During times of great political upheaval and despair, Americans tend to turn toward easy and escapist forms of entertainment. As the United States marched to war against Islamic terror in the Middle East beginning in 2001, the box office for simple superhero and pirate movies skyrocketed.
I Can’t Stop Watching ‘Cheers’ — And It’s Killing Me
Matthew Gault

I know! This is how Spiderman’s franchise came to be and there was Ice Age and Cats and Dogs and Planet of the Apes. That was some of my 2002–03 entertainment.

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