Feath­ers fly over pinko pen­guins

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - VARIOUS LISTINGS - Don­ald Clarke

WHAT is it with pen­guins and pol­i­tics? Last year, cer­tain nut­tier com­men­ta­tors on the Amer­i­can right tried to ar­gue that March of the Pen­guins proved that there was no such thing as evo­lu­tion and that Dick Cheney was the risen Christ (or some­thing). Now the same zealots are sug­gest­ing that Ge­orge Miller’s hit an­i­ma­tion Happy Feet, in which pen­guins en­counter global warm­ing, is anti-fam­ily, anti-re­li­gion and anti- Bush.

Michael Medved, the 138-yearold con­ser­va­tive blowhard, leapt upon the band­wagon with pre­dictable en­thu­si­asm. The film he hi­lar­i­ously dubs “Crappy Feet” is, ap­par­ently, the “dark­est, most dis­turb­ing fea­ture-length an­i­mated film ever of­fered by a ma­jor stu­dio.” Ir­ish Com­mu­nists can ex­pose their chil­dren to Happy Feet from next Fri­day.

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