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Moral Orel: Love

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 20th 2006 3:15PM

moral orel(S02E03) First of all, the animation keeps getting better and better. The opening scene at the park had so much happening, and the show pops off the screen in a vibrant way it didn't during the first season. Not that the first season had bad animation, far from it, but the look is improving as it does in most animated shows. I also loved the bubbles foaming in the sink in the final scene when Bloberta is scrubbing a turkey and a lobster.

There's a school of thought that says one's love for Jesus must be unmatched by one's love for anyone or anything else. When Orel finds a puppy, he begins to worry that he might love the dog more than Jesus. What he doesn't take into account is that perhaps he's fond of "Bartholomew" because the puppy loves him unconditionally, which is more than can be said for his father, who spends his time in his study resenting Shapey for not being his real son, or his mother, who channels all her frustration into an unhealthy obsession with cleanliness.

The adults in town begin to resent Bartholomew the puppy: a doctor tells a wheelchair-bound girl she'll never walk again, but when Orel arrives with Bartholomew she gets up and dances around; when Reverend Putty tries to piggyback on the popularity of Jesus by handing out autographed pictures of himself, the kids ignore him and play with Orel's puppy instead. The grown ups want the kids to love and respect them, but they have no desire to actually earn it. They preach unconditional and unparalleled love for the Lord, but in the cynical human world they inhabit, love is treated as a currency, not something to just be spread around to anyone.

Stuff I liked:

  • Orel playing catch with God by tossing the ball into the air (God gave us gravity, after all)
  • Bartholomew picking up a cross-shaped stick and carrying it with him on his way to be euthanized

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