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10 years of Flick Filosopher: weird appeal

There are many reasons why animated films, ostensibly a genre aimed at children, appeal to so many adults. Here’s one. From my review of The Incredibles:

That’s the crux of The Incredibles: the fight against a culture that celebrates mediocrity and conformity and looks with suspicion upon any deviation from the norm. Superhero stories appeal to geek types — who tend to have grown up smart and talented in ways that the rest of the world couldn’t always understand or make use of (at least before the Internet came along) — precisely because, typically, they represent the fantasy of being applauded for being weird.

review of The Incredibles, posted 11.05.04

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