Looking for some wholesome family entertainment with your kids this week? Be wary of taking them to Cars 2 – as the latest Pixar film has decided to ramp up the cartoon violence and a nice “green energy” message that paints all those old clunkers as evil villains.
Glenn read comments by the director who explained that he was looking to make a spy movie in a world where cars are alive, and he needed to make an “uber bad guy”.
“There's ethanol, there's all this stuff we could be doing and so I thought, well, this could really be cool if you have big oil versus alternative fuel. That's when we crafted the bad guy story. The greatest bad guys you understand. You know where they're coming from. They believe they're doing the right thing. Sometimes it's for greed, sometimes it's for other reasons,” Glenn read.
Dan, a producer for Glenn’s show, was frustrated, as he had planned to take his kids to the movie. “Make a movie about cars that makes my kids laugh. The cars run around and they drive fast and they try to have a race. Why do my kids need to hear about big oil?”
Keith, another producer who had seen the movie over the weekend, couldn’t get over the violence. “There was lot of shooting, a lot of bombs went off and there was even a bomb attached to one of the main characters. He couldn't get it off. So that's what did it for me.”
“I found myself, since I'm a freak anyway, explaining the wonders of the combustion engine to my kids on the way home, ages 8, 5 and 3. I shouldn't feel compelled to do that coming home from a kid’s movie,” Keith added.
The guys explained to Glenn how toe old clunkers were now the villains, leaving Glenn shocked that Doc, a hero in the first film, would have likely been a bad guy in the sequel. Although when talking about Doc Glenn admitted he didn’t know Paul Newman had passed away.
Nevertheless, Paul Newman’s passing gave him the perfect excuse not to take his kids. “ I'm not going to lie to him. I'm going to tell him, Doc is dead. Dead. He was out doing charity work and they marked him as a bad car,” he joked.