The Disney Corporation’s most noxious entertainment has only come into existence within the past 16 years. The giant money making machine slowly poisons our children. And it poisons them with Pixar.
Our expose against Pixar may well begin with the first, foremost and most iconic production: Toy Story.
One may think that the computer animating organization’s flagship product, Toy Story, is typical of the group and therefore harmless, that it is a story about friendship told through the clever and magical interaction of children’s toys. It is typical, but it is far from harmless.
What happens to friendship when children grow up? Does Toy Story not teach that all of the lessons of friendship are but instruments of the imagination, that they can be put away when one grows older? Does Toy Story not teach that friendship itself is nothing but pretend? Does Toy Story not teach that friendship only exists for the consumer and those who can afford the Mr. Potato Heads and astronaut action figures which roam across the screen? One may suggest that the friendship of the toys amongst themselves in the movie are meant to be the model friendships, and not the friendship of the toy owner Andy and his toys.
Yet in the song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” it is the toy Woody’s friendship with the boy Andy that is glamorized. And does anyone ever enquire as to where Andy’s human friends are? Far from a affirming the importance of friendship, among the highest forms of social good according to Aristotle, Toy Story turns friendship into a consumer good, a product, available to the rich alone. Karl Marx’s warnings go unheeded, and yet another intangible good is fixed with a price tag.
This veneration of a commercial product as leading to happiness is further affirmed in Toy Story 2. The toy collector who removes Woody from a garage sale is vilified, even when the toy collector promises glory and the betterment of the world by putting Woody and the toys that go along with Woody as a part of a collection to a toy museum in Japan. The end of the movie even relishes in the toy collector’s financial woes after he is unable to complete the transaction with the Japanese museum. It’s a subtle attack on those who would work for the greater good, and an attack on Japanese culture for sure.
And finally, in Toy Story 3, the vicious cycle continues, with the toys going to another owner in the end, ensnaring the unwitting child in materialism, consumerism, and a generally friendless existence until college, if the new owner follows in Andy’s footsteps. They are dangerous footsteps to follow, and parents should take care to make sure their children stay far from them and avoid the perils that Pixar promotes.