Monday, June 21, 2010

Stinky Pete as Existential Hero — Crooked Timber

Overthinking philosophers + too much coffee + Pixar children's movie.
Toy Story 2 maps out the major themes of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. They both are driven by the same basic idea – of highly intelligent, potentially autonomous creatures who define their happiness entirely in terms of the happiness of others. In Never Let Me Go, this makes the (liberal) reader quite queasy. In Toy Story 2, this is treated as an entirely happy and natural state of affairs. Perhaps it shouldn’t be – and that so many people take the social relations in Toy Story 2 for granted, suggests that NLMG’s clones’ acceptance of (and even joy in) their status is less socially unrealistic than some of its critics think.