Sunday, March 23, 2008

B.W. At The Movies: Horton Hears A Who

Sometimes when you least expect it, you find a message about how Authority can't be trusted and maybe a little individualism — dare one say anarchy? — ain't the worst thing in the world.

Horton Hears A Who can't quite decide how far it wants to go with this individualism stuff — after all, the main antagonist is a kangaroo who "pouch-schools" her child, and we are intended to see well-intentioned evil in that decision. It sets up her world view as authoritarian, even though the average home-schooling parents are seeking to protect their children from authoritarian government schools.

But there's a strong message in the film about the power of the individual against a wrong-headed authority. The kangaroo in question even does a credible channeling of Hillary Clinton as she exhorts The Village to crush Horton The Individual for The Good of The Children, warning the alternative could be Anarchy!

It's a little muddled in the end. Everyone's learned the important lesson that "a person's a person no matter how small," but we are left with the suggestion that the fools in authority will muddle along as wiser authoritarians as a result. I suppose I shouldn't object too hard — in fairy tales, everyone does live happily ever after. I guess I was just hoping "happily" was defined as not needing those fools in the first place.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nanny kangaroo IS the government in this movie. At the end of the movie when Horton gets to hang on to his speck is representing that the peoples safety and trust is in much better hands that also makes the world as a whole a better and happier place.

Adrien G.

11:08 PM  

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