Thursday, April 14, 2011

Antz and A Bugs Life - relating to Finn

This first video is the movie Antz.  According to is about "A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves." In this movie it shows how everyone is born into a certain status or class and they are all supposed to just be happy with their pre-set status. This reminds me a lot of  Patrick J. Finn's Literacy with an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest. Z the Ant would be one of those working class children who is about his own self-interest. Z the ant seems to be very well spoken and he would be a perfect example of Freire's wishes of using "literacy to engage in the struggle for justice."(pg.2 Finn's preface)

This second clip is from A Bug's Life. This clip shows the grasshoppers discussing what will happen if the ants stand up to them. The grasshoppers kind of represent that small percentage of the rich and powerful in a capitalistic society that keep the poor, poor in order to benefit themselves. This scene shows the lead grasshopper explaining "dangerous literacy"(pg.2 Finn) because one ant stood up and questioned the authoritative grasshopper.  

Both of these films remind me so much of how tracking effects people and like Finn says, "But, in fact I was schooling these children, not to take charge of their lives, but to take orders." I think these films both represent how our society is and how we are all trained to take orders from a young age, just like in class how when Dr. Bogad handed us that worksheet that we should have been offended by but instead we all put our heads down and did the work because that is what we are used to doing.  


  1. I love this movie! I never even realized any of this when I watched this movie when I was younger but your connection with Finn and the movie are completely true!

  2. i love how you connected the movies to the article, nice job! and great choice of movies :)