Friday, September 7, 2012

Profile: Melman Menkowitz

Actually, we found a very, very prominent Pixar Jew. Profile should be coming up in a few weeks...

1 comment:

  1. Glad you got to this, and agree on the verdict. Melman, long neck and spots notwithstanding, is a turkey.

    I was struck from the start, though, that Madagascar consists, essentially, of pairs of Jews and Blacks:
    Melman/Gloria, Alex/Marty, and Julien/Maurice

    I'm not sure what that means, but one idea I've had is that the three different Jewish-voiced characters collectively represent the stereotype of the Jew. Melman is whiny and hypochondric; Alex is talented but insecure; and Julien is manic and unpredictable (if self-obsessed).

    I didn't like the movie all that much, but that range of Jewish types -- each playing off a variation of the African-American stereotype -- made it at least a bit more interesting than the disappointingly easy depiction of Melman alone would have done.