*** The opinions in this blog are solely those of me, Derek Caldwell, and do not necessarily represent those of the other bloggers of LTBM ***
Somewhat recently my wife and I sat down to watch another feel-good Disney movie. She is appalled that I haven’t seen more of them. But I was too busy as a child watching G.I. Joe, Thundercats, and He-Man. But being in a good marriage involves mutual submission. So she allows me to be a moron, and I allow her to inundate me with Disney films. And most of them are pretty good actually. Great animation, great scores.
So I bought my wife “Fox and the Hound” for Christmas because I knew she would want it. And then we finally sat down to watch it. My first 2 reactions at the end of the movie were this:
1) I hated it
2) I told my wife that our children would never watch it
Is that too drastic? Am I overreacting to an innocent children’s cartoon? No, because the cartoon is racist. Let me explain:
Some may say that it is speciesist, since the offense occurs between two different species, namely a fox and, you guessed it, a hound. However, Disney is portraying them being able to communicate, be good friends, etc. So the message of the film is less about different species and more about commonalities between groups that look different on the outside. Also, Disney’s movies, when they are focused on animals as the main characters, are anthropomorphic morality pieces. They are meant to give some sort of uplifting message and show how a good person reacts to bad things (which is, of course, by being courageous). So these movies, though about “animals”, are really about us. The animals replaced human characters and display human characteristics. They can be loyal, humorous, compassionate, evil, conniving, greedy, etc. All things that actual animals are not. They are beings lovingly created by God, but without the moral compass they display in Disney movies.
So this orphaned fox (Tod) and this hound (Copper), when they are young and don’t know any better (i.e. don’t know the ways of the world), become the best of friends, having so much fun together. Life is good for Tod at this point. He is adopted by a widow (thanks to his other forest friends) and he has a best friend to play with. What could go wrong?
Well, Copper’s owner takes him and the older, more experienced dog (Chief) off to a hunting trip to teach Copper how to hunt. At the end of this, Slade (the owner), Copper, and Chief return to their homestead. Tod goes to visit Copper, who has grown quite a bit. Copper tells Tod that he still values his friendship, but that they can’t be friends like they once were because now Copper is a hunting dog, and foxes are his mortal enemies (basically).
At this point in the movie, I had no issues. I assumed that this understanding of conditional friendship would eventually be done away with, and that they would understand that they could still be friends despite their differences. I mean, that would be a great message for Disney to teach young children, right? Reconciliation is good, division is bad.
Well, at the end of the movie, Copper saves Tod and allows him to live (again). And Copper’s owner witnesses this, too (the owner had also just been saved by Copper). So here it is, the big moment, the climax of the film where the wrongs of the world will be set right …
But, the owner just leaves with Copper. And at the end of the film, Tod and his “lady friend” look down at the homes of Copper and of the widow. And they are not reconciled, and it is assumed that they live out their lives in this way. And the movie ends.
Wait a minute … what?!
Yes, the movie ends. Nothing is resolved. What did we learn?:
1) The status quo is not meant to be challenged.
2) Differences are not to be celebrated together, but rather those differences should be segregated.
3) The caste system (however you care to define it, i.e. born into an objective reality or born into a structural socioeconomic class) should be maintained. It’s ‘the way it has always been’ and, therefore, it’s the way it should always be.
And this isn’t the only issue. The widow, who decided to take in the young Tod after he had been orphaned, raised him in her home. And when the going got tough, and Tod got into some trouble, she drove this young, untrained fox deep into the woods and abandoned him there.
Seriously, what the heck is wrong with this movie?
So anyway, I was pretty furious after I watched this movie. Seriously. And it takes a lot to make me furious. I think my wife was shocked.
This was the worst movie I have ever seen. You might remember that we here at LTBM posted a blog not too long ago about the worst movies we ever sat through. At the time I chose MacGruber, Well, I now change my mind. This racist piece of filth movie deserves to be in its place. Tod and his animal friends (except for Copper, the conflicted conformist) were the only redeeming quality to this movie. The cute characters don’t do enough to mask a really awful and disgusting message.
So to sum up: this is a racist movie. And I’m not the only one who thinks so (do a quick Google search).
Apparently this cartoon is based off of a book. I think they could have found better source material for friendship and morality in a different book. For example:
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Paul’s letter to the Galatian Church, chapter 3, verse 28)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (Direct quote from Jesus, recorded in John’s Gospel, chapter 13, verse 34)
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (The letter of James, Jesus’ half brother, chapter 1, verse 27)
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” (Words of the Lord prophesied by the prophet Isaiah. Recorded in the book of Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 17)
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (The Gospel of the Apostle John, chapter 15, verse 3. This is what Jesus has done for us, and it is his hope that we would follow that example and do it for others. The amazing thing is that Jesus didn’t just die for his friends, but also the enemies who opposed him. Even the Roman Soldiers who nailed his body to a cross!)
Wow! Now that seems like a Good Book to base a movie off of!