Five Ways Toy Story 3 Is Not Like The Obama Administration

 

Every Monday, I post a culture column on my website, AndrewKlavan.com and then go on the Mike Gallagher show to chat about it. In all modesty, or in some modesty, I thought today’s column – titled as above – was worth linking to:

Toy Story 3 centers around an apparently lovable and benign leader who is really a corrupt bully – so okay, it’s like the Obama Administration there. But in the movie, even the Barbie doll understands that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed…

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    @RobLong

    Can I add a sixth? Toy Story 3 made me want Toy Story 4, whereas Obama Administration 1 does not make me want Obama Administration 2.

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    @OttomanUmpire

    Why do animated features seem to embrace conservative, or at least libertarian, ideas to a greater degree than the their non-animated cousins? Is it because Tom Hanks’ politics really don’t matter if he’s just mouthing some lines (and presumably obligated to do so)?

    I mean, look at The Incredibles, with its emphasis on individualism against the homogenizing efforts of the state. Or even Cars, with its respect for tradition, loyalty, and personal responsibility — not to mention NASCAR demographic.

    How do they do it? Are animators, and the people who write for them, a different breed? Or is it more a matter of what necessarily sells with kids who haven’t yet been corrupted by our system of higher education?

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    @FeliciaB

    I love it! Thanks, Andrew!

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    Just saw the movie. Fantastic. And great lessons drawn therefrom, Drew.

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    @CharlesAllen

    Alas Rob, the ending of TS3 made clear that there will not be a TS4. And perhaps that is a good thing.

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