I does have meaning, but not one for kids to take from. I'm claiming that it isn't relevant enough for that intended demographic to get anything from it. Rusty doesn't even seem to be claiming the racism is that important:
The racism only serves as a silly subplot that could be easily replaced by Cera's pride for herself.
But it is
important, though; it directly serves to motivate a main character's attitude and actions which is part of mine and Rusty's point.
And of course there were numerous ways to give Cera's pride validity. That's a facet of writing; there are near infinite ways to explain basic traits like "pride" in a character, but this fact alone doesn't diminish how a trait like pride is explained in specific stories.
This is like calling the loss of Batman's parents irrelevant simply because his parents could be replaced by a sibling, or a grandfather, or an uncle, or a close friend. Well, yeah, the writer could've
done that, but it's irrelevant considering how the story is actually written. The fact of the matter is, Batman became Batman on account of his parents being murdered, same as Cera is prideful and mean towards Littlefoot because she believes triceratops are better than apatosaurus, e.g. because she's racist.
Also, I disagree with the idea that kids need to be able to understand every single theme about an animated film for them to take away something positive from it. There are a lot of things about animation that my ten year old brain couldn't comprehend that my twenty-two year old self now can, even with Don Bluth's other films. Why is this particularly problematic in LBT's case?
Edited by Nepenthe, 18 April 2012 - 08:16 PM.