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The ‘G-Force’ Effect

Written by PETA | July 28, 2009
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G Force

Two things we like about Disney’s new movie, G-Force: The guinea pigs aren’t real (they’re computer-generated), and they totally kick butt.

But here’s something we don’t like: Kids who see the movie are no doubt going to beg Mom and Dad to buy them a guinea pig, pleading their case with the usual promises (“I’ll take out the trash and clean up my room.” “I’ll stop telling my brother he is adopted.” Etc.)

Since we all know these promises are as empty as a box of Teddy Grahams 30 seconds into a PETA volunteer work party: Parents, don’t fall for it. Guinea pigs are not, I repeat not suitable “starter pets” for kids. They are noisy, are messy, have sensitive digestive systems, and are extremely fragile—a fall from a couch can break a guinea pig’s back and paralyze him or her. They may be small, but guinea pigs require huge amounts of time, money, and care—including daily cage cleanings, regular nail trimming and grooming, annual veterinary exams, high-quality food, fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamin C to prevent scurvy, as well as daily exercise and attention.

So, Mom and Dad, repeat after me: “What happens in a Disney movie stays in a Disney movie.” You wouldn’t bring Hannah Montana home, so please don’t bring Suarez, Darwin, and Blaster home either.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • RabiudLeroy says:

    True true. I have also had a different thought in mind to coincide with this blog post “no human being is capable of looking after an alien experiment in real life besides none of us have that alien tech with us!” Very well done with voicing your opinion on the portrayal of animals in films to the point of commercial gain… let’s all lobby for caution labels to wake up today’s theater goers. To all future commenters who’s with me?

  • Antoine says:

    Of course I agree that parents shouldn’t cave in to the pressure and get a guinea pig for their children. A plush toy will do just fine. But if responsible adults are willing to take the responsibility of caring for a guinea pig after seeing the movie. Then as long as you do your research and know what you are doing and that you ADOPT one from your local animal shelter I think it would be fine. After all we focus on dogs and cats often but there are many rabbits guinea pigs mice and birds and many many other animals stuck in local shelters and looking for kind informed humans to take them in. Never BUY any animal under ANY circumstances not only are you commodifying the animal turning the animal into an object to be treated as a commodity but you are also driving up the demand for that species of animal. Which make the store request that MORE animals be bred and eventually mean more of these animals in shelters pounds and abandoned in alleyways or worse. ALWAYS rescue or adopt. That is the ONLY way that you REALLY help animals and society. I wish Disney had put something like that as a statement at the end of their movie. Maybe one day corporations will realize that there are repercussions for their actions but I doubt it.

  • Mirage says:

    I remembered 2 more “PETA moments” from GForce. A hamster in the pet store says “I hate the circus” and everyone is horrified when the FBI threatens to take the guinea pig stars and use them for animal testing. In addition one of the guinea pigs’ fictional “backstory” involves being rescued from a cosmetics testing lab.

  • Mirage says:

    GForce did seem to include a few “PETA moments”. When one of the guinea pig characters is hiding in a rack of fur coats he saya “Looks like I’m in the morgue.” Another character who is a mole harbors a deep resentment for humans after his family was killed by exterminators. I think there was another one but I can’t seem to remember it right now.

  • Derek, MD says:

    My wife and I had a pet Chinchilla before my son was born and we lavished him with a four story cage every imaginable chewing block the best food daily dust baths and playtime outside of the cage several times per day. He only lived a little over 4 years because of severe malocclusion which required at least 6 surgeries over the last 2 years of his life. I even hand fed him soft food through a syringe and still get a little misty eyed when I think of his big heart and personality that won over everyone. Although there is much happiness I also am saddened by the thought of his life that although unmatched by “pet standards” still meant he was not free to roam in his natural habitat. I don’t regret buying him as I know that few people would have put the time money $150 for the chinchilla over $3000 for vet bills in two years and effort into his care and that really is the heart of this issue “pocket pets” are not easy to care for in fact I would argue they are much harder to take care of appropriately than a dog or cat.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Guinea pigs are invariably great companion animals for responsible human guardians. Lamentablycountless thousands of sentient and kind guinea pigs have suffered and dies due to human neglect ignorance and irreverence for life.

  • Mariner says:

    But I wanna bring home hannah Montana

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Bravo PETA!! In my lifetime I have parented dogs cats lizards birds turtles fish and guinea pigs. Guess which entailed the most work? I loved my guinea pigs when I had them but I’ll never have them again. Guinea pigs need to be spayed or neutered because they reproduce at an astounding rate. Mine were never awake when I was. I would go to bed just about the time the house party in the guinea pig pad was getting started. Those habitats I went all out have to be cleaned and sanitized every day. The guinea pigs ate better than I did I did not know the meaning of a balanced meal back then but Cinnamon and Sugar sure did. I was sad when they passed away but I did not replace them. An adult cat moved in instead. That was Hobbs. He passed away last year at the age of 22.

  • Aneliese says:

    I thought the exact same thing when I saw a preview for this movie for the first time. I was furious even though I knew it was an animated film. I will never waste my time to go see it. And I hope that parents won’t go out buying guinea pigs for their children either.

  • Jacob says:

    I think Teddy Grahams contain honey. But that’s OK complete perfection is an unrealistic goal for almost anyone. I wish the people who make fun of us for the insulin thing realized that.