I haven’t seen Cars 2 (and probably won’t; Cars didn’t grab me), but I enjoyed this contrarian review of Cars 2 and other Pixar movies.

Wall-E is about a robot that is programmed to pile up trash and search for any signs of a plant. Plants are seen as socially redemptive. This is the theme of organicism vs. mechanism — a 200-year-old theme in Western civilization. Liberals cheer for plants. Libertarians cheer for machines. Conservatives can’t make up their minds.Fundamentalists are unaware of the debate.

Every time the Pixar writers let their liberalism creep into their plot lines, they weaken the appeal of their films. When they keep their liberalism to themselves, they get Toy Story. Why? Because Toy Story is about doing good, not do-goodism.

The strength of their films is their commitment to the theme of doing good. The bane of their films is their commitment to do-goodism. Do-goodism is corporate. Doing good is personal. Do-goodism leads to self-satisfaction — the same moral weakness that undermined the old Lightning McQueen. Doing good produces inner change.

Do-goodism fights The Uncaring System. There was no Uncaring System in Finding Nemo. There was no Uncaring System in Toy Story and Toy Story 2. There was in Toy Story 3: the bad section of the day care. But it was the extension of one toy’s paranoia, not because of the day care as a system. Liberals believe in day care. When Pixar ignores Uncaring Systems, the company makes more money.

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