"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
"Mailer is forever shouting at us that he is about to tell us something we must know or has just told us something revelatory and we failed to hear him or that he will, God grant his poor abused brain and body just one more chance, get through to us so that we will know."
"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."
David: I’d just like to say this: exactly why does anyone in the world have a gigantic neon sign in their bedroom that says “HELLO THERE” in asymmetrical letterforms? Other than for a totally hacky wreck-the-apartment scene where she can smash the O and T so it can say “HELL HERE.” You’re so damn clever, Tim Burton.
Chris: Well how else do you signal a dramatic change in personality? Other than spraypainting your cat shirts, of course.
"Mr. Shatner shows us the word PARADISE inscribed in the entranceway arch, where someone has painted the word LOST. Wow, that’s really extra-meaningful. It’s almost as if they’re saying that calling something “paradise” doesn’t actually make it so—in 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."
"Don’t know what straw dogs are? Well don’t worry, because we will literally have the characters sit down and discuss the symbolism of it for three minutes. I’m almost shocked there weren’t flashing words on the screen going “Important Theme!!!! Pay Attention!!!“ We also learn David is writing a screenplay about Stalingrad. Don’t get the parallel? Don’t worry, we will have a long scene where David explains very thoroughly to the rednecks the importance of the story."
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.
"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?"
"I still think Deee-lite had it in them to go a little longer, but then that second album happened. ...they got a lot less De-Gorgeous and a lot more De-Preachy. If you were around in 1992, would you want to hear the group that did 'Groove is in the Heart' sing about the ozone layer, safe sex, and the importance of registering to vote? I can't believe this is—this. And this isn't just a 'Rock the Vote' number for the record, this is a full song on the album. The one about safe sex is even worse."
(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"
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.
Then Hope pulled out a convenient megaphone. “THE JOKE IS THAT THE REBOOT SUCKS!” she said. “ DO YOU GET IT NOW, EVERYONE?! DO YOU GET IT?!”