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(Mother Jones)   FoxBusiness takes on The LEGO® Movie's anti-business message, then moves on to defend Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life. Seriously   (motherjones.com) divider line 66
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2014-02-08 06:07:25 AM  
Mr. Potter was their kind of people.
 
2014-02-08 06:21:46 AM  

EvilEgg: Mr. Potter was their kind of people.


www.johnnygoodtimes.com
 
2014-02-08 06:25:24 AM  
Did the headline writer link to the correct article?  Seems a little off.
 
2014-02-08 06:26:14 AM  
Oh I'd forgotten about the Lego movie, I'm going to go steal it off the internet right now!  Thanks fox news foot note in an otherwise great review that got it greenlit on the fark!
 
2014-02-08 06:27:14 AM  
Oh, it's in the Update part.
 
2014-02-08 06:55:35 AM  
Yes, I'm sure Hollywood spent $60 million and marketed the hell out of this movie because they are anti-business.

I'm starting to wonder how these Fox News idiots don't forget to breathe.
 
2014-02-08 07:19:27 AM  
I'm going to see the Lego movie in less than an hour so I'm building a kick...
 
2014-02-08 07:20:42 AM  

sotua: I'm going to see the Lego movie in less than an hour so I'm building a kick...


Building a kick.. nice.
 
2014-02-08 07:55:26 AM  

stoli n coke: Yes, I'm sure Hollywood spent $60 million and marketed the hell out of this movie because they are anti-business.

I'm starting to wonder how these Fox News idiots don't forget to breathe.


No, no, you're missing the point: this is about LEGO, not some huge corporation that rakes in billions in revenues every year and is arguably the most valuable toy company in the w--

I don't know, maybe they have little reminders to breathe written on their palms Palin-style.
 
2014-02-08 08:01:59 AM  
Remember, LEGO comes from one of them Commie countries like Sweden or Flanders or Uruguay.
 
2014-02-08 08:04:03 AM  
That is the problem when you value money and material possessions too much. You make odd sounding statements. It seems there are two broad groups in this country.

Those that love people and use things.

And those that love things and use people.
 
2014-02-08 08:06:47 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: stoli n coke: Yes, I'm sure Hollywood spent $60 million and marketed the hell out of this movie because they are anti-business.

I'm starting to wonder how these Fox News idiots don't forget to breathe.

No, no, you're missing the point: this is about LEGO, not some huge corporation that rakes in billions in revenues every year and is arguably the most valuable toy company in the w--

I don't know, maybe they have little reminders to breathe written on their palms Palin-style.


Can't we just wash their hands?
 
2014-02-08 08:14:34 AM  
I consider Fox News a bunch of people who figured out how to make money off of trolling. From this to the "Santa is white" story, it's all they ever do. CNN never involves itself in controversy like Fox News seems to want to.
 
2014-02-08 08:14:37 AM  

AdrienVeidt: Remember, LEGO comes from one of them Commie countries like Sweden or Flanders or Uruguay.


Stupid Flanders.
 
2014-02-08 08:20:11 AM  
I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.
 
2014-02-08 08:24:59 AM  
One of my favorite moments of failure was when the Muppet movie came out a few years back.  The puppets were doing a junket interview thing, which was hilariously absurd already.  Everyone was asking them silly questions, and just having fun with it.  Some toolbag from Fox News asked Kermit (I know, right?) what he thought of the obvious left leaning aspect of his movie, and how they made their main villain an oil company tycoon.

This guy proceeded to get his ass handed to him by Steve Whitmire (Kermit) and Frank Oz (Miss Piggy). You know what, I'll just link it.
 
2014-02-08 08:31:59 AM  

Shadowknight: One of my favorite moments of failure was when the Muppet movie came out a few years back.  The puppets were doing a junket interview thing, which was hilariously absurd already.  Everyone was asking them silly questions, and just having fun with it.  Some toolbag from Fox News asked Kermit (I know, right?) what he thought of the obvious left leaning aspect of his movie, and how they made their main villain an oil company tycoon.

This guy proceeded to get his ass handed to him by Steve Whitmire (Kermit) and Frank Oz (Miss Piggy). You know what, I'll just link it.



They've got a point. Liberals refuse to leave kids alone when it comes to an oppurtunity to brainwash them into accepting an agenda.

 I mean, you'd never see a conservative pundit pushing a children's boo-, okay, bad example. What I meant was you'd never see a Republican presidential contender putting out children's videos full of historical revis-, okay, strike that one. One thing you'll definitely never see a sitting Republican senator stooping so low as to release a coloring bo-, goddammit.
 
2014-02-08 08:37:15 AM  

Alphax: Did the headline writer link to the correct article?  Seems a little off.


See the video at the bottom.

At this point they have become a parody of themselves.
 
2014-02-08 08:44:18 AM  
Maybe I'm missing something, but there wasn't anything in it that struck me as anti-business. It was more a morality tale against blind conformity. The most I can figure it that they didn't even see the movie and are basing their tirade solely on the fact that the villain, as seen in the trailer, is named President Business, and that's only because ***SPOILERS*** Will Farrell is obviously some kind of businessman. His villainy didn't come from profession, it came from the fact that his kid saw him as a rule-obsessed control freak who was unable to have fun with something that was meant to be fun and chaotic and imaginative. ***SPOILERS*** But then, what should I expect from the network of the Professionally Offended™.
 
2014-02-08 08:49:09 AM  
It must  really suck to go through life with a persecution complex and viewing everything as politically motivated.
 
2014-02-08 08:53:19 AM  
My only concern is if there's enough Will Farrell to make this a Will Farrell movie. I have yet to watch a movie focused on him and I refuse to break that streak.
 
2014-02-08 09:04:12 AM  

wildcardjack: My only concern is if there's enough Will Farrell to make this a Will Farrell movie. I have yet to watch a movie focused on him and I refuse to break that streak.


who is will farrell? colin farrell's brother?
 
2014-02-08 09:29:21 AM  
How the hell is a 90-minute toy commercial that *people are going to pay to see* supposed to be "anti-business"?!?

Sounds to me like the people at LEGO know a lot more about business than the empty-headed commentators at FOX.
 
2014-02-08 09:31:33 AM  

Girl Sailor: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: stoli n coke: Yes, I'm sure Hollywood spent $60 million and marketed the hell out of this movie because they are anti-business.

I'm starting to wonder how these Fox News idiots don't forget to breathe.

No, no, you're missing the point: this is about LEGO, not some huge corporation that rakes in billions in revenues every year and is arguably the most valuable toy company in the w--

I don't know, maybe they have little reminders to breathe written on their palms Palin-style.

Can't we just wash their hands?


You'd have kind of a Lady MacBeth situation there, I'm afraid.
 
2014-02-08 09:43:23 AM  

Obscure Login: It must  really suck to go through life with a persecution complex and viewing everything as politically motivated.


You have to pity those who need to be outraged over everything to fill their empty lives.
 
2014-02-08 09:45:51 AM  

skinink: I consider Fox News a bunch of people who figured out how to make money off of trolling. From this to the "Santa is white" story, it's all they ever do. CNN never involves itself in controversy like Fox News seems to want to.


This

Outrage for nothing =  Ratings and people talking = profits
 
2014-02-08 09:52:17 AM  
Did they see the SNL-discovered ending to "It's a Wonderful Life"?
 
2014-02-08 09:59:20 AM  
RIP Col. Potter

longshotsblues.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-08 10:01:53 AM  
AV Club article: http://www.avclub.com/article/fox-news-decries-movie-designed-explici t ly-to-sell-107610


As Dergarabedian goes on to suggest implicitly that calling a major studio's marketing synergy-based movie franchise "anti-business" might be overreaching, Payne replies that it at least sounds like "hypocrisy" to him. A hypocrisy that may result in the children who see it developing antagonistic attitudes toward business, even as they demand their parents buy them more Lego bricks.

Having pointed out the hypocrisy of a media company using bobbleheads to decry the very things they profit from, Payne returned to complaining about entertainment for Fox.
 
2014-02-08 10:17:29 AM  
Oh what in the f-ing fark. Just when I thought they couldn't get any farking dumberererer.
 
2014-02-08 10:22:36 AM  
My favorite was when they attacked The Hudsucker Proxy (great movie, btw) for being anti-business.

That's right; a movie about a guy who, to save his company, invents a product that brings in profit... for FOX News, that's anti-business
 
2014-02-08 10:31:41 AM  
Fox Business -  For Those Times when Neil Cavuto and Rick Santelli Just Aren't Potato Enough
 
2014-02-08 10:36:11 AM  
There was a fantastic 21 Jump Street reboot?

/"The villain in Batman is BANE!  AAAUUUGGGHHHLIBERALHOLLYWOODAAAUUUGGGHHH!!!11!!!!1!!!1!!"
 
2014-02-08 10:56:15 AM  

wildcardjack: My only concern is if there's enough Will Farrell to make this a Will Farrell movie. I have yet to watch a movie focused on him and I refuse to break that streak.


Nope. He's the antagonist, but it's definitely not his movie.
 
2014-02-08 11:04:31 AM  

wildcardjack: My only concern is if there's enough Will Farrell to make this a Will Farrell movie. I have yet to watch a movie focused on him and I refuse to break that streak.


Sad that this type of closed mindedness would prevent you from seeing Stranger than Fiction.
 
2014-02-08 11:16:20 AM  

Bloody William: wildcardjack: My only concern is if there's enough Will Farrell to make this a Will Farrell movie. I have yet to watch a movie focused on him and I refuse to break that streak.

Nope. He's the antagonist, but it's definitely not his movie.


Also, uh, how to say this without spoilers... There's something that happens at the end where you expect conditions to arise that allow him to go into full Will Ferrell mode. That doesn't happen. He actually goes into Drama Ferrell mode and pulls off a moment that, at the very least, leaves one with a lump in their throat. So, in conclusion, low levels of Ferrell and what is there is not what you would expect of him.
 
2014-02-08 11:34:17 AM  

Ishkur: I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.


In general, it's a sign of an animated movie to avoid.

the Pixar movie that pushed the names more than any other is Cars
// Linguini in Ratatouille was voiced by a Pixar art director
 
2014-02-08 11:34:45 AM  
It wasn't an anti-business message, it was an anti-"grow up and lose all imagination, insisting the only proper way to play with lego blocks is to slavishly follow the instructions" message.
 
2014-02-08 12:04:21 PM  

ten foiled hats: There was a fantastic 21 Jump Street reboot?


Yes.  That movie is light years better than you would expect it to be.  Especially the sly-deconstruction of John Hughes themes about high school under today's norms.
 
2014-02-08 12:49:10 PM  

EvilEgg: Mr. Potter was their kind of people.


I sometimes find myself playing a game while channel surfing...

When I land upon a film (especially an action or genre film) I imagine it being focus tested in a room full of Tea Party Patriots.

Then I try to figure out who the hell they would root for and why.

/try it sometime, it's actually fun
 
2014-02-08 12:59:00 PM  
I loved the Daily Show bit a couple of nights ago.

"I think people should be able to spend time w/ their families on Thanksgiving."
"Oh, okay. I was just thinking about the free market economy."
 
2014-02-08 01:16:06 PM  
I loved it, and so did my kids. Paid the costly cinema tickets and didn't feel ripped off at the end *cough* cars 2 *cough*
 
2014-02-08 01:53:24 PM  

Shadowknight: One of my favorite moments of failure was when the Muppet movie came out a few years back.  The puppets were doing a junket interview thing, which was hilariously absurd already.  Everyone was asking them silly questions, and just having fun with it.  Some toolbag from Fox News asked Kermit (I know, right?) what he thought of the obvious left leaning aspect of his movie, and how they made their main villain an oil company tycoon.

This guy proceeded to get his ass handed to him by Steve Whitmire (Kermit) and Frank Oz (Miss Piggy). You know what, I'll just link it.


That is freakin high-larious.  That reporter got his ass handed to him by about 2 pounds of felt!  How much would you love to have been able to hear the other reporters after the event giving him a world of shiat for being beating by a couple of puppets?
 
2014-02-08 02:04:54 PM  
ishkur I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.

You have no idea how much this pisses off professional animated voice artists, the one they all cite as the worst offender is Cameron Diaz in the first "Shrek", sub-scratch track, flat readings...but producers love the "celebrity voice" & figures it adds to the audience & will pay way overquote for it, here's the guns yer Lego Mini-figs need in a hostile situation the Danish won't provide:
http://www.firestartoys.com/Shop/Minifigure-Weapons/Clone-Army-Custo ms -Guns.html
 
2014-02-08 02:25:29 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Oh I'd forgotten about the Lego movie, I'm going to go steal it off the internet right now!  Thanks fox news foot note in an otherwise great review that got it greenlit on the fark!


You're really speaking truth to power stealing that copy of a children's movie off the internet instead of just paying $8 to see it.
 
2014-02-08 02:55:36 PM  

Nabb1: BumpInTheNight: Oh I'd forgotten about the Lego movie, I'm going to go steal it off the internet right now!  Thanks fox news foot note in an otherwise great review that got it greenlit on the fark!

You're really speaking truth to power stealing that copy of a children's movie off the internet instead of just paying $8 to see it.


Where the hell do you live that a ticket is only $8?

Senior/student discount at the theater closest to me is $9.
 
2014-02-08 03:08:15 PM  

wildcardjack: My only concern is if there's enough Will Farrell to make this a Will Farrell movie. I have yet to watch a movie focused on him and I refuse to break that streak.


It looks like it is merely Zoolander quantities of Farrell.
 
2014-02-08 03:39:16 PM  

sotua: I loved it, and so did my kids. Paid the costly cinema tickets and didn't feel ripped off at the end *cough* cars 2 *cough*


I was reeeeaaalllllyyy incredulous, then found out the same people did Clone High, which I unabashedly adore.  I suppose if it ever shows up on Netflix or if I need to kill some time with friends/relatives kids, I'll check it out.

Agree with celeb voiceovers being lame, though.  Unless they're awesome.  Elizabeth Banks did not seem to be one of those.
 
2014-02-08 04:23:02 PM  
I watched it (in 3-D) with my daughter this morning.

It could be considered "anti-business", but only because the bad guy is named "President Business".  Yes, there's a good reason he's named that but it has nothing to do with being anti-business.

It was fun, but not $19 worth of fun.

Para-Norman was better, actually.
 
2014-02-08 04:29:22 PM  
Lego complaining about giant business entities?
 
2014-02-08 05:55:00 PM  
StreetlightInTheGhetto I was reeeeaaalllllyyy incredulous, then found out the same people did Clone High, which I unabashedly adore.  I suppose if it ever shows up on Netflix or if I need to kill some time with friends/relatives kids, I'll check it out.

Met those guys a few years ago, they won me over when they explained one of the 2 inspirations for the Island in "Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs" was my grandfather's hometown, Granite Falls(the other, Astoria OR)
 
2014-02-08 06:24:47 PM  

Ishkur: I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.


They have names that put bums on seats. If you want the money to make your film you have to choose names over talent every time.
 
2014-02-08 06:38:59 PM  
Ishkur * * Smartest * Funniest 2014-02-08 08:20:11 AM I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.
=======================================

Pixar does it very well... no one can.

But other studios use it for the name recognition with the hopes that the marquee names voicing it will bring in the audience.

/I really don't think it's ever worked.
//If it's a bad movie, no one will go. If it's a good movie, people will.
 
2014-02-08 07:37:59 PM  

jake3988: //If it's a bad movie, no one will go. If it's a good movie, people will.


Aside from that being just patently false...

The big names are useful for persuading the potential viewer to give it a chance, for getting them interested before they know how good (someone else says) it is.

And known actors help in conveying the tone of the movie. If you are pitching me an animated movie about one cat living in a house full of dogs, my thoughts go in one direction if you tell me the cat is voiced by Michael Cera and another if you tell me he's voiced by Sam Jackson.
 
2014-02-08 08:36:26 PM  
Disappointed no one linked to this. Fox News presents Its a Wonderful Life
 
2014-02-08 08:58:05 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Ishkur: I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.

They have names that put bums on seats. If you want the money to make your film you have to choose names over talent every time.


Really?  Do people actually go to see animated movies because a character is voiced by someone they know?  "Ooooh, I wasn't going to take the kids to see Rise of the Guardians but Chris Pine is doing the lead voice so now I must take them!"  I'm pretty sure no one said "Steve Carrell, I must go see Despicable Me!"  How many Toy Story fans even remember that it's Tom Hanks and Tim Allen?  Would you not have watched it if it wasn't?  Did so many people see Rapunzel because of Mandy Moore?  Was Frozen a hit (highest grossing animated Disney film of all time) because of Kristen Bell?  I highly doubt Ray Romano has enough fans to earn Ice Age what it did.  What about Lion King, do you think many people watched it because it starred Matthew Broderick?  Seriously?

I mean... I would do pretty much anything to get a bit of Benedict Cumberbatch, but I absolutely will not watch Madagascar 3 just because he's voicing something in it (and he is an excellent voice actor, but then he has a big background in radio plays and audio books).

/I'll wait until someone uploads the cuts of his parts to YouTube, thanks
 
2014-02-08 09:16:11 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: And known actors help in conveying the tone of the movie. If you are pitching me an animated movie about one cat living in a house full of dogs, my thoughts go in one direction if you tell me the cat is voiced by Michael Cera and another if you tell me he's voiced by Sam Jackson.


I would know that both of them would take me right out of the movie because when I hear them speak all I hear is the actor in a sound booth exaggerating his lines. They can't disguise their voices the way Billy West or Frank Welker can.

A good voice actor should make you forget about the voice, or make the voice feel totally like the character. Happy Feet doesn't sound like a penguin, he sounds like farking Elijah Wood.

Regarding this Lego movie: Are you really going to tell me Elizabeth Banks is a better fit than, say, Tara Strong?
 
2014-02-08 09:20:14 PM  

Ishkur: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: And known actors help in conveying the tone of the movie. If you are pitching me an animated movie about one cat living in a house full of dogs, my thoughts go in one direction if you tell me the cat is voiced by Michael Cera and another if you tell me he's voiced by Sam Jackson.

I would know that both of them would take me right out of the movie because when I hear them speak all I hear is the actor in a sound booth exaggerating his lines. They can't disguise their voices the way Billy West or Frank Welker can.

A good voice actor should make you forget about the voice, or make the voice feel totally like the character. Happy Feet doesn't sound like a penguin, he sounds like farking Elijah Wood.

Regarding this Lego movie: Are you really going to tell me Elizabeth Banks is a better fit than, say, Tara Strong?


I'll tell you one thing, I didn't realize that Alison Brie was in the movie until the credits rolled. Also, some of these voice actors get too much work as it is. I still have problems w/ Adventure Time b/c I still hear Bender.
 
2014-02-08 10:00:09 PM  
didn't they say the same thing about the last muppet movie?
 
2014-02-08 10:05:29 PM  

Nabb1: BumpInTheNight: Oh I'd forgotten about the Lego movie, I'm going to go steal it off the internet right now!  Thanks fox news foot note in an otherwise great review that got it greenlit on the fark!

You're really speaking truth to power stealing that copy of a children's movie off the internet instead of just paying $8 to see it.


I'd rather pay the $8 to download and see it at home on my own schedule.

/I am not going to steal it either.
 
2014-02-08 10:16:35 PM  

if_i_really_have_to: Gordon Bennett: Ishkur: I really wish they'd use actual voice actors for animated films rather than celebrities who just talk normally. They don't really bring anything to the film that can't be accomplished by someone better and more experienced.

They have names that put bums on seats. If you want the money to make your film you have to choose names over talent every time.

Really?  Do people actually go to see animated movies because a character is voiced by someone they know?  "Ooooh, I wasn't going to take the kids to see Rise of the Guardians but Chris Pine is doing the lead voice so now I must take them!"  I'm pretty sure no one said "Steve Carrell, I must go see Despicable Me!"  How many Toy Story fans even remember that it's Tom Hanks and Tim Allen?  Would you not have watched it if it wasn't?  Did so many people see Rapunzel because of Mandy Moore?  Was Frozen a hit (highest grossing animated Disney film of all time) because of Kristen Bell?  I highly doubt Ray Romano has enough fans to earn Ice Age what it did.  What about Lion King, do you think many people watched it because it starred Matthew Broderick?  Seriously?

I mean... I would do pretty much anything to get a bit of Benedict Cumberbatch, but I absolutely will not watch Madagascar 3 just because he's voicing something in it (and he is an excellent voice actor, but then he has a big background in radio plays and audio books).

/I'll wait until someone uploads the cuts of his parts to YouTube, thanks



The idea that Ray Romano's name is singlehandedly responsible for Ice Age's success or changing anyone's mind from "oh God no, do not want" to "I must see this" is your own invention. That isn't why people pay millions to get big names in their movies.

But... can having stars attached tip the balance for a marginally interested consumer, result in more successful PR, help the movie to open bigger? Sure. Really seriously.


Ishkur: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: And known actors help in conveying the tone of the movie. If you are pitching me an animated movie about one cat living in a house full of dogs, my thoughts go in one direction if you tell me the cat is voiced by Michael Cera and another if you tell me he's voiced by Sam Jackson.

I would know that both of them would take me right out of the movie because when I hear them speak all I hear is the actor in a sound booth exaggerating his lines. They can't disguise their voices the way Billy West or Frank Welker can.

A good voice actor should make you forget about the voice, or make the voice feel totally like the character. Happy Feet doesn't sound like a penguin, he sounds like farking Elijah Wood.

Regarding this Lego movie: Are you really going to tell me Elizabeth Banks is a better fit than, say, Tara Strong?



Sure, an unknown/character actor would always enable suspension of disbelief better than a star, whether in animation or live-action. Although the star is often a good fit because the role was written/drawn with that actor in mind.

/and as much as I enjoy some of those voice actors, they tend to be better at the "voice" part than the "acting" part
 
2014-02-09 12:24:29 AM  

skinink: the "Santa is white" story


Well, of course he is.
Isn't he?
 
2014-02-09 02:58:54 AM  

Trocadero: I'll tell you one thing, I didn't realize that Alison Brie was in the movie until the credits rolled. Also, some of these voice actors get too much work as it is. I still have problems w/ Adventure Time b/c I still hear Bender.


She was so good in this. The bottom line is this: animated movies now have extremely large budgets and are more and more being targeted to adults and not just children, the LEGO Movie included.  As such, they need people to go onto television talk shows to help promote the movie, and that means getting people who can command at least a guest spot on Letterman and Conan,etc. And that means that you get Chris Pratt voicing Emmett instead of Billy West. When it's done well you get something like The LEGO Movie--where all the characters fit their voice actors and everything seems seamless. When you don't, you get something like, say, A Shark's Tale where it feels like someone animated characters around existing recordings of celebrities.
 
2014-02-09 10:38:07 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: sotua: I loved it, and so did my kids. Paid the costly cinema tickets and didn't feel ripped off at the end *cough* cars 2 *cough*

I was reeeeaaalllllyyy incredulous, then found out the same people did Clone High, which I unabashedly adore.  I suppose if it ever shows up on Netflix or if I need to kill some time with friends/relatives kids, I'll check it out.

Agree with celeb voiceovers being lame, though.  Unless they're awesome.  Elizabeth Banks did not seem to be one of those.


If it's not a really committed one (like, say, Dustin Hoffman in Kung Fu Panda) it sucks.

Now I need to see it in English. Had to see it in out first language for the kids, but I thought that Ferrel did great (even though dubbed) and tapped some of that awesome Stranger Than Fiction talent he has hidden from everyone.
 
2014-02-09 11:17:43 AM  
Either the Fox Business talking head didn't see the movie, or he's incapable of following the plot geared at 8 year olds. The dichotomy is very clearly play versus business, not socialism versus capitalism. My god, these people and their audience are willfully ignorant.
 
2014-02-09 02:02:39 PM  
 The use of celebrities as voice actors allows the studios to have them promote the film in the weeks prior to release.  JK pioneered this at Disney and he continues the practice at DreamWorks.  Some companies use celebrity voices better than others.  Nicolas Cages is not a good voice actor, but John Goodman is fantastic.
 
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