of the Pacific). But, as the movie wore on, the agenda became clearer until the only thing they didn't do was have the "big oil" cars killing the cars running on alternative fuels...oh wait, they did do that.
I'm very disappointed. I will be careful to read up on the films (even when they're rated G) that I take my children to in the future.