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'Cars 2': Big Oil Is The Bad Guy, Says Director John Lasseter





Could an animated film about cars become Big Oil's next nemesis?

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, "Cars 2" director John Lasseter discussed the major overhaul to his upcoming film, a revamp that makes Big Oil the bad guys.

He told the paper:

I kept thinking about, "OK. A spy movie in the world where cars are alive. What would be a really good kind of über bad guy? Who is an über bad guy?" I kept going to big oil. This is before what happened in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why isn't alternative fuel more... Why isn't everybody jumping on that bandwagon? It makes so much sense: Electricity, solar, whatever. There's ethanol. There's all this stuff you could be doing. And so I thought, well, that could be really cool in that you could have big oil versus alternative fuel. That's when we kind of crafted the bad guy's story.

The greatest bad guys, you understand where they're coming from. They believe they're doing the right thing. Sometimes it's for greed, sometimes it's for other reasons, but they are what they call the center of good. They always believe they're doing the right thing.


A "Cars 2" trailer advertises, "On their next big road trip, they're not only racing across the world, they're racing to save the world."

Some conservatives are already enraged. The Lonely Conservative blog wrote, "We conservatives and believers in free markets are accused of being paranoid when we say the Hollywood industry is trying to indoctrinate our children with left wing propaganda. But now movie directors and producers are coming out and admitting what they're doing. I'm just glad I found this out before I allowed my kids to persuade me to take them to see the movie 'Cars 2.'" Indeed. Evil films can brainwash children into caring about the environmental degradation that their generation will have to pay for.
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Another blogger questioned whether John Lasseter's message is hypocritical compared to his own actions. Christian Toto wrote, "Doesn't he realize how much oil will be burned bringing "Cars 2" merchandise to the marketplace? Should Lasseter, CEO of Pixar and director of "Cars 2," be criticized for trumpeting green causes while helping Disney burn so much energy for a profit?"

While some movies are embracing green filmmaking, the movie industry produces large amounts of waste during and after production. Some would argue that the eco-awareness raised by some films ultimately outweighs the production's carbon footprint.

This isn't the first time that a Pixar film has upset conservative audiences. According to ThinkProgress, "WALL-E" left right-wingers "apoplectic" over a cute robot on a trashed earth seeking love.


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whatisurdamage 24th-Jun-2011 07:52 am (UTC)
It always kind of amazes me when people trying to do something good for our planet is ~*LEFT WING PROPAGANDA*~

You'd think these super pro free market people would be applauding the creation of this movie considering all the merchandise Disney's going to sell because of it lol
bluescreenmofo 24th-Jun-2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
when you don't believe in global warming, or at least you don't believe it's caused by man, then yeah, it just looks like propaganda
shoujokakumei 24th-Jun-2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Indoctrinating kids with left-wing environmental propaganda based on science and reality is horrible, but indoctrinating them with right-wing religious propaganda based on an ancient book of mythology is a-OK.
clevermanka 24th-Jun-2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yep. *sigh*
dearmisterecho 24th-Jun-2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Another blogger questioned whether John Lasseter's message is hypocritical compared to his own actions. Christian Toto wrote, "Doesn't he realize how much oil will be burned bringing "Cars 2" merchandise to the marketplace? Should Lasseter, CEO of Pixar and director of "Cars 2," be criticized for trumpeting green causes while helping Disney burn so much energy for a profit?"

This is an excellent point.
karrixftw 24th-Jun-2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
That's what I was just about to say. Not only in transporting merchandise, but in the production of the movie itself...lots of energy being consumed there.
____jonas 24th-Jun-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Evil films can brainwash children into caring about the environmental degradation that their generation will have to pay for.

Oh god the horror.
alstaria 24th-Jun-2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, I might actually want to see Cars 2 now. I have to find out how high the "Larry the Cable Guy" content is first though. >.
etherealtsuki 24th-Jun-2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Read that one of Cars 2's biggest criticism that his character is pretty much the main focus in the movie, so...
jettakd 24th-Jun-2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I understand that producing movies creates a lot of waste, but in contrast with traditional filmmaking, doesn't digital animation create much less waste? Idk just wondering.

That said, it's always hilarious and disheartening what the right will claim as propaganda.
karikinetic 24th-Jun-2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ethanol? Fail.
zizzo_no_ai 24th-Jun-2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
...Any idea how WALL-E could have offended right-wingers?
xochitl 24th-Jun-2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Robots are genderless! Oh noes, society will crumbleeeee
theguindo 24th-Jun-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Excuse you we are not!

No, no, it is the fact that we robots are stealing jobs from hardworking Americans humans!
nikoel 24th-Jun-2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Why isn't alternative fuel more... Why isn't everybody jumping on that bandwagon? It makes so much sense: Electricity, solar, whatever. There's ethanol. There's all this stuff you could be doing. And so I thought, well, that could be really cool in that you could have big oil versus alternative fuel. That's when we kind of crafted the bad guy's story.

Because you've got people who are very rich because of Big Oil, then a number of people who don't believe humans have a negative effect on the planet, people who just don't give a shit and the rest of us who can't afford to trade our cars in for hybrids/electrics thanks to the shitty economy.
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