Friday, November 19, 2004

Animated casualties of the culture war?

David Sterritt of The Christian Science Monitor considers charges that The Incredibles embraces Nietzschian and Randian philosophies, while The Polar Express wrongly emphasizes the importance of blind faith:
Nobody connected with The Incredibles has laid claim to such subtexts - publicly, at least - and it's possible to read The Polar Express not as a right-wing celebration of "faith" but as a left-wing critique of "traditional values." At one point, for instance, a precious Polar Express ticket gets carried away by the wind, only to be "rescued" by an eagle, fed to a baby eagle, and spat out as unpalatable by the American symbol that tried to swallow it.