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Animal Rights
List creator: AKrizman
Created on: June 1, 2003 - 10:50 AM PDT
Description: Animal movies have an annoying tendency to anthropomorphize animals, creating the impression that it's only important to care about cute animals that talk. Nonetheless, here's my list of movies with positive animal rights messages.

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Babe (1995)
  Don't eat pork. (because adorable talking pigs will miss their mommies)
Chicken Run (2000)
  Don't eat chicken. (because as the chicken herself says 'I don't want to be a pie... I don't like gravy')
Seriously, though, the provocative allegory of a chicken farm as a concentration camp is impressively daring.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
  Don't eat frog legs. (because frogs are lovable banjo-playing muppets that sing songs about rainbows)
Finding Nemo (Widescreen) (2003)
  Don't eat fish. Even the sharks are repentant.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  With this, Disney teaches an anti-hunting lesson to a generation of kids too young to remember 'Bambi'.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
  Explores our enigmatic relationship with companion animals: collared and captive, they are our adored playthings, free, they're pests to be exterminated.
Creature Comforts (1989)
Not Rated
  Hilarious short that interviews the inhabitants of a zoo, some of the dialogue is actually from interviews with residents of nursing homes.
Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control (1997)
  The 4 subjects each have a different relationship with animals; the topiary gardener sees just the form, the lion tamer sees only a tool, the robotics engineer sees a series of behaviors, and the molerat specialist sees a cog in a larger social organism.
No Telling (The Frankenstein Complex) (1991)
  A horror movie about animal experimentation. Didactic at times, but well-intentioned.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
  The primary social issues addressed in this movie are not animal-rights related: nuclear annihilation, slavery, and religion's relationship with science; but there is subtext regarding the ethics of animal experimentation.
Predator (Collector's Edition) (1987)
  It's doubtful that its criticism of hunting is intentional, but this movie's monster is a sportsman whose sole motivation for preying on weaker beings is for the trophies.

...and now for the counterpoint...
Demolition Man (1993)
  Vegetarians are oppressive weak commie sissy fags.

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