Sunday, November 27, 2005

Mark Steyn on the State of Movies and Movie-Going

Steyn is always a great read, and this column is no exception.

The info about the Whoopi Goldberg "disclaimers" on the Looney Tunes DVD set is particularly mind-boggling. I love Steyn's rebuttal: "It’s true you don’t see many positive images of people of color on Looney Tunes, but then the images of people of noncolor aren’t terribly positive, either (Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam). Instead, you see positive images of ducks of color, roadrunners of color and tweety birds of color."

Steyn mentions you can't skip past the Goldberg introduction on the DVD. This is a problem I've noticed on a couple new DVD sets of late -- introductions that are difficult to skip over.

The need the studios seem to feel to put "disclaimers" of various types in their DVD sets is troubling. It's more of a "legal" issue than a "P.C." issue, but an otherwise wonderful vintage Disneyland documentary in a Disney Treasures set was marred by on-screen legal disclaimers during a Tahitian Terrace fire dance scene warning not to try it at home!

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