Something that Really Bothers me  

JamesBondage1964 52M
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12/9/2005 8:30 am

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Something that Really Bothers me


I have a 7 year old daughter so as you might expect I have seen every Disney movie ever made (10 times each) and lots of kids shows and cartoons on TV. A common theme in cartoons are animals endowed with human traits. This of course is nothing new. Cartoons show us mice, ducks, rabbits and pigs, etc, etc. all speaking in English and for the most part getting along, ignoring predatory instincts. In a kind of subliminal way it teaches kids tolerence for other races and cultures. Thats not what bothers me though. What bothers me is that often times these "animals" have other animals as pets. When I lodge my complaint about this, as I often do, my wife looks at me eyes squinted, mouth partially open for what seems like an eternity and finally says "its a fucking cartoon....get over it!" I just can't get over it though. The question eats at me. How or why is it that Mickey Mouse associates with Donald Duck and Goofy as equals yet has Pluto as a pet? Doesn't this negate the tolerence message? Disney skirted the obvious moral and ethical issues simply by making Pluto act like a dog instead of a person. But isn't Goofy a dog too? This philosophical dilemma is still present in modern cartoons. "Arthur" commonly shown on PBS features as its main character, Arthur , who looks like some sort of rodent, but I'm told is an aardvark. His best friends are a rabbit and a monkey. Arthur also associates with various other "animals". Arthur also has a pet dog. Naturally this dog is not endowed with human qualities, so thats supposed to make it okay. My opinion is that this practice is illogical and just plain wrong. You can't just give all these animals human intelligence, emotions and morals and then give them dominion over another species of animal(usually dogs). Maybe Arthur and Mickey will justify their ownership over dogs by believing and asserting that certain animals are not "human-like" or are "subhuman-like" What if they are wrong? Will they, through moral and ethical evolution, eventually come to the realization that these dogs and other animals should not be kept as pets by mice, aardvarks and other creatures? I have to believe that in time they will. Pluto and the others may however have to contend with separate schools and restrooms for a while. If history has taught us anything, it should be expected that cartoon dogs face a long and difficult challenge. In the meantime I'll just have to suspend my disbelief and root for Pluto to break his chains and rise up against the man (or the mouse in this case) and lay claim to freedom and equality.

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