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I am the parent of a two year old, darling little boy named Felix. Like many two year old boys he is obsessed with cars, trucks, trains and any other vehicle. As we have netflix streaming as our only source of television he gets to watch a lot of specials and series that aren't regularly shown on network television. And it gives us the ability to become familiar with the theme of each episode of each show that he watches. Recently we came across a series of shorts from the 'Cars' franchise labeled "Mater's Tall Tales". When I sat down with  him to watch it for the first time I was horrified and disgusted by what I found. Follow me below the fold to find out why.

The basic premise of the show is fairly simple. Mater and Lightning McQueen are hanging out somewhere, and Mater makes an outlandish claim that leads into a story of a time when he was "A Firefighter, A Matador, A Pro Wrestler, etc." The content of these tales made me extremely uncomfortable and I can assure you it's something he's never watching again.

In each and every story that Mater tells there are a few key elements.
1. Mater does something heroic and or really cool, and winds up saving Lightning McQueen and or making a fool of him
2. Mater as the epitome of cool in these stories has a gaggle of 'groupie' cars that swoon over him. None of these groupies are given lines and simply serve as objects that showcase just how cool Mater is
3. Despite the fact that the tales are completely outlandish each and every one ends with proof that Mater is in fact telling the truth.

I will give you my least favorite of the shorts as an example.

In the beginning "Rescue Squad Mater", Mater and McQueen are hanging out when a fire engine races by. Mater tells McQueen that he used to be a fire engine, which segues into the story.
As we see Mater all shined up and with a fire-hose nozzle in place of his tow hook the alarm goes off and he is told that the old gasoline and match factory is aflame. He rushes to the scene and begins to expertly put out the fire. There is then a quick cut to two coupe cars with female features, they are spotted like dalmatians and each wears a hat that declares "Fire Squad Mater: Official Groupies". The only line they are given is a giggle "Bow Wow" as Mater shows his firefighting prowess. The story continues to show that Lightning McQueen is trapped in the building. Mater rescues him and rushes him to the hospital. Once there Mater shows up in the operating room dressed as a doctor. He says "Hello Ladies" to two female cars done up in scrub blue and masks, they giggle and make eyes at him. McQueen says disbelievingly "You're a doctor too?" To which Mater replies. "Yep, got my Phd (cut to a diploma on the wall), My MD (cut to another diploma) My STP (cut to some toilet paper on a hanger) and My GTO (cut to a 'female' car who says in a seductive voice "Hello... Doctor!"
As the story ends with Mater claiming he saved McQueens life, McQueen starts arguing that no he didn't. Cutting off the argument, the afore seen GTO rolls by again stating "Heloooo doctor" at which point Mater smugly states "did so" and rolls after her, presumably for some vehicular sexy-times.

Every single story runs like this. The only lines female characters get is to ooh and aah over how manly and sexy this tow truck is (with one exception being the film noir parody where two female cars get a couple lines each and names, of course the only purpose of said lines is to hit on Mater and/or beg for his help).

Now this cartoon is of course, rated E. Apparently the people at Pixar saw no problem with a show that our children both male and female will watch that tells them women are only good for two things: Decoration, and praising or servicing the heroic men around them.

Now you could say that this is just one cartoon program. That it's an isolated thing easily avoided. But I'm really just using this as an example of the sort of programming (in both senses of the word) that our kids are subjected to. Is it any wonder that when little boys are raised to believe women are only there for them and have no wants, needs, or feeling of their own that they then grow up into men who believe the same thing?
It's enough to make you wonder.

Originally posted to A Bleeding God on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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  •  That is precisely why I watch any show (4+ / 0-)

    my 2 year old may see before he ever does. I still have cable, and PBS has good learning programs (Super Why is phenominal, trust me). This is also why the boob-tube is off after his nap; not a lot of educational on in the late afternoon/evening.

    Then again, I found out that a 40-year old watching educational programming actually dumbs you down a bit. I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience.

    "I just wanted to bring down your grim facade and for once, let you see the world as I see it. Giggling in a corner, and bleeding; but you've denied me even that." - The Joker to Batman, Arkham Asylum.

    by DeathDlr73 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:57:14 AM PDT

  •  Mater is modeled on a 1940-something (3+ / 0-)

    one-ton truck of some American make (my inclination is to think International).
    Lightning McQueen is modeled on a 1980-something Ferrari.
    ISTR a Pixar movie, Toy Soldiers, in which the female figures were mostly Barbies that got cannibalized.
    Have you written to the company with your complaint?

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:34:10 AM PDT

  •  Yeah Disney pretends to such high-mindedness (5+ / 0-)

    I say feh. To them and to almost all of the others.

    A show I want to recommend that is something of a counter-example is Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender. I've been wanting to diary that show for a while now. For starters; the female characters in it are every bit as strong as the male characters. The title character, Aang the last Airbender, is male, but at every strata of prominence down from him are strong female characters. One of them being a blind 16 year old earthbender girl who immediately establishes herself as both tough as nails and immodest as hell. Common soldiers depicted are almost always a near-equal mix of male and female. And the devilishly ruthless and cunning Princess Azula is as sharply drawn as she is powerful.

    It is hands down the best Anime I've ever seen. Really very good fantasy fiction, and I say that being something of a Tolkien-snob when it comes to all types of fantasy fiction. Meaning I like almost nothing but Tolkien in the genre. But I fell in love with that world. I'm a grown man so go ahead and tell me I'm a cheeseball. Watch the episode "Zuko Alone" from Season 2 and then tell me that again.

    It's for older kids, in fact it covers a great many subjects which are quite adult, from reincarnation to capital punishment to the pitfalls and corruptions of power, so obviously it'll be later on for your son. What's cool is that the stances taken, and it seemed to me a lot of the overarching theme of the story, is very progressive-minded.

    I also don't want to rec Nickelodeon overmuch. It's remarkable how much crap they put out on a regular basis that in no way comes close to the quality in Avatar. They really had something with this show though. It's not everyday M. Night Shyamalan plucks out a show from the cable line-up to make a full-feature movie about. (not bad IMO but not as good as the show)

    "Every book is like a door"

    by Hammerhand on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:37:06 AM PDT

    •  A friend recommended that show a while ago. (3+ / 0-)
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      Haven't caught it because of the drastic change in viewing habits a young one brings (the DVR is always close to 90% full).

      Nickelodeon lost my vote after a study of SpongeBob found it to be extrodinarily detrimental to both attitude and attention span of viewers.

      "I just wanted to bring down your grim facade and for once, let you see the world as I see it. Giggling in a corner, and bleeding; but you've denied me even that." - The Joker to Batman, Arkham Asylum.

      by DeathDlr73 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:41:43 AM PDT

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      •  Gak that show is awful (2+ / 0-)
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        The whole network, really. Because Godforsaken SpongeBob is on all the damn time.

        Other than Avatar the only other quality they've ever put out is ICarly. I thought that show was really good too.

        "Every book is like a door"

        by Hammerhand on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:47:01 AM PDT

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        •  Another I haven't seen (2+ / 0-)
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          My son is 2, so that may be beyond him a bit. What really disappoints me at the moment is Cartoon Network's killing of Green Lantern, Young Justice, and Clone Wars. Basically, anything with a real story.

          "I just wanted to bring down your grim facade and for once, let you see the world as I see it. Giggling in a corner, and bleeding; but you've denied me even that." - The Joker to Batman, Arkham Asylum.

          by DeathDlr73 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:53:04 AM PDT

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          •  Clones Wars' death was inevitable (2+ / 0-)
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            With Lucasfilm being bought by Disney but Young Justice and Green Lantern's deaths REALLY grate. But then I felt the same way when they canceled Justice League Unlimited and the ThunderCats reboot.

            Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

            by Matt Z on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:24:30 AM PDT

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      •  but at least SpongeBob isn't sexist (1+ / 0-)
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        plus he out-draws Bill O-Reilly 6 to 1.

        I say lay off the kid!

    •  Yes, Yay animated Avatar! (1+ / 0-)
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      and a REAL big "boo" to the Shyamalan film, which completely reversed ALL of the good-bad ethnicities of the characters of the original!

      IN THE ANIMATION, the various "good" characters were all Asian/First Nations types of ethnicity, and the "bad" guys, the warlike, technologist Fire Nation, were Caucasion. IN THE MOVIE, all the good-guys (esp the boy and girl lead, I think) were obviously Caucasians, and the "bad" Fire Nation villian was the only obvious Asian/Latino casting! The second we figured that out from the trailers, we lost ALL interest in the movie.

      There is a sequel series, Legend of Korra, who appears to be Aang's granddaughter??? it's so-so, any story-line would have a hard time living up to the original, 8-). currently waiting, AND WAITING, AND WAITING for season 2. Nickelodeon really has a bad habit of dropping shows that develop "too much" adult audience interest!

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 02:48:09 PM PDT

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      •  I'm going to have to watch the movie again (1+ / 0-)
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        The only thing that seemed off to me on that front was the Water Tribe kids, Katara and Sokka. They obviously were drawn in the animation with darker complexions, and they were very white in the movie.

        And they have two more movies to make yet if they're doing it properly (crossing my fingers), we'll see if they change things up with some of the yet-to-be-revealed characters.

        I liked Korra, but it got really heady really quick. It was pretty intense right from the word go while Avatar was a lot more playful in the beginning. My oldest daughter was with me all the way for Avatar but she didn't like Korra at all. I've been waiting for them to follow up on it also, but am equally wary of Nick.

        If I die without finding out what happened to Zuko's mother I'm going to be very upset.

        "Every book is like a door"

        by Hammerhand on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:16:49 PM PDT

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        •  frankly, I think the fan-base was SO unimpressed (1+ / 0-)
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          with the first movie, I'd be real surprised if they do more. umm, it got a 6% favorable at Rotten Tomatoes. I think a lot more folks than just the fan base were also unimpressed.

          I agree completely about the mystery of Zuko's mother!

          Oh, Korra is kind of interesting if you're also interested in Steampunk...

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:09:36 PM PDT

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          •  Ah well that'll be disappointing if you're right (0+ / 0-)

            about the movie. The whole situation seems pretty unprecedented to me so I'm going to wait and see.

            I was greatly looking forward to the evolution of Zuko, because I am certain Dev Patel would knock it out of the park.

            "Every book is like a door"

            by Hammerhand on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:23:29 PM PDT

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  •  Having seen both "Cars" movies and a few of the... (8+ / 0-)

    vignettes you're speaking of, I think perhaps you're missing the joke.

    In the movies, Mater is the good-hearted, but provincial, best friend of the sleek hot rod, Lightning McQueen.

    So, in these shorts that have upset you, when he's portrayed as being this idolized hero, it's supposed to be funny, not insulting to women.

    I have an 11-year-old boy, and over the years I remember seeing a few of these shorts with him and laughing. They didn't set off any bells with me, but, of course, we all have our triggers set to different levels.

    Both of the "Cars" movies have smart, powerful female characters, if I remember correctly.

    I doubt Pixar would ever do anything to alienate female viewers.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:38:15 AM PDT

    •  Oh I get the joke (4+ / 0-)

      That doesn't make it ok. Just because it's supposed to be humorous that the bumpkin Mater is being lauded in these fantasies as a suave hero doesn't make the complete marginalization of the female characters in the sketches ok in my view. I know the stories are supposed to be parodies, and honestly if there was one or two of the sketches that had female cars swooning over the rust bucket tow truck I'd not have been so appalled. But it's prevalent in every single short. Certain shorts, such as when he is a rock star, and when he is a pro wrestler, they'd be understandable, people in those professions tend to have groupies. But when he's an astronaught, a firefighter, a guy who finds an UFO, or a doctor he STILL has groupies. It's shoehorned into every single story. I get it, he's telling these 'tall tales' and wants to make himself look like a ladies man. I understand how it fits into the narrative, the same way that I understand how Ace Ventura freaking out over having kissed a transgendered woman in the first Ace Ventura: Pet Detective movie fits into that films narrative. That doesn't make the joke less offensive.  Just because something is "supposed to be funny" doesn't mean that it gets a pass on the "insulting to women" part.

      P.S. I hope my above response doesn't come across as confrontational to you, the internet is very bad at getting tone across so to be clear I'm not coming after you in any way, just explaining my reasoning behind the dislike of this show.

      •  I respect your opinion... (1+ / 0-)
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        and, like you, I chose my words carefully as to not come across as confrontational.

        You're right. The internet and tone aren't a good mix, and people can become uncivil at the drop of a hat.

        I see what you're saying.

        How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

        by BenderRodriguez on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:24:23 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I'm not much of a post-Walt era Disney fan (5+ / 0-)
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      But, this sketch is meant in the post-ironic humor style that kids' shows on Nick and other channels have polished, but Disney has been attempting to catch up to lately.

      Mater is a backwoods character (i.e., removed from direct contact with popular stardom) and simple+older model (i.e., sincere, but perhaps not as keen in memory as he once was) who is google-eyed over being a media star of some sort - with all the trappings that entails.  So, these tales are conveyed by him earnestly, yet the other characters and viewer are supposed to understand otherwise.

      Interesting analysis in the diary, but far more read-in to the potential meanings and effects on kids than this piece deserves, given its context, I feel.

      I grew up with cartoons that included loads of fictional violence (e.g., Wile. E. Coyote), warring animosity (e.g., Tom and Jerry) and even helpless female stereotypes (e.g., Sweet Polly Purebread), but always saw those shows as unreal entertainment.  Unlike Sesame Street, Mister Rogers or the Electric Company, each of which entertained and engaged me - that was the difference in terms of what I took away from any given show back to the real world.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:26:31 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with your take, (1+ / 0-)
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      but did you see Brave?  That movie was very sexist in my opinion - and I wrote a fandango.com review to express my opinion.  That was a Pixar movie.

      The men in the movie had the freedom to do anything at all they wanted.  Be slobs, rough, loud, anything.  I mean, those men were crude.  Yet the women had to be perfect.  The female "heroine" was "liberated" in winning the right not to get married at that particular time, or at all, and to marry a man of her choosing someday if desired.  But the other highly sexist aspect of the movie was not refuted at all.  It disturbed me to think of the children who might have internalized as appropriate the relative freedom of men and women as portrayed in that movie.

      "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

      by Chi on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 02:09:22 PM PDT

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      •  umm, we really liked Brave, because the princess' (2+ / 0-)
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        rebellion against the expectations of her MEDIEVAL WORLD was pretty successful.

        at that time, and in that part of the world, that kind of suppression and circumscribing of possibilities was pretty usual for females who happened to be unlucky enough to be at the top of the social pile. their lives really were confined to being the symbols of property transfers, and breeding stock. (slightly better food, and pretty clothes don't really balance the increased dangers of absolutely mandatory child-bearing--- with medieval medicos in attendance! eek!)

        even peasant girls had SOME more control over the details of their lives, and women in the cities and towns where the middle class was forming had lots more options than your average noblewoman.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:17:08 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, I get it about the time setting; (1+ / 0-)
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          but my point is they did not refute the other sexism in the movie. So the age group that saw it might have thought it was okay. They would not know the historical context anyway. I think an opportunity to address that should have been taken.  After all, there are no such things as queens turning into bears either - so clearly they took some artistic license with reality/history.

          "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

          by Chi on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:08:35 AM PDT

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    •  You're wrong (0+ / 0-)

      about the first cars move (haven't seen the second).  Sally is all right as a vehicular love interest (to borrow a phrase), but that's all she is.  Literally all of the really active characters (McQueen, Mater, the Sheriff, the Hudson Hornet character) are male.  So are the vast majority of supporting characters.  There's no reason for this.

      There are quite a number of kids' shows these days that send good to decent gender-equality messages (off the top of my head among those my son has liked: The Backyardigans, and that one with the female talking dog I am for some reason blanking on right now) -- but the Cars franchise isn't really one of them.

      •  That's not entirely true. Sally is an (0+ / 0-)

        attorney that moved there from a big city after staying for the view and she owns the renovated hotel. And she seems to have just as much dialogue as the other characters if I remember correctly, especially in the courthouse. And as McQueen thinks he can sweet talk her, she finds it annoying and calls his bluff for 'kerchow'.

  •  Same as it ever was... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:42:51 AM PDT

  •  A boyfriend of mine in college (during the (8+ / 0-)

    Reagan era) compared his old, beater car to "me," and a much newer, nicer car we saw to "a really sexy girl."

    He was amazed when I stopped returning his calls. Cold. No explanation. If I'd been the "really sexy girl" whom he was "complimenting" by comparing her to a hot car, I now believe I would have shafted him, just the same.

    (Weren't the 1980s a delight? :)

    This garbage goes on all the time. It's a feature of the rape culture. It's abeted by the likes of Rush Limbaugh. Pixar should be ashamed. Let's call out misogynist portrayals in entertainment, wherever they crop up.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:00:39 AM PDT

  •  You are seriously overthinking it (7+ / 0-)

    If anything, the Mater character is a negative stereotype against southerners.  He's voiced by "Larry the Cable Guy" who is essentially the blackface equivalent of a buck-toothed "redneck" caricature.  The whole point of those cartoons is that Mater is an idiot and comes up with ridiculous ideas.  If you watch the actual "Cars" movie, you'll see women with more prominent and normal roles.  Ms. Sally is the love interest of Lightning McQueen, but she is smart (a lawyer), caring, and is sort of the strength behind the entire town.  Flow is more of a behind the scenes matriarchal type, perhaps a negative stereotype in that regard but nobody treats her as inferior.  It sounds to me like you aren't familiar with the context of the Cars universe, so the clips you have seen aren't sitting well with you.

    •  As I said in my above reply to another. (4+ / 0-)

      I understand how it fits into the universe. I still don't think it makes it all right. In fact I'd have been a lot more comfortable with it if at the end of each of the stories something didn't happen to prove that Mater is indeed telling the truth. In the example I mention in my diary even after he's done telling the story and is arguing with McQueen over whether or not it happened, "his" GTO rolls by and says "Helloooo doctor" again, thereby proving that the stories aren't just a product of him trying to puff himself up, that they actually happened how he said. So yes, he's a redneck stereotype, that doesn't make the treatment of women in the show any better, and just because this treatment wasn't evident in the movie doesn't make it's appearance here ok.

    •  And those are the only two female (0+ / 0-)

      characters in the entire movie that I remember (haven't seen the second movie, which I understand adds one more), excepting a single character who's even more marginally "supporting" than Flow is.

  •  I loathe both Mater and Larry the Cable Guy. (3+ / 0-)
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    Their being the "heroes" of the Cars franchise irks me to no end. All Larry is is a celebration of human stupidity and bigotry and he transfers ALL of that bad conservative mojo to Mater and sends a piss-poor message to kids in the audience. I do not understand why John Lassetter loves that character so much. He is everything that is WRONG with America, not everything that's right with it as Lassetter claims. I simply do not get it.

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:08:45 AM PDT

    •  John Lassetter loves Mater for the same (1+ / 0-)
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      reason Larry the Cable Guy got rich. Right or wrong, there is a market for it in this country, and a movie has to make money for the studio.

      Look at it this way: without some lowbrow humor to bring in the money, would Wall-E or other really good films have been made?

      "I just wanted to bring down your grim facade and for once, let you see the world as I see it. Giggling in a corner, and bleeding; but you've denied me even that." - The Joker to Batman, Arkham Asylum.

      by DeathDlr73 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:36:53 AM PDT

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      •  Except Cars abd Cars 2 (0+ / 0-)

        were two of Pixar's least successful movies at the box office. Yes, they were hits but they made the least amount of money for any Pixar film since A Bug's Life. True, the first movie had a REALLY successful toyline to justify a sequel but the toy sales for the second movie's toys were atrocious. Ironically it's the intelligent, thoughtful Pixar movies like Wall-E and Up that tend to make more money than the "crowd-pleasers" (the Toy Story films excepted).

        Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

        by Matt Z on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 01:03:44 PM PDT

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  •  First world problems rear their ugly head again. (2+ / 0-)
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    "Jesus Christ was black, ronald reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11." Huey Freeman

    by cee4 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:47:09 AM PDT

  •  I might actually like these (3+ / 0-)
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    It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 12:00:48 PM PDT

  •  Well the grandson (0+ / 0-)

    just turned 5...he gets the joke...as we live in CO the mater southern hick accent is funny...we do the netflix so he doesn't have to watch the "buy this cool thing ads..

    I knowa two year old hasn't the cognitive development to see what you see... he sees a talking truck..and does not even know what it is saying....
    How are you gonna censor ah I mean filter everything..give him a couple of baby dolls or a princess and castle to even it out..
    http://www.youtube.com/...

  •  Another good female role model, if you can find it (0+ / 0-)

    is Moribitu: Guardian of the Spirit. Animated.

    Also comes in other forms, manga and a really gorgeous edition from Scholastic. Who then decided (the rackafrazzin' dopes!) that the first 2 (of 12!) volumes of the series didn't sell well enough, so they weren't gonna' do the rest.

    So I guess I gotta' learn Japanese or get my kid to help me find in on-line! (fan volunteer translations, maybe?)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:58:56 PM PDT

  •  You've got a two year old (0+ / 0-)

    So why not have him watch Little Bear?  That was my favorite of all the children's shows my kibbles watched when they were tiny.  Further more, it is spoken in good english.  Plenty of time for your little one to go onto more sophisticated fare.  And then you might consider outlawing anything on the television other than educational programs.  That's what I did after enough viewings of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Ed, Edd, & Eddie.  To this day my kids loathe the sit-com meta that the dumb, disrespectful kid is the cool, attractive one.

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