environmental message

let’s talk about how amazing Avatar: The Last Airbender is for a second
  • Fantasy world not based on typical medieval Europe
  • Was a children’s show that openly discussed war, death and genocide
  • Had several handicapped characters, one of whom was the show’s most powerful person
  • Every single character was a person of color, drawn to represent Asian and Inuit peoples
  • Had a character story arc centered around both emotional and physical parental abuse, whose arc was about learning that they didn’t need the parent who abused them
  • Absolutely BEAUTIFUL ART STYLE AND DIRECTION
  • Three dimensional writing that rivals even most adult dramas
  • Characters dealt with sexism in society
  • Showed citizens on both sides of the war, including showing how the people in the enemy nation were merely influenced by propaganda and an oppressive regime
  • Had romances that developed overtime and actually talked about the issues of forming a relationship instead of just “and now they’re in love.”
  • Characters died. On a children’s show. Characters who you fucking knew! Who had story arcs and were their friends and were kids like them!
  • When those characters died, they left an impact. It wasn’t ignored after a few episodes, the feelings they had for these characters stayed through the entire show
  • Had environmental messages that weren’t cheesy, and they made you take the destruction of the environment seriously
  • SUPERB world building, fleshing out many cultures and histories that always felt real
  • Had a magic system that never felt like magic. It always felt natural and like a solid part of this world with rules that couldn’t be broken
  • The cute animal sidekicks weren’t just there to sell toys. They were characters who had so much emotion to them and were vital parts of the show’s dynamic. Also, the animals never talked yet somehow still portrayed an insane emotional level that some Disney films only dream of
  • Spawned a sequel series that dealt not only with sexism, but with sexuality, religion, and the benefits and dangers from the rapid progression of technology

The point is, Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest shows of all time and the proof is right there

Michael After Midnight: Once Upon a Forest

In the 90s, animated environmentalism was the really in thing to make. We had stuff like FernGully and Captain Planet, which are two of my favorite cheesy guilty pleasures, beating us over the head with eco-friendly lessons that, to be honest, we kind of needed, even if they weren’t always handled well. And then you have Once Upon a Forest, which is quite frankly an odd and incredibly obscure film whose one claim to fame is getting a review from the Nostalgia Critic. These days it apparently has something of a cult following, but why?

Well, let’s see the story first: We’ve got a forest full of cute little critters. One day, these cute critters find the forest becoming polluted and dying; as it turns out, a broken glass bottle caused a chemical truck to crash, causing the forest to become flooded with toxic gas. A small child, Michelle, ran into some gas and is now on the brink of dying; it’s up to her little friends to find her the cure, but can they get it in time?

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i wish that more people would take a page out of miyazaki’s book and actually learn how to deliver a pro-environmental message without coming across as annoyingly preachy or anti-technology and progress

dusty-jester  asked:

what are your thoughts on the 3 pre heisei era kamen rider films: Shin, J, ZO and would you recommend watching them?

Ooooo good question! After the hiatus Kamen Rider took in the early 1980s, the failure to launch a new series in 1984 with the Kamen Rider ZX special and the success of the two Kamen Rider Black series, the franchise when back into hibernation for a bit.  The only new entries were the three film you are asking about, which started in 1991 with a straight to video entry while the next two were parts of the Toei Hero Fair festival showings paired with film versions of their TV tokusatsu entries of the time.

Let’s start with Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

This was the straight to video, V-Cinema release intended to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Kamen Rider franchise with an entirely new, re-imagined version of the character for a more adult audience.  I am not going to mince words and just say this one is the weakest of the three films.  A lot of the blame for this is reflected in the subtitle of the film itself: Prologue.  This was meant to be the origin story for a hero design to launch a series.  The fact that there was never a series speaks to the relative failure of this film.  That’s kind of sad because what we are shown in this film is intriguing, even if it takes a while to get there.

This version of Kamen Rider is the first to deal with genetic manipulation as the origin of the hero rather than cybernetics or other technological means of transforming.  Our hero, Shin, becomes infused with the genetics of a grasshopper.  Why a grasshopper?  Well, according to the scientist responsible, after the apocalypse….

Sure.

Thanks to being genetically manipulated and not having a technological transformation, Shin’s is kind of painful looking and entirely biological.  It also leaves him looking the most like what we would expect to be a monster in any other Rider entry.

The tone of the film is very dark and going for mature and violent while holding back the big fight scene until the end and not really giving us any closure as it was intended to launch a new series that never happened.  What we did get though was some very out of place and random nudity:

plus a heaping helping of gore:

It didn’t really appeal to the intended market and the more mature content kept it out of the reach of kids who might have enjoyed it so it fell into a kind of limbo. It’s kind of a shame because these days, it might have worked on a streaming platform as is evidenced by the success of the similarly violent Amazon Prime Japan series Kamen Rider Amazons.

Skip ahead two years and a more family friendly but still VERY DARK Kamen Rider would grace the screens of Japanese theaters along with the Gosei Sentai Dairanger movie and the Tokusou Robo Janperson film as the 1993 Toei Hero Fair.  This one was directed and art designed by my favorite modern tokusatsu creator, Keita Amemiya and also the very first Kamen Rider media I ever got the chance to watch, Kamen Rider ZO.

Oh man, I could gush about this movie for ages and it always makes my list of favorite Kamen Rider properties as well as recommendations for starting points for people looking to get into the franchise.  It has just about everything I love about this particular tokusatsu hero; great monster designs, fantastic fight scenes, a compelling narrative and a likable hero.

Just look at these monsters:

The design work on this movie alone sold it for me and I still go back and watch it every now and then when I want a reminder of how good both mid-90s tokusatsu and Keita Amemiya’s early work was.  I could go on more but I’ll make this one simple, WATCH IT!

Finally, in 1994, Toei’s Hero Festival brought the world Kamen Rider J.

This was another product of Keita Amemiya and along with the previous film and the next year’s Mechanical Violator Hakaider formed his Toei Tokusatsu Trilogy. It brings the same awesome design sensibilities and action as the previous entry but also brought one other thing, Yūta Mochizuki who has previously played Geki in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger as the new Kamen Rider, Koji.

Our villains this time are agents of the Space Mecha Beast Fog Mother who travels from planet to planet to devour all life on that world to spawn her children.  They have a pretty sweet base of operations, a giant moving castle with an interior that looks like it was decorated by H.R. Giger and Clive Barker.

It turns out this is actually Fog Mother’s second visit to Earth.  It came once before, 65 million years ago.  You can guess what happened then:

So, now they are back to do the same thing to humanity!  Fortunately, Koji gets found by representatives of the spirits of the Earth and turned into Kamen Rider J, who, along with his talking grasshopper companion are the only hope to stop Fog Mother and save all life on the planet!

Once again, the monster designs are pretty good.  Maybe not as memorable as the ones from Kamen Rider ZO, but still pretty great.

Eventually, J works his way through the monsters around him and has to battle Fog Mother itself, which turns out to be the giant castle!  That’s when J does what he is best known for, growing.  J is the only Kamen Rider capable of stealing Ultraman’s shtick and becoming a giant!

Ok, here’s the thing about Kamen Rider J.  It has a pretty unsubtle environmental message.  The hero is an environmental journalist, the movie makes a point to note all the climate changes causes natural disasters around the world and the young girl in the film is seen morning the deaths of birds and squirrels. Of course, all of this is pretty much blamed on Fog Mother but it still has all the subtlety of an episode of Captain Planet. It don’t mind a movie with a message but this one comes across as ham-fisted.

It also lacks much in the way of character development and just moves from one setpiece fight to another.  This is, of course, partially the blame of the short format these festival movies have to have but ZO seemed to use those limitations to tell a more compelling story.

One thing I just heard the other day regards the similarities in the looks between Kamen Rider ZO and Kamen Rider J themselves.  Just take a look and you can tell they were based on the same design.

Apparently, they were intended as sort of modern (for the mid-1990s) versions of Kamen Rider Ichigo and Kamen Rider Niigo, based on very similar designs and meant to meet and work together.  This only came about in the VERY short film Kamen Rider World which showed at special events and theme parks.

So, are they worth watching?  Shin Kamen Rider is a neat glimpse into an alternate take on the character, Kamen Rider ZO is essential viewing and Kamen Rider J is a fun romp with some great design work.  So, yes, they are all worth your time.

Thanks for the question!

anonymous asked:

hey there is a mod called "Shut up, SAM" at NexusMods and it does exactly what the title promises - it removes SAM's environmental messages regarding mining zones and environmental hazards. could you link it here so the word gets out? I can't be the only one who hates his constant comments.

Okay it’s here

what a title………… poor SAM

Timeline of Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe

2018: S.C.O.O.B.

2019: The Invincible Grape Ape, where he is confirmed as a kaiju.

*A different studio then acquires the rights to all Cartoon-Cartoons, and in a bizarre legal twist, the Flintstones and Tom and Jerry, splitting the universe into two separate franchises, this is indicated in the timeline with a (CC)

2019 (CC): Untitled Powerpuff Girls live action movie

2020: Yogi, an environmentalist themed action movie that pits animal versus human. In the climatic scene, it turns out that the antagonist is actually a robot, and the humans team up with Yogi to defeat him. In the post credit scene, we see Boo-Boo studying the remains of the robot in order to build his own robotic armor in the hopes of being as powerful as his idol Yogi.

2020 (CC): Bravo. The studio in charge of the Johnny Bravo movie reboots the franchise to appeal to a more adult audience: now, rather than being constantly rejected, Johnny is a rich playboy who gets all the babes he wants until his friend, Carl, threatens to take it all away from him.

2021: The Hound. Huckleberry Hound has been hired by a mercenary corporation to take out insurgents in the Middle East. The movie ends with the reveal that Huckleberry’s employers, the enigmatic S.A.W.Y.E.R., were actually using him to commit war crimes. 

*A third studio acquires the rights to The Berenstain Bears,  denoted by (BB).

2022: Untitled S.C.O.O.B sequel. Teases for the upcoming Barbera movie.

2022 (CC): Boy Genius. Dexter faces of against Mandark, who has stolen his sister and arranged a marriage between them in order to gain access to Dexter’s family fortune. Dexter fails at his task, only to awaken with his sister safe. Unbeknownst to him, Monkey had save the day after Dexter had been defeated, thwarting Mandark’s plans.

2022 (BB): The Berenstain Bears. A standard, mediocre action movie staring the Berenstain Bears. Many critics denounce it as being a ripoff of the better received Yogi movie.

2022: Barbera. When the the entire world is threatened, Earth’s mightiest warriors assemble. Scooby, Shaggy, Yogi, Huckleberry Hound, Grape Ape, and the newly introduced Smurfette team up to stop an army of nondescript aliens from destroying the planet.

2023 (CC): Flintstones. Quickly becoming the CC studios star franchise, the Flintstones raises to the top of the industry due to the properties previous fame as a hit television program.

2023: Yogi 2.

2023 (CC): The Cartoons. Dexter forms a guild of heroes alongside the Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and a diverse cast of lesser known cartoons. Notably absent from the roster are Cow and Chicken.

2023: Hound 2.

2024 (CC): Flintstones 2

2024: Untitled third movie in the S.C.O.O.B. series

2024 (BB). Untitled Berenstain Bears sequel. This movie is critically panned, with many critics citing the bizarre and frankly stupid introduction of an alternative “Baerenstein” universe as chief among the movie’s flaws.

2024 (CC): Cartoon 2. Of particular note, Jerry from Tom and Jerry makes an appearance in this movie, and quickly gains a cut following.

2025: Barbera 2. The original studio has managed to gain the rights to Tom and Jerry for this movie. In a climatic scene towards the climax of the movie, Tom sacrifices himself to save Jerry’s life.

2025 (CC): Flintstones 3. The third installment of the Flintstones franchise is heavily pained, in part owing to a scene where Fred rather embarrassingly dances down a street. The series is put on hiatus. 

2025: Captain Planet. Critics are surprised by the well adapted Captain Planet movie, which features an emotional environmental message and has a remarkably developed humor to it. Captain Planet quickly becomes a fan favorite as it is hint that he will later feature in the Barbera movies.

2026: Agents of S.C.O.O.B. Owing to the success of the cinematic universe, Hanna-Barbera launches a television series featuring Daphne, Fred, and Velma, with Dynomutt filling in for Scooby.

2026: The Jetsons. The Jetsons movie is met with positive feedback, citing the sci-fi setting as a nice change of pace in the franchise. Fans wonder if the Jetson will ever interact with the main cast of heroes.

2026 (CC): Cartoon 3. Following the disaster that was Flintstones 3, Cartoon-Cartoons has decided to focus entirely on the Cartoon series. 

2027: S.C.O.O.B. Civil War. After an argument on the best flavor of Scooby Snacks, Scooby and Shaggy get into a bitter fight that test both their resolve and friendship. Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi, and Boo-Boo join Scooby in his fight against Shaggy, Grape Ape, and Smurfette. Additionally, the Hanna-Barbera movie recently acquired the rights to the Flintstones, and Bamm-Bamm joins the fight on the side of Shaggy. Things get even weirder when Scooby recruits one of his oldest friends, Pac-Man, to help him. The Climax of the movie reveals that the fight had been secretly planned and orchestrated by none other than Scrappy, who had poisoned the Scooby Snacks so that they would taste differently to Scooby and Shaggy. His ultimate plan was to release Josie and the Pussycats from their deep-freeze hibernation and use their power to take over the world, but it was thwarted when Pac-Man, who was mostly a neutral party, stops him; in the process, he too realizes that he has ghost in his past that he needs to move on from. 

2027: Hong Kong. Previously deemed to racist too make a movie out of, Hanna-Barbera works around this problem by whitewashing the cast. The movie turns out to be a mediocre physiological thriller about Hong Kong Phooey.

2027 (CC): Cow and Chicken. In a surprise development, Cartoon-Cartoon released the long awaited Cow and Chicken movie. The movie, being the first in either series to be rated R, quickly gained a massive following and became of the most iconic in the franchise despite its low budget.

2027 (BB): The Bears. This movie fucking sucks.

@britchan Oh really? I didn’t know there were two. The one I saw was the one they aired right after Pokémon on TV in the early 2000s. I know this cause the one time I watched it was when it came on right after Pokémon. It was an episode called “Under The Weather”; it’s the one where Sakura is sick but she still risks going out in her PJs to capture a card.

The person I was replying to I think was referring to Cardcaptors. I had said that I thought it wasn’t that different than the original series, since the plot seemed basically the same. It’s not like with the Tokyo Mew Mew dub, Mew Mew Power, where they stripped the show of its environmental message, which kinda ruins the whole thing (cause after all, the bad guys’ whole mission in that show is that their planet became inhospitable, and they want to take over our planet as their new home, and they justify this by saying that we humans are doing such a terrible job protecting our environment that we don’t deserve to live here). With Cardcaptors they kept the show’s name at least similar, kept the plot about capturing mystical cards, etc. Granted, they Americanized some of the names - Tomoyo became Madison, Touya became Tori, etc. Sakura’s name stayed the same except now it’s pronounced “Sa- KOO-Ra.” Li’s name became Li Showron I think. (His name was always kinda weird, cause he was supposed to be from China, but CCS was in Japanese, and although Japanese kanji is borrowed from Chinese, Chinese and Japanese have different pronunciations for the same characters. Like the character for “moon” is pronounced yue in Chinese but tsuki in Japanese, despite being written exactly the same). They also changed some of the cultural references - like in the Illusion Card episode, Madison claims to have seen a hamburger when they encounter the Card in the woods (rather than a nikuman as in the original show). The person I was replying to claimed that in Cardcaptors they downplayed Sakura’s role in favor of making Li a more prominent character, rather than just making them rivals - and later love interests - as in the original show. In the original show, Li thought he should be the Master of the Clow cause he was descended from Clow Reed. And he did manage to claim eight Clow Cards in the anime, including The Time, a rather powerful card. Once Sakura was declared Master of the Clow by Yue, however, she and Li became friends and allies. Apparently this is not true in Cardcaptors.

The original context of this was a conversation I was having about anime dubs with someone after I reblogged a Wikimoon Tumblr post about the kinda stupid changes they made to Sailor Stars in Italy during its initial run, due to some psychologist claiming the Starlights changing gender would mess with kids’ ideas about sex and like scar them forever or something. I used Cardcaptors as an example of an anime dub where they didn’t make drastic changes to the show. But apparently, I was wrong about that maybe.

anonymous asked:

Have they seen the cartoon or real life version of the Jungle Book?

I don’t think they would’ve gone to see the cartoon version in 1967 just because they wouldn’t have had much of a reason to. But I imagine they took the kids and made a “family outing” to see the live action remake.

Norway liked the cinematography and everything but he didn’t care for the story. And he absolutely hated Mowgli

Finland liked the animal characters (except Baloo) and he thought the environmental message was kind of hamfisted but well meaning. Unfortunately, there’s a reason why humans cannot live in animal habits and the movie explores it

Sweden… honestly he fell asleep and didn’t wake up till the movie was almost over so all he really saw was the fire scene.

Iceland did not care for the movie that much. He thought the special effects and the CGI were really bad and noticeable. The one thing he was impressed by was Ka the (monstrously huge) python

Denmark thought the whole thing was weird and trippy. He just sort of watched and took in with no strong opinions about the movie itself. He was freaked out by Ka and he laughed at King Louie (why the hell was he that big? Was he like a mutant orangutan or something? And they’re not native to India)

Mod Amanda (tbh I’ve seen it and it’s weird as hell)

i’m kinda late, but there you go

thanks for fulfilling my dream of creating the perfect amalgamation of
the shitty kids movies

i don’t even know whether i had a blast with this or gave myself cancer

“”“Plot”“” points:

  • Due to some stupid shenanigans MC falls down into the sewers;
  • He finds out that barely anyone has seen the outside world there;
  • MC meets the sidekick, who also fell down when he was just a baby and has been dreaming about getting out his whole life;
  • His pointless devices are introduced and immediately forgotten;
  • MC hypes himself as the savior who can lead everyone outside, becomes rich and famous;
  • He meets the token girl who’s been looking for the exit for ages and doesn’t believe MC;
  • Also finds out about the evil guy who doesn’t like MC getting all the attention and doesn’t want anyone to get out because then he’d be out of money or something;
  • Bland and shallow “heartwarming” scene of the token girl opening up to the MC and revealing her true soft nature and/or tragic past,
  • followed by some sexual tension between them, most likely an interrupted kiss;
  • MC’s liar reveal wastes almost half an hour, everyone leaves him;
  • MC finds out that the villain had the key to the exit all along and begs his friends to trust him one more time;
  • They attend the villain’s party; the token girl walks out to the MC in a sexy dress and he comments on her beauty with a reluctant stutter;
  • MC tries to steal the key and fails, shit goes down, villain captures the token girl;
  • MC saves the day with the aid of sidekick’s deus ex machinas, most likely cold-bloodely murdering the villain along the way;
  • MC frees everyone and becomes a hero;
  • If you’re thinking about the consequences of all those underground creatures getting outside, just stop and chill, don’t overanalyze a kid’s movie bruh;
  • MC and the token girl bicker with each other a bit more and then start passionately making out, while the sidekick makes excited noises;
  • We’ll probably make around ten sequels about their children that are horrifying concoctions of interspecies cross-breeding;
  • Also throw in some fat nerdy chick we’ve never seen before for the sidekick in the last scene, to fill the required straight romance quota.

Other highlights of the movie:

  • shitty motion capture
  • a generic song that doesn’t advance the plot or develops the characters, crammed in somewhere, even though this isn’t a musical
  • at least one knee-slapping scene where a guy ridiculously crossdresses
  • at least one scene where someone gets kicked in the balls
  • that scene where the token girl walks in in slo-mo, pink glitter filter and tracking shot that points out how sexy her walk cycle is
  • at least a handful of innuendos that kids won’t get but adults will laugh their asses off at
  • at least one scene where the token girl rolls her eyes and says “men”
  • optional twerking / selfie / blogging joke that makes you cry
  • godawful puns
  • forced environmental message about the sewers??
  • another forced message about “being yourself”
  • another friendly reminder that money is bad, thanks for your movie tickets
  • absolutely no memory of this movie as soon as you walk out of the theatre, except for “wow that was atrocious”

Movie Rec Monday: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

One of Miyazaki’s first films, and in my opinion, one of the best. I’m a bit of a sucker for dystopian settings, and this movie does an excellent job of combining that with the same environmental message of the later “Princess Mononoke.” It also features a kind, yet kickass female lead, who has some fun futuristic toys at her disposal. If you haven’t seen this classic, you should!

Friendly reminder that K A Applegate had anti-racist, anti-sexist, pro-nonbinary gender, pro-nonbinary sexuality, pro-environmental, and pro-tolerance messages in a book series aimed at children. She also encouraged readers to appreciate the goods things in their lives, find constructive ways to fight the bad things, and take comfort and courage from those quiet moments where everyone else thinks you’re defeated. She also also portrayed multiple religions respectfully and accurately. And if you don’t think that’s awesome, you can just get on out of my face.

Me: Many of Dr. Seuss’s books are allegories for deeper and more complex topics. An obvious example of this is ‘The Lorax’ with its message about environmentalism. But this extends to many of his other works too. ‘The Butter Battle’ was a metaphor for the Cold War, ‘Yertle the Turtle’ was a riff on Hitler and despotism, and of course ‘The Sneetches’ was a—

Obtuse people: Ugh shut UP those are kid’s picture books it’s not that DEEP u r such a moron y r u such a moron children’s fiction is always shallow and obvious because kids r dumb so if the book (or show) doesn’t OUTRIGHT SAY it’s a metaphor for something then it’s not STOP REACHING

Me:

Originally posted by ashleytwo

Cat's Obtuse Halloween Costume Stumps Everyone

Abigail is the reigning queen of Halloween among her friends and co-workers. At least, she was.

“You can always count on Abigail to win the company costume contest,” says colleague Ron Simmons. “Last year she was Left Shark. The year before that, she was a chimichanga with actual, edible queso in her costume.”

But this year’s get-up has many friends baffled.

“It’s just a plastic bag. Is she supposed to be trash?” posits Tiffany Unger, Abigail’s roommate.

“Maybe she’s groceries,” says Ryan O'Toole, a longtime friend. “I don’t know.”

Abigail won’t reveal the theme of her costume, hoping instead that people will just “get it,” according to sources familiar with the situation.

“I guess it has some sort of political or environmental message,” O'Toole speculates. “I think she’s lost her edge.”

via @choyoungmi62

themegakiller98-deactivated2016  asked:

Is it ok to discuss some unpopular Ghibli opinions? If so, here are mine: I think Nausicaa was way too preachy, I did not agree with the main character's motives and I am so sick to death of environmental messages, I really was expecting something more out of the first Ghibli film I saw; didn't like it. Lupin the Third while not a Ghibli movie is in my top 3 Miyazaki movies! Princess Mononoke SUUUUUCKS!! I am sorry but I so hate this movie. All I hated from Nausicaa is back and even worse!! You?

You are free to express any of your opinions. ^__^

I would like to point out that Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was released in 1984, two decades before this post-millennium surge in environmentalism. And that’s what I love about Hayao Miyazaki, even in the 80s, from the very moment Studio Ghibli was founded, he was promoting his strong belief in environmentalism, pacifism and feminism in his films, long before it was “trendy” like it is at the moment. It has taken Disney 75 years to finally do anything remotely feminist, and I highly suspect that was due to the pressure they were under to do so. I adore Hayao Miyazaki’s sincere passion for equality, whether that’s between mankind and nature, or men and women.

I don’t know if I have any unpopular opinions regarding Studio Ghibli, or none that I can think of off the top of my head. xoxox

Me and my friend haniemohd got to talking about this whole Miss Officer and Mr Truffles thing about how people would feed the wild bears at parks and all that from when they were cubs cos people think they’re cute but this it actually dangerous cos the bears then depends on people for food and when they can’t get any they might get all rogue-y (her words, which is think is a pretty cool word which is why I’m using it here, hah!) and attack people so she said that this whole Miss Officer and Mr Truffles thing is a good platform to send out environmental messages like this, but I didn’t know how to go about doing this yet, so I got to watching Suzanne Bourque’s interview and how she had a stern talking with the cub and it gave me this idea for the comic.

I didn’t have much space at the bottom there cos I made a mistake in the layout to place a message about why feeding bears can get them euthanized but I think (hope) people get the message anyway.

It’s the least they could do.

5 Movie Ratings That Would Actually Be Helpful

#5. If the Writer Has a Weird Political Ax to Grind

Sometimes this shit is obvious (I’m pretty sure no one is surprised that The Day After Tomorrow has a heavy-handed environmental message) but other times, it’s out of nowhere. Who expected Ghostbusters to be violently anti-big-government? Or the Saw movies to endorse Obamacare? Or that Avatar – a sci-fi adventure about blue-space-alien sex set in a space-jungle and filmed entirely with space-cameras – would name-check the War on Terror? Or – possibly weirdest of all – that Star Trek: Into Darkness (Fuck you, J.J. Abrams, that title needs a colon) is secretly about 9/11 Trutherism?

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