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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pixar gets Supersized

I saw a link recently on the silly upcoming Pixar animated film "Up!" in which the old man's home is suspended by tons of balloons and an unwelcome boyscout comes along for the ride.
I'm sure you've seen the trailer, they've been showing it in theaters since December!
Here's the link:

Well, I love the voice of the dog and this is what this link above, primarily highlights. And the movie actually looks pretty cute as are most of Pixar's efforts. What struck me about this flick though is how unfortunate to have the featured child "star" fat.

Not only is the animated Dug, the golden retriever fat in this cartoon, but the little boy, Russel is also obese. What a commentary this is, that a cartoon child/hero is illustrated to mimic (woefully) so many obese children in America.

I wonder, was this intentional? So that more kids could identify with the hero in this film? Now I'm not suggesting to boycott the film; I just found it a sad reflection on today's overweight youth. Maybe it's marketing...a fat golden retriever is easier to identify and turn into a Disney plush toy to sell, after all.
But still . . .
I read recently an article in a magazine about advocate MeMe Roth who is singularly building a movement (NAAO) to work toward ending obesity. I wonder what she will have to say about this new film.
About NAAO:
Through education, legislation, and most importantly -- parental action -- National Action Against Obesity works independently and as a consultancy to reverse the obesity epidemic by eliminating 'fake foods' from the food supply, barring junk food from schools and eradicating 2nd-Hand Obesity, while encouraging exercise across all ages. MeMe Roth, president and founder of NAAO, is host and organizer of the Wedding Gown Challenge, where women enter into marriage at a healthy weight and maintain it for a lifetime. Ms. Roth has been featured on FOXNews' The O'Reilly Factor w/ Bill O'Reilly, Your World with Neil Cavuto, CBS's The Early Show, The New York Times, The LA Times, New York Magazine, The New York Post, The Associated Press and Health Magazine among others. Ms. Roth's agenda: "Let's finally recognize obesity as abuse -- abuse of our children, abuse of ourselves -- and together take action against it."
Food for thought. (Pun intended)

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