"With great power comes great responsibility"
That's the catch phrase of old Uncle Ben
If you missed it, don't worry, they'll say the line
Again and again and again
—Weird Al, "Ode to a Superhero"
(Behind the scenes after the story is over.)
Buster: Well, I hope the kids got the message.
Plucky: Yeah, drinkin's uncool.
(The three of them leave the studio.)
Buster: So, do we get to do a funny episode tomorrow?
Hamton: I hope so!
—One Beer, Tiny Toon Adventures
A story forced to carry a message will get heavy and die.
There are five children in this book:
AUGUSTUS GLOOP, a greedy boy;
VERUCA SALT, a girl who is spoiled by her parents;
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE, a girl who chews gum all day long;
MIKE TEAVEE, a boy who does nothing but watch television;
CHARLIE BUCKET The Hero
This story, alas, seems to have a moral, and, in fact, ends by pounding that moral over the reader's head. That is bad. Straightforward preaching spoils the effectiveness of a story. If you can't resist the impulse to improve your fellow human beings, do it subtly.
Mr. Shatner shows us the word PARADISE inscribed in the entranceway arch, where someone has painted the word LOST. Wow, thatís really extra-meaningful. Itís almost as if theyíre saying that calling something ďparadiseĒ doesnít actually make it soóin fact, it might even become the very opposite of that! What rich irony, indeed.
It's common for aliens in the Trek universe to be metaphors created to address contemporary political or cultural issues, but in the case of the Kohms and Yangs subtlety was set on fire, strapped to a dump truck full of dynamite and rolled off a cliff.
Donít know what straw dogs are? Well donít worry, because we will literally have the characters sit down and discuss the symbolism of it for three minutes. Iím almost shocked there werenít flashing words on the screen going ďImportant Theme!!!! Pay Attention!!!ď We also learn David is writing a screenplay about Stalingrad. Donít get the parallel? Donít worry, we will have a long scene where David explains very thoroughly to the rednecks the importance of the story.
"Okay guys, I get it. The hyperbole is a good way to get people's attention, but you don't think that just maybe referring to Africa as a famine-ravaged wasteland and consigning an entire continent to 'chimes of doom' might be a bit patronizing?"
—The Nostalgia Chick on "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?"
(zoom in on smiley face balloon as main characters' souls are taken)
Crow: "Oh sure, just shove the irony in our faces, why don't you!"
—Mystery Science Theater 3000, "Soultaker"
Rod: Man, that was a good movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
Rick: That is it. I'm getting myself a car that's environmentally friendly.
Obscurus Lupa: I feel like this movie has some sort of message it's trying to tell us.
BEN arrives at LIFE and walks past the LIFE MOTTO which is:
LIFE MOTTO: To see the world, Things dangerous to come to,To see behind walls, Draw closer, To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
The MOTTO is inscribed on a GIANT 30,000-TON ANVIL which then TOPPLES OVER and CRUSHES THE AUDIENCE. The FILM continues on, its dim light impassively flickering over the ENORMOUS SMEAR OF GOO that was once dozens of innocent people.