Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Does the humane society care if cartoon dogs get hurt in an anime?
But it wasn't the movie itself that struck me. Instead, the most interesting thing about the movie involved the audience's reaction to something that happened in the movie. The annoying girl character had a cute little dog that she hit a couple of times early in the movie. Don't ask me why. She was a rather loathsome little girl and she never got her comeuppance for hitting her dog. She even ends up the friend of the boy hero by the end of the movie. Maybe it's a cultural thing because no self-respecting western filmmaker would let her off that easy. The audience would not stand for it.
In fact, that's exactly what happened tonight. Each time the girl hit her dog a large percentage of the audience groaned and complained. This, for an animated character in a movie. Truly no dogs were hurt in the making of the movie. Still the audience reacted. Lots of human characters were hurt in the movie too. Some even died. Yet the audience didn't even cringe at that. Not once.
What does that mean, I wonder?
Labels: Science Fiction
Each side believes it's right and would possess and potentially utilize them in a manner that, in their view, is justifiable. Yet clearly there are those who should have them, and those who should never have them (Bin Laden, as a just one of many examples). I don't have a good answer ...
As for the dog, that was a weird trait for the girl (Scarlett O'Hara) to possess. I am wondering if the undubbed version showed her in a different light ... she had essentially no redeeming qualities, and she never paid in any way for mistreating her pet. She reminded me of Veruca Salt from Willie Wonka more than anyone else.
Oh well ... I remain quite glad I saw it, and will continue to think about it in the coming days.
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