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'Cars 2' Blasts Big Oil, Promotes Alternative Energy: Too Political?

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"Cars 2," the sequel to the cute animated Pixar flick about living cars, is stirring the political pot with an alternative energy plot line.

Academy Award-winning director John Lasseter, who was responsible for the first "Cars" film, as well as "A Bug's Life" and the first two "Toy Story" movies, revealed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that his upcoming film would feature a stand-off between big oil and alternative energy.

He told WSJ, "I kept thinking about, 'OK. A spy movie in the world where cars are alive. What would be a really good kind of über bad guy? Who is an über bad guy?' I kept going to big oil."

"Why isn’t alternative fuel more... Why isn’t everybody jumping on that bandwagon?" he continued. "It makes so much sense: Electricity, solar, whatever. There’s ethanol. There’s all this stuff you could be doing. And so I thought, well, that could be really cool in that you could have big oil versus alternative fuel."

The Lonely Conservative quickly responded, "We conservatives and believers in free markets are accused of being paranoid when we say the Hollywood industry is trying to indoctrinate our children with left wing propaganda. But now movie directors and producers are coming out and admitting what they're doing."

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  • Ragna Bloodedge 2011/06/28 00:22:23
  • Stormy 2011/06/24 07:40:13
    No
    Stormy
    +1
    So scientific facts regarding CO2 levels and climate change are now considered " left wing propaganda " ? Scientific data is neither left nor right. It is apolitical and should be treated as such. Children need to be educated about climate change so they can educate their ignorant right wing conspiracy theory loving parents, and blame them for climate change inaction. Good one.
  • Melissa... Stormy 2011/06/24 22:13:39
    Melissa.Isom
    +4
    Scientific data?! LMAO!! Good one.
  • Stormy Melissa... 2011/07/04 06:45:49
    Stormy
    +1
    That's right scientific data. Ton's of it. If only you had the intellectual curiosity of a child you might have taken some time to try and read it. Too busy LYAO obviously.
  • KoolGuyL Melissa... 2012/03/03 03:12:42
    KoolGuyL
    Burning oil is hurting the environment by raising co2 levels. That is a scientific fact. Turn off Faux News and start reading an accredited scientific journal regularly.
  • Joey 2011/06/24 01:20:59
    No
    Joey
    Why do people dig too deep in to movies .

    Lets look at a movies .

    Superman-Lex Luther- This is trying to take down Big Business ?
    ET- Is that trying to take down government regulators
    Shawshank redemption - Is that trying to take out the prison system?
    The Princess and the Frog- It that trying to take down people who have friends on the other side .
  • BubbaHoTep 2011/06/23 15:13:48
    Yes
    BubbaHoTep
    +1
    I don't think it will be a big deal to little kids. It is annoying though. I am for researching and developing alternative energy.....and....for using what we have now until the time comes when we have a real alternative. I expect this will be a very simplistic, propaganda-ish look at the issue.
  • moonchild 2011/06/23 15:09:26
    No
    moonchild
    +1
    Pixar makes incredible movies. The RWNJs complained about WALL-E too. Their movie, their prerogative what message they want to send.
  • stl.shamrock 2011/06/23 13:19:35
    No
    stl.shamrock
    Did anyone complaining about Cars 2 being too political watch Wall-E?

    This is not Pixar's first movie where people with simple minds (kids and some adults) enjoy the bright colors and mindless banter, while those who pay a bit more attention can get a much bigger picture.

    If you don't want to be "preached to" then just watch the movie and enjoy it.
  • (>*~*)>... stl.sha... 2011/06/25 01:57:39
    (>*~*)>Zombiecat<(*-*<)
    Wall E definitely had an underlying meaning. I personally loved it.
  • stl.sha... (>*~*)>... 2011/06/25 03:30:02
    stl.shamrock
    +1
    I did too, but it seems pretty much everyone is whining about "kid's movies are too political"... If someone wants to watch a movie full of double entendres, they can enjoy the film for the kiddie movie it is. Or they can really look through the looking glass and see the other side. Either way, its still the same movie.
  • (>*~*)>... stl.sha... 2011/06/25 12:03:36
    (>*~*)>Zombiecat<(*-*<)
    +1
    I think it had a wonderful message that everyone needs to see.... especially the children..... but I wonder how many noticed. Hopefully it got through.
  • Brandon 2011/06/23 11:34:44
    Yes
    Brandon
    +1
    Absolutely!!!!! On one point alone, you don't want your kids brainwashed. The same people who are here saying YES are the same ones that would be wanting to ban a homosexual lion king, but hey clean energy is good! You are either for or against your children being fed stuff while they are young.
  • moonchild Brandon 2011/06/23 15:11:35
    moonchild
    Yeah- and Cinderella and Snow White brainwashed me as a kid into believing all step moms were evil. lol
  • Brandon moonchild 2011/06/23 15:17:48
    Brandon
    I think you missed the point of my comment.
  • moonchild Brandon 2011/06/23 15:47:48 (edited)
    moonchild
    Perhaps.. I just think brainwashing is a little extreme when it comes to a 90 minute movie. :)
  • Brandon moonchild 2011/06/23 15:56:53
    Brandon
    Depends if it subtly suggest a political agenda.
  • Steve 2011/06/23 09:34:22
    Yes
    Steve
    +3
    Not a fan of big oil, but I am not a fan of propaganda either. To all those promoting electric cars, unless you are prepared to endorse nuclear power, you might want to consider what fuels are used to make electricity. While alternatives exist to fossil fuels and nuclear power, at the moment none of them are being used on a large scale, other than maybe hydroelectric, and then people complain about the dams.
  • BubbaHoTep Steve 2011/06/23 15:07:36
    BubbaHoTep
    Most of them haven't been developed enough technologically to be a real alternative. Ethanol is worse than gas...electric cars are not feasible for people who have a decent drive to and from work, and are not much more efficient than other fuel efficient cars, while costing much more, and there are many more issues.
  • RobertRowe 2011/06/23 07:23:28
    No
    RobertRowe
    only corporate heads and those who want an impossible change see it that way. let's open up the gates and let these alternates in the market if you don't want it don't buy it.

    corporate bullies want the picture for fast mega profit
    http://m.usatoday.com/image/i...

    the others want to instantly change us or limit what we can buy and then get verbally blasted like the following
  • KendraT... RobertRowe 2011/06/23 09:43:45 (edited)
    KendraTaylor
    OMG he talks with repetition at the fullest. =/
  • lil crazy 2011/06/23 07:15:03
    No
    lil crazy
    Why would anyone consider it bad to teach kids about alternative energy anyway.. I mean seriously it is cleaner energy and would improve the air quality or do people really not care about the air quality that their children will have to deal with when they are adults?
  • Nonstoppolitics 2011/06/23 07:03:56
    No
    Nonstoppolitics
    +1
    After all Big Oil has done for our oceans and our pocket books? John Lasseter should be ashamed of himself for depicting Big Oil as anything other than benevolent saints. lol. Seriously, sometimes the bad guys are the bad guys for a reason. There's virtually no downside to alternative energy except it cuts into Big Oil's profits.

    "We conservatives and believers in the free market..." Oh like those free market Big Oil tax subsidies that all conservative Republicans voted to protect.
  • Karl 2011/06/23 06:54:22
    No
    Karl
    +2
    What is it with talking cars, crazy colors, and unrealistic physics that make people take cartoons so seriously?
  • MonkeyTesticals 2011/06/23 06:46:51
  • Sexuallobster 2011/06/23 06:34:09
    No
    Sexuallobster
    +2
    It's having a good message in a child's programming. Relax Gas suppliers.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2011/06/23 06:08:00
    No
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +2
    Whoever would be offended by this is a moron.
  • Orangedragan 2011/06/23 05:26:47
    No
    Orangedragan
    +3
    It's a world populated solely by motorized vehicles, of COURSE there is going to be issues over energy and oil.
  • aazeen 2011/06/23 04:57:03
    No
    aazeen
    no, i don't think so
  • Xinea 2011/06/23 04:46:13
    No
    Xinea
    Who the hell has even seen the movie yet? Also - everything will have a political agenda if you look hard enough. I bet if you give a couple teens enough time with it, it will also be a porno in disguise.
  • Tithead 2011/06/23 04:27:49
    No
    Tithead
    +4
    i don't care who you are, republican, democrat, liberal, conservitive-- we will need alternate energy.
  • Alex 2011/06/23 04:02:50
    Yes
    Alex
    +1
    Like a few fellas have said before me: What happened to the days of Finding Nemo and Toy Story? Seriously.
  • Chad 2011/06/23 03:37:57 (edited)
    No
    Chad
    +3
    A lot of disney movies has had alot of environmental issues in them Just look at Bambi but at the end of the day it's just a movie
  • Chi~Cat 2011/06/23 03:31:14 (edited)
    Yes
    Chi~Cat
    +3
    Indoctrination starts at the very level of the "young ones" with visuals: Let's just go back to horses and carriages. Anyone that voted for this horrendous admin clean up the streets. Obama = "One Termer"

    New Green Agenda: Such horse hockey.

    admin clean streets obama termer green agenda horse hockey obama in green car
  • lil crazy Chi~Cat 2011/06/23 07:17:41
    lil crazy
    +3
    well i would rather live in your picture than this one
    live picture air pollution
  • Chi~Cat lil crazy 2011/06/23 10:48:08
    Chi~Cat
    +1
    Please. It was much worse in the 60s and 70s. What? You live in China?
  • moonchild Chi~Cat 2011/06/23 15:15:42
    moonchild
    +1
    Yeah- because us liberal 'green' agenda driven people fought to turn it around. Of course we're all crazy for wanting to clean up the air we breath.. but had people not stood up in the 60s about these issues, we'd be living in a chemical bath much worse than China right now. Think about it.
  • Chi~Cat moonchild 2011/06/23 15:17:05
    Chi~Cat
    +1
    Learn how to spell~ snooze!
  • lil crazy Chi~Cat 2011/06/23 15:43:05
    lil crazy
    +1
    it was not much worse in the 60's and 70's and no I don't live in China but it doesn't matter because it doesn't matter where the pollution originated, it effects the whole world.
  • SisterGypsy 2011/06/23 03:17:09
    No
    SisterGypsy
    +4
    The only reason I think anyone should even care about it is because of the kids, but they're too young to really understand it. So why not? Besides, promoting alternative energy is a good thing!

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