Animated family films are at their best when the main story is saying something more. Think about all the films Pixar has made in recent years. Is Wall-E just about a robot cleaning a planet? Is Up really just about a flying house? Of course not. These stories are used to teach us all some of life’s valuable lessons.

Other films use their stories to push agendas and ideologies. Michael Moore’s documentaries immediately come to mind. But no matter what the filmmaker’s intention with a movie is, the great thing about film is that we can all read whatever we want into it.

So when Lou Dobbs came on Fox News recently and suggested that The Secret World of Arrietty and The Lorax were liberal attempts to indoctrinate America’s youth into advocating the Occupy movement and enviromental issues, he has every right to say that. And we have every right to laugh at his insinuations. Check out the clip below. Read More »