Is television poison? Oftentimes it is. I'm not going to pull a Randall Parker and go condescending snob on you, "Haha you brainwashed poor little soul, you probably cannot help yourself". Thanks Dad, keep popping Vitamin D and eating almonds in your superzip, I bet the hordes of lumpenproles will honor that imaginary zip code border. Television and Hollywood is garbage, but occasionally there is something good. We cut the cable cord years ago, and Netflix and Amazon streaming through the Roku-box is our method of Hollywood consumption. It's pretty minimal for us adults, but the wee one does watch some things. That is how I grew to know Thomas the Tank Engine and write up a fake fandom subculture. One thing I do is watch the cartoon or live action show for messaging. Some things are never turned on again. One of those will be "Alpha and Omega" and its terrible direct to video sequels.
A simple Saturday morning with your kid pointing at the Netflix screen and saying "Doggies" can become a lesson in hybrid vigor. See Kate the alpha female wolf is suppose to marry an alpha male wolf, but she falls for smart Omega Humphrey. Alpha Garth learns to love Omega Lilly who has a hair swept over the eyes look (wolves can do '80s haircuts?). This is a big deal as alphas only marry alphas. Oh my God, the barriers are being broken down. The packs do not approve, but love wins out. Love also wins out because Kate decides, "no papa wolf, I will not marry the wolf you say I should, I'm making my own wolf decision". Yes, the inter-class or interracial dating message starts with little kid movies.
Further progressive messaging is in the direct to video shows. Standard modern progressive viewpoints. Exclusion is bad. Traditionally awesome people who are alpha and want to be the best or pure are morons, bad and never good. Exclusion is bad. Even in competitions, excluding anyone due to performance is bad. One character says (paraphrasing), "Yeah only the best compete and the best just happen to be alphas". Check your alpha wolf privilege, cub. Now a mom, Kate, turns out to have been such an awesome athlete that she once won the competitive games (grrl power). The wolves who like to compete are always portrayed as moronic, psychopaths obsessed with sports. This actually leads to a worse point, and one that our culture is awash in.
A character who is physically weaker is always smarter or more clever. A character who is physically stronger has a mental weakness. Walk through an Ivy League fitness center. You will find plenty of strong guys. Ask some weaklings tough math problems, and you will find weak does not mean smart. Both of these examples exist and may buck the common stereotype a tiny bit. They may be against type and less frequent in occurrence, but the average cartoon does not take this into account. In an age of be whatever your heart leads you to, pigeon-holing people with messaging from toddler on up that strong equals dumb and weak equals smart is not helpful. Smart people are born, but nerds are made. Once parents find out their kid is smart, they layer on nerd activities. This must explain why my friends and I could only scrape together 8 guys for pick up football games on the quad on Saturdays through my four years at Cornell.
Did Tom + Jerry teach us anything? Was Speedy Gonzales a stereotype of Mexicans with tons of Mexican jokes? Was the entire Saturday Morning Cartoon smorgasboard devoid of lessons? No, yes, and no, but we turned out fine. We scored higher on tests than kids today and with far less time devoted to school. Hollywood cannot just entertain us anymore. There has to be a lesson, and the lesson has to reinforce prog ideology. GI Joe taught us something about staying out of trashed refrigerators and away from downed power lines, but that was after the show. The show spotlighted awesome characters and vehicles that our parents could buy us for our birthday. Transformers were robots in disguise battling evil Decepticons. Things needed to be blown up, and toys needed to be promoted for sale in the holiday shopping season.
The propaganda is steady and force fed from birth. The prog propaganda is considerably worse today, so if you can stream an old Mr. Roger's Neighborhood or a Sesame Street from 1978, try it. They cannot just leave us alone. Not just in the news, not just in eligible voter age fictional shows, but in every single thing they spit out at us. Even the science fiction nerds who loved Quantum Leap were watching every week to see Sam Beckett jump back in time to fix the past in the good progressive manner. Maybe this cartoon series can keep churning out the terrible sequels, allowing for trans* wolf, gay wolf and occupy wolf den storylines. Hopefully not, and this terrible little cartoon can die from fewer viewers because kids just want to watch wolves run, fight and chase each other in the woods. No one wants to hear interfaith Kate and Humphrey teach their cubs on the values of including fat porcupines in the wolf Olympics to beat the bid bad, Aryan Nation wolf cubs from the north. Just give us "Wolf Wars" with the wolves running and fighting but throw in the occasional anvil to knock a wolf out until he pops up his head and his teeth fall out like piano keys. make us laugh, let kids be kids and leave the Marxist ideology for the schools to take care of in their daily lives.