Most mainstream animated features are philosophically kid-friendly or kid-nurturing. They push uplifting, socially optimistic, find-your-strength and fulfill-your-destiny messages. And they’re lively, amusing, cute, endearing. It would be nice if an occasional animated feature would deliver a counter-attitude or two. You don’t have to live a normal family life. People who live in prefab neighborhoods are robots. Greedy corporations are bad for the planet. All I know is, I’m sick of be-all-you-can-be themes. I want another WALL*E. Something poignant, socially critical. Or subversive.

I know that sophistos are telling each other than Wreck-It Ralph is an above-average thing, but I’m done with corporate-funded positivism. It feels Orwellian.