Far Right Religious Nuts: Disney’s “Frozen” will turn your daughters into lesbians!

I’ve not posted much about the far right Christians in awhile in part because I’ve tried to stop paying too much attention to them for the sake of my blood pressure, but sometimes I’m so amazed and how divorced from reality they are that I can’t not bring it up.

If you really want to get a feel for just how looney these people can get you can’t do worse than listening to the likes of Kevin Swanson who hosts a daily Internet radio show over at the Generations with Vision website. On Wednesday of last week, Kevin and his co-host Steve Vaughn talked about “Disney’s Progressive Agenda” which, according to them, is to turn your daughters into lesbians via seemingly innocuous movies like Frozen. Check it:

Given this shot from the film you have to wonder how these guys didn't work Incest into the list of things it indoctrinates your kids into accepting.

Given this shot from the film you have to wonder how these guys didn’t work Incest into the list of things it indoctrinates your kids into accepting.

I love that he takes a moment to point out that he is “not a tinfoil hat conspiratorialist” and then proceeds to suggest that Satan bought Disney sometime in 1984 with the goal of releasing movies designed to indoctrinate 5 to 7 year-old kids into becoming lesbians and accepting homosexuality or bestiality and apparently Frozen is one of those films.

Now I admit that I haven’t seen the film yet, but from everything I’ve read and heard about it from folks who have seen it, it’s hard to fathom how it would work as an indoctrination film for the homosexual agenda. Apparently there isn’t a girl-on-girl scene to be found in the movie nor does anyone get busy with the reindeer supporting character that features throughout the film. About the worst that can be said about the film is that the character of Elsa was originally supposed to to be the villain of the movie, but ends up really being the protagonist in a story about being who you are instead of who others want you to be. An empowered woman? No wonder the far right nutcases are having a shit-fit over this film. How the fuck will they ever get her to make them a sandwich if the uppity bitch is out being the Queen of Winter and shit?

If you listen to the rest of their podcast you’ll find they’re also upset that Disney has pulled funding from the Boy Scouts over their policy of discrimination against gay troop leaders. Because according to Swanson if you have a gay man leading the troop he’ll have no choice but to turn all your sons into sodomites:

Swanson: I’m guessing the majority of American parents don’t want their little boys turning into sodomites, at this point. if you were to interview, stick a microphone in front of most parents dropping their kids off at the average K-6 school in Colorado where they’re sporting their GLSEN signs everywhere, but if you just interview them and you ask them: “Is your vision for this little 6-year-old boy, 8-year-old boy, 9-year-old, 10-year-old boy that he turn into a sodomite?” My guess is that 60 to 70 percent of them would say, “that would be my worst nightmare.”

Given the popularity of anal sex among heterosexuals I’m not sure how not having a gay troop leader will keep most kids from growing up to become sodomites. When you consider that — according to some Christian interpretations — any sexual activity that isn’t procreative is sodomy then there’s even more folks out there engaging in it regardless of their exposure to gay people. As long as the folks engaging in it are consenting adults and aren’t hurting anyone then I don’t see what the problem is, but then I’m not a Christian with a persecution complex.

Frozen is a bit of an anomaly for a Disney film in that it provides a positive portrayal of an empowered woman and that’s the real threat these asshats are reacting to. There’s no room in the far right Christian’s mind for women who aren’t submissive to men. Isn’t it enough that they can vote and drive cars? Do we really have to let them think for themselves as well? If the idea that a woman could be happy and fulfilled without a man in their life to tell them what to do were to catch on that would be the real nightmare.

Movies I’m looking forward to: Pixar’s “Brave.”

Disney released a small clip from Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Brave and it makes me want to see it now:

My kind of woman.

“Magic Highway USA” from 1958 predicts what the future will bring.

I love reading and watching old predictions about what the future will bring. Sometimes they are startlingly close to the mark. However, most are like this excerpt from the 1958 Disneyland TV Show episode entitled Magic Highway USA:

Detroit wouldn’t be in the dire straights it is now if half of these predictions had come true. One of the things that struck me as I was watching this was the massive amount of energy, of all forms, it would take to make that future a reality. Self-heating roads to clear off ice and snow? Air conditioned highways through vast deserts? Self-lighting highways negating the need for headlights? Of course they were assuming everything would be atomic powered by that point in time. Even the cars, as you see at the end. Can you imagine the amount of spent radioactive fuel that would be piling up from all of that? We don’t even know what to do with what we create from the relatively few nuclear power plants we have now. Imagine if you had to deal with spent fuel rods from your car.

This was the future your parents dreamed about.

Found via Boing Boing.

Movies I’m Looking Forward To: “Tron Legacy” (#Blogathon)

I was a huge fan of the original Tron released back in 1982. I was 14 years old and it was a movie aimed at my people: computer geeks. Completely unrealistic fantasy nonsense and I loved every minute of it so when word came that they were doing a sequel, well, geekgasm is probably the appropriate word. The original movie managed to do a lot of things never seen before in film and the producers of the sequel are promising more of the same. Which, when you consider how ridiculous CGI visual effects have become in movies these days, will be quite a feat to pull off.

Disney wowed crowds at least year’s San Deigo Comic Con with test footage of a light cycle battle that included an appearance by Jeff Bridges who played Flynn in the original movie. They were testing the waters to see how much interest there would be in a sequel and the fan reaction was positive enough that the green light was given to develop it. The tentative title was Tron 2 which was later shortened to silly Tr2n. At this year’s Comic Con Disney unveiled the final title of Tron Legacy along with a synopsis of the plot:

TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

The folks over at /Film have a write up of what was presented this year and it sounds like it’s going to be cool as hell. They also have some shots of concept art from the movie including the new lightcycles:

Click to embiggen!

Yes please! Disney is already ramping up the ARG marketing for the film with a website called Flynn Lives that lays out the conspiracy theories on what happened to Flynn when he disappeared in 1989. As for the movie itself the principle photography just wrapped up and now it goes into a year-long post-production due to all the effects shots that will comprise most of the film. I believe the movie is slated to come out sometime in 2011 which will make waiting for it all the more difficult.

Disney knows it’s all about me.

I can’t believe my luck!

Updated to move the video after the jump so it doesn’t autoplay every damn time I come to the main page.

You have to admit that the ease in which things can be inserted into video streams these days is somewhat startling. It shows that critical thinking skills are more important than ever. I just wish it didn’t autoplay.

Seen via Boing Boing.

Disney releases trailer for “Race To Witch Mountain”

I can remember all the way back to 1975 and seeing Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain in the theater. I was seven years old at the time it came out in March of that year. I don’t remember a whole lot from that age, but I definitely remember that movie because I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I so wanted to be like the kids in that movie that I had dreams about it for weeks to come. I can also vividly remember the sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, which came out three years later. The fact that I loved both movies as a kid shows that my critical thinking skills still had a ways to go as watching the films today I can see a lot of flaws in them, but they still hold a special place in my memories of childhood.

So it goes without saying that I was intrigued to find a trailer for the remake titled Race to Witch Mountain:

I know you can’t judge a movie by its trailer, but I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that my inner-7 and 10 year-olds are totally geeking out over that trailer.

Disney yanks pre-teen underwear with the message “Dive In” printed on them.

Sometimes in the mad and heady rush of marketing the shit out of a popular bit of intellectual property the folks at Disney tend to overlook how something might come across as, shall we say, a tad inappropriate. Disney has a big hit with the High School Musical movies and they’re marketing the hell out of them wherever they can. One item they should’ve thought twice about was panties for ‘tween girls that were themed after a scene in High School Musical 2 where the two main characters sing about how they love each other while dancing in and around a swimming pool. The panties, in keeping with the theme, had the words “Dive In” printed on them.

Needless to say, this hasn’t sat well with some parents:

“My daughter and I thought it was rather inappropriate for a 7 year old to be wearing them. ‘Dive In’ was written across them,” Ralf said. “Well, without being rude, we thought it was rather suggestive.”

“I think it is inappropriate because you just never know who could be out and about and see that and just think it was a bit too enticing for a young child to be wearing,” she said. “I would like to see all the products removed from the shelves.”

Well you’ve gotten your wish. Disney has announced they’re yanking down their panties:

“Unfortunately, an oversight was made and the text on the underwear was used out context,” Disney said in a statement. “This product will not be part of any forthcoming collections and the remaining product has been removed from shelves.”

You can see the panties in the pic to the left (click to embiggen) and, honestly, it’s not as bad as it sounds in the news stories. I expected the words to be printed in ALL CAPS using big block letters and bright primary colors, but it’s actually something you’d have to be looking at closely to really notice. Still there’s no point in tempting fate I suppose, though if Disney ever wants to start marketing to a more mature crowd I think they’d have another hit on their hands in the novelty underwear department.

Amazon.com really needs to work on their product suggestion routines.

Got the following email just a few moments ago:

We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Mercenaries or other games in the PlayStation 2 > Adventure category have also purchased Disney Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour. For this reason, you might like to know that Disney Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour will be released on August 12, 2008.  You can pre-order yours by following the link below.

Just so you know Mercenaries is an action game in which you play a mercenary (natch) who runs around blowing up everything in sight while tracking down various bad guys you’ve been hired to put out of commission. Hannah Montana doesn’t do anything even close to as entertaining. Or at least she doesn’t for me. 

All I ask is that I’m allowed to believe the reason said customers out there are purchasing both was for Krismas gifts to their kids and not because of the other, much more scary, reason that comes to mind.

A sequel to “Tron” comes a step closer to reality.

I was a big fan of the original Tron and I can remember waiting anxiously for its release as it was a film for my people, video gamers. Ever since the release of the Tron 2.0 video game there have been rumors of a sequel and Disney was reportedly interested in the possibility. Now word comes from The Hollywood Reporter that it’s one step closer:

TORONTO—Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to develop and direct “Tron,” described as “the next chapter” of Disney’s 1982 cult classic. Sean Bailey is producing via the Live Planet banner, as is Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film.

Kosinski, who last month signed on to helm the remake of “Logan’s Run” for Warner Bros. Pictures, will oversee the visual development of the project and have input on the script, which is being written by “Lost” scribes Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Story details are being kept secret.

The original, about a computer programmer thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create, is remembered for its sci-fi gladiator-style battles and groundbreaking special effects. It was the first movie to use computer-generated images instead of models and other optical effects in conjunction with live action. The arcade game based on the movie was so popular that it earned more than the movie.

When making the original, in order to convince the studio to take a chance on a first-time director, Lisberger shot a test reel, financed by the studio, involving the deadly Frisbee battle. In a case of historical synchronicity, sources said one of the things Kosinski will be doing is working on a sequence involving the movie’s Light Cycles to work out his vision for the movie. Sources also said visual effects personnel, for many of whom “Tron” was an inspiration to enter the business, already are jockeying for pole position to work on the sequence.

It’s somewhat telling how far we’ve come that the Tron 2.0 video game running on a desktop PC effortlessly reproduced better looking effects than what the original 1982 movie had so revisiting the world of Tron should be cake for special effects houses these days. The real question is: Given all the advances in computing and video games in the time since then can they update the story enough to make it appealing to current audiences. Back in 1982 vector graphics were hot shit in arcade games so a world that looked like it was primarily based on vector graphics seemed only natural, but games these days are getting closer and closer to looking like the real world so will those old school vector images still work as a setting?

Not that it matters, I’m a big enough fan of the original that I’ll see it regardless just for the nostalgia factor. About the only way I wouldn’t is if Uwe Boll were to direct it.

A lesson in Fair Use and irony all rolled into one.

Professor Eric Faden sat down and edited together a short film on copyright and fair use rules using small snippets of various Disney films. It’s a little disjointed sounding, but it gets the point across quite well.

The irony is that Disney is one of the more… vigilant… companies out there when it comes to… defending… perceived breaches of their copyrights. They’re not afraid to sue at the drop of a hat if they think someone somewhere is using any amount of their material for any reason, fair use be damned, and they’ve also spent millions lobbying Congress to ensure that their material will pretty much never enter the public domain. So watch and learn before Disney issues a DMCA notice to YouTube.

Link found via Boing Boing.