Netizens Criticize Upcoming Animated Movie about Magellan
November 6, 2019 Shaina Dulay
BIG YIKES! An animated movie about Magellan is apparently coming to PH cinemas and netizens are not pleased about it.
As a part of our education, we Filipinos have all learned how we were conquered by Spain for more than 300 years. As a product of that, we were introduced to Christianity and other Western concepts. Moreover, the remnants of those years still lie all throughout the Philippines. So by now, we are all familiar with the story of Ferdinand Magellan. But did you know that next year, an animated movie about him titled ‘Elcano & Magellan’ will be shown in Philippine cinemas?
Apparently, it’s a movie produced by Spain to entertain and educate people about the first voyage around the world. Watch the teaser for it below, as released by local distributor, CRYSTALSKY Multimedia.
Moreover, the caption from their YouTube video states a short explanation for the film.
Anchors away! Hoist the sails!
It’s time to embark on one of the most thrilling adventures of all time; the first ever circumnavigation of the globe in human history! A trip that ended in the same place it began, but after nothing would ever be the same again. This is the story of the brave seafarers who grabbed the helm of history and changed its course forever. A journey which, as many people know, was started by Ferdinand Magellan who was killed by Lapu-Lapu and his men from the Philippines at the battle of Mactan, but not so many know was concluded by Juan Sebastian Elcano.
Netizens want the movie pulled-out from cinemas
There is no denying that a movie depicting our own country’s colonizers as good is a big red flag. Moreover, it even seems like they are showing Lapu-Lapu as the villain in the Battle of Mactan. So because of this, a lot of netizens have shared their sentiments about ‘Elcano & Magellan’.
Read the thoughts of some Twitter users below. A summary though: they are all pissed. Scratch that, WE ARE ALL PISSED.
There’s an animated movie about Magellan and just… YIKESSSS.
Stop depicting colonizers as good guys. pic.twitter.com/Q68s4uxOY9
— 𝔟𝔯𝔲𝔥𝔞 (@satvrncat) November 6, 2019
Magellan’s “discovery” of our land ensured the 300+ years slavery of the Philippines under spanish rule, so no we don’t want a frickin movie about Elcano and Magellan.
— Fuuu ᜉᜄᜓᜇ᜔ᜆᜓᜋ᜔ (@SVfuuu) November 6, 2019
may mga maganda naman na naambag sa atin yung spain pero why is the magellan movie depicting the colonizers as heroes when we literally Suffered i!!!!!! 🤮🤮🤮 thats not it
— noel (@e0wyg) November 6, 2019
this film looks so disgusting idk where to start? the ‘valiant’ white man portrayed as the hero? the native girl swooning at the colonizer? lapu-lapu, a man protecting his home from invaders, as the villain? the spanish slaughtered our ancestors & mercilessly colonized us thefuck https://t.co/kK3nvgkCtG
— jared vincent? (@jaredlacaran) November 6, 2019
In our opinion, this movie is not for the Filipino audience. The local distributor, CRYSTALSKY, should think about it. ‘Cause hello, who would dare watch it? Conflicts between countries and their clear understanding of history is still a problem, but this is just too much of an eyesore for us. After all, they are the people that colonized us, and 300 years is f*cking long.
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