Monday, May 23, 2005

Juvenile Pop Culture Creators, Compared

The incomparable James Lileks finally got around to seeing The Incredibles this weekend, along with a couple of other movies. His quick summary captures something I was previously unable to put into words. “Team America was made by 17 year old boys who cut class to smoke cigarettes. Star Wars was made by a sophomore who was bumped ahead to the senior class because of his smarts, but never fit in and spent lunch hour drawing rocketships in his notebook. The Incredibles was made by 30 year olds who remembered what it was like to be 16, but didn’t particularly care to revisit those days, because it’s so much better to be 30, with a spouse and a kid and a house and a sense that you’re tied to something. Not an attitude; not some animist mumbo jumbo, but something large enough to behold and small enough to do.” There’s more.

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