In continuing on my neo con rant against America trying to be more like Europe: Now to their art across the Atlantic The vibrancy of any society is reflected in its art. Italy of the renaissance was surely a very vibrant society. IMO the art coming from Europe is relentlessly dull and umimaginative. The movies are dull and mind numbingly negative. Look at the graphics of their ads and again, IMO, dull and boring. In traveling across Italy, the dress, there in one of fashion's centers, is dull and boring. Everyone wears denim in black or blue and long sleeve shirts w/o color. You won't see board shorts or colorful sandals or colorful dresses. Its like a dull uniform of the youth. Denim long jeans and a long sleeve shirt. Over and over. Now contrast that with a trip thru Cailfornia. Start in the Castro section of SF. then go to the wine country, then Lake Tahoe and the snowboard culture, and then to Hollywood, Venice Beach and then to the pier in Huntington Beach and the sailing culture of Newport Beach. End up in Chula Vista of San Diego county. I promise there will be an amazingly different code/fashion of dress from place to place. Not Italy. Denim jeans, black or blue with long sleeve shirts both boys and girls. From Venice to Sicily. Back to the original premise: Why no Pixar? Why is all the really brilliant animation and CGI almost exclusively American and Asian? At least Japan has its anime, manga and hentai porn LOL. Europe? Dead. Where is there beginning to be real art? India. Why? Its young and becoming more and more hip. Its not accident that Slumdog Millionaire was of India. The music was vibrant, and the energy of the country was evident. All Bollywood films end with that sort of dance number that SD ended with. Can you even imagine the cast of a German or French flilm ending with that joyous ode to youth and enthusiasm? Not likely. Why can't Europe produce a *Toy Story* or a *Madagascar* or a *Lion King?* That does not depend on language or stars or movie sets. It depends on the creativity of the human mind only, with some software tools. Thats it. Art takes many forms, whether it is the classic beauty of the *Pieta* or Renoir's *Luncheon of the Boating Party* or it can be perfect shadowing of an amazingly crafted cartoon character done by energetic people of vision. Why does America produce visionaries like Steven Jobs or Bill Gates and yet I cannot seem to find their counterpart in Europe. Why do we have a Steven Spielberg or an M. Night Shylaman or a Coppola or an Ang Lee? The last European directors I can conjer up of note was Ingmar Bergman and Fellini, and they are long long gone. Do we really want to be Europe with its mind numbing uniformity? I hold England apart from Europe, I love their soccer hooligans and much of English music. Europe has given us ABBA and Ace of Base. And 99 Red Ballooons and Die Kommisar and Electronica.