As if there's not enough propaganda coming out of Hollywood, a media critic says a new film offers children a twisted view of business and heroism.
In the animated film "Norm of the North," polar bear Norm attempts to stop a real estate mogul from planning to develop the Arctic.
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center says "Norm" follows other recent films targeting children such as "Hoot," "The Lorax," and the "Muppets."
"Norm" is scheduled to be released today by Lionsgate.
"It's always concerning when you see Hollywood targeting our children as a way to get rid of things that they don't like," says Gainor. "In this case, they don't like capitalism, so Norm goes on his own little polar bear jihad against capitalism."
MRC sister website NewsBusters described the film as "eco-socialist propaganda" aimed at children.
"Norm rescues his Arctic home from a housing project 'for the one percent,' NewsBusters writer Sam Dorman writes on the website.
The film's antagonist, Mr. Greene, is predictably portrayed as greedy and heartless, since he wants to build in the North Pole.
Dorman writes that Mr. Greene is a left-wing environmentalist's idea of "evil capitalists" while the character's office assistant, Vera, is informed by her daughter that activity in the Arctic will destroy the world.
"The timing of this couldn't be more accurate," says Gainor, "since of course we are now drilling in the Arctic and the Left in the media are freaked out about it."
The irony of such an anti-capitalist film, he says, is that Hollywood wouldn't exist without money.