Even in 1993 Hollywood was pushing diversity and immigration in America. I watched this movie once when I was a kid and laughed at the silly antics and childish slapstick humor. What I didn’t realize was how the antagonist of the movie is an evil conservative bureaucrat set out to deport all illegal immigrants. Throughout the entire movie, the director Steve Barron negatively depicts the antagonist trying his hardest to enforce the law. In one scene we see him yelling at a boat of migrants, telling them they cannot come into the U.S. (ironically he says something which most Americans would agree with today, “We appreciate your situation, but we have problems of our own”). In another, he is pitching a violent idea of how to keep once deported Mexicans from reentering the country. It is unfortunate to rewatch these movies and discover we were being brainwashed for so long.
However, what I think the director and producer were not aware of is the hidden message within. In the end, we see the Coneheads go back to their native planet, which is inhabited by a grotesque, violent, and very odd culture. In the very same move in which Hollywood is trying desperately to show how wonderful all people from all cultures are, they simultaneously show that the illegal immigrant Coneheads come from a dystopian and barbaric land. Even the immigration officer is taken to the planet and immediately stripped down, chained up, and humiliated. Shortly thereafter, the entire Conehead nation returns to Earth to conquer it. The moral of the story? We really do need immigration officers to prevent an entirely foreign culture from infiltrating and dominating and ours.
With all of that said, it is still a silly and fun movie to watch with the family. The father cares deeply for his wife, is a provider for the household, and is protective of his daughter. He even practices his own prejudice and does not want his child dating a foreigner (for good reason, Chris Farley’s character is an obese loser). Just be sure your children are old enough to know that the bad guy in the film might not be such a bad guy in the real world.
I pressed play thinking I was watching the “Hocus Pocus” film, but was surprised to find it was a different retro witch film. Never had heard of it, but it was great. One of those “practical effect” movies from the 80’s / 90’s like the early Peter Jackson films. Creative camera angles and cuts combined with art pieces make it a lot more fun to watch.
Nothin’ to analyze really besides the fact that it reminds me of pedogate stuff and the German accent of the antagonist reminds me of an old Jewish one. So before things totally derail into a film about mice, it could be a good analogy for blood libel (((elites))) tryin’ to diddle and sacrifice your kids.
The phrenology/physiognomy of the witches seems to fit our “preconceived notions” and parallel our reality a bit…
The film’s ironic setting is solid social commentary knowing what we now know about nonprofits/govt agencies being magnets for child trafficking. Hiding in plain sight, right under our unhooked noses.
Overall it was real wholesome, and just scary enough to make it special for Halloween. Would totally watch this with my future children, maybe age 7 and up? ( I remember having nightmares about “Gremlins 3” as a kid so it’s up to your discretion. Surely 12 year olds can handle it. ) Besides, the mouse element it more lighthearted than “Gremlins” and both have outdated visuals that may be laughable to modern audiences. So perhaps, age 9 sounds about right.
What about adults? Well, if you’re not a “practical effects” fan, you can skip this one. It’s not a classic like “Never-ending Story” or many other 80’s/90’s films that are required viewing. But since it’s a Jim Hensen film, I’d recommend it. In fact, I wrote about the pedogate elements of his “All Dogs Go To Heaven” film here. It’s a stretch but you gotta’ wonder if a man with a genuine & pure love for kids got into showbiz, saw some shady stuff, and addressed it through his art. Some Kubrick style catharsis and dog whistling. Iuhnno… I miss when movies still had wiggle room for your own ham-fisted interpretation v.s. the in-your-face woke messages of today. Speaking of which, they are remaking “The Witches” and it’s gonna’ be an all Black cast set in civil rights era Alabama. Surely there’ll be some anti-White propaganda shoved down your throat. Thankfully the original film has none, and is simply a nice experience.