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A bereaved father said Disney will send the wrong message to children if it fails to cut a scene from its movie "Cars" when it is released on DVD.

Dr. Lanny F. Wilson of Hinsdale, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in a rail crossing accident in 1994, said he's not satisfied with Disney's explanation of the scene in which an animated racecar cuts in front of a speeding train.

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/state/14948225.htm

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Poor judgment in outrunning the train helps reveal his reckless and thoughtless behavior and is certainly not glorified," Trotta said.
If there is a consequences for his actions shown I don't think there's a problem.

Very small children may not realize that it's poor judgement. But then again very small children tend not to drive cars either.

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I've seen the movie. It was a scene set up to make the audiance think "what a moron," but there were no real consequences for it.

I dunno,I guess I really don't see the problem (if there is one, as Candy said most kids don't drive cars.) Shouldn't this be easy to solve by telling Junior "That was pretty silly of McQueen to do, wasn't it? He could have gotten really hurt."

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Why just on the dvd? Why are they basing life lessons on CARTOONS? I've seen the movie as well and with a toddler I don't really recall the scene...I may have missed it. Why they didn't they mention his son's age? A lot of scenes in movies could be said as such but then again it's a movie.

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I didn't like that scene in the movie. I also didn't care for the fact that McQueen tried to outrun the police officer.
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Actually, remember that McQueen was going to stop because he wanted help. But then, the sheriff began backfiring, he mistook it for gun fire and kept running because he thought he was being shot at. It was a misunderstanding caused by fear, not an effort to subvert authority.

The whole "near miss with a train" thing has been done in cartoons before. The Simpsons springs to mind ("Homer the Heretic" I believe is the one), and I know there are Warner Brothers and other Disney cartoons that have made similar gags with train tracks. I'm not sure why this time is such a big deal.

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There's a car in it named McQueen? (I haven't seen it yet.) Cute. Is it a 1968 Mustang?

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Nick - Lighting's, the red race car, last name is McQueen.

And didn't anyone else notice that hell was said twice in a movie meant for little kids?

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I would also like to cut all those dangerous actions from the movies, where there are cars jumping over a drawbridge. Heck, overtaking on the right actually *is* a serious risk and many kids think it's cool, so cut that from all the chase scenes too. And how about those ninja movies where they are whirling around with sharp swords for no reason but to impress? Kids, don't do that at home.

I can see how an affected father does not like the scene and may feel really bad, and he has my sympathies, but I think this is bordering on the ridiculous.

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I wouldn't be surprised if the car/train scene isn't a homage to Tex Avery's cartoon One Cab's Family (which definitely influenced the character design).
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I can understand the father's view, I mean, he's still grieving (you never get over the death of your child), but he's being a little unreasonable. I have not seen the movie either, but the whole "out-running a train" thing has been done a million times. It's practically a clich.

Really, I'm more upset that they used that tired old sequence. It's getting dull. And, as it's been said, kids don't usually drive cars and it's not that hard to let your children know that that's a bad idea.

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Is anyone else really over the "Crusade for a Dead Relative" thing? It's tragic that this father lost his daughter, but geez....life isn't sterile. Besides, does he really think his son did something dangerous that killed his sister, because the son was more influenced by TV or movies, than a parental instruction to obey traffic laws? maybe he just feels guilty.

There's a woman whose son was killed because he picked up and shook a Coke machine trying to get a free pop out of it, and it fell on him and killed him. Does she worry about the kind of values she instilled in her son? perhaps...but what she DOES is start a crusade to have pop machines chained to the wall so they can't fall and kill people.

Sheesh.

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I think children can usually distinguish between reality and fantasy. I don't think we give them enough credit.

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Isn`t "Cars" meant for children much younger than those who normally drive cars?
Anyway, I can see one reason why the father is protesting the movie, although I do not agree with him at all. He sees the death of his daugther as a failure to protect her, so he is trying to protect all the other children in order to make up for his tragic failure.

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I think the scene just hits a nerve for the father and he has my sympathy but I don't think it needs to be removed. Heck, the poor roadrunner had Wild E Coyote trying to blow him up with anything he could get his hands on since I was a toddler.
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I think the scene just hits a nerve for the father and he has my sympathy but I don't think it needs to be removed. Heck, the poor roadrunner had Wild E Coyote trying to blow him up with anything he could get his hands on since I was a toddler.
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Originally posted by Brandi:
I wouldn't be surprised if the car/train scene isn't a homage to Tex Avery's cartoon One Cab's Family (which definitely influenced the character design).

Thank you, Brandi! I have been trying to remember the name of that cartoon ever since I saw the movie, but I couldn't remember who made it.

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