The Lego Movie
Emmet (Chris Pratt) with Batman (Will Arnett)Warner Bros

The Lego Movie is a U certificate family adventure beloved by critics and – after enjoying the second biggest February box office opening ever – is well on its way to becoming box office gold.

It makes for an unlikely target of vitriol but then again, this is Fox News we're talking about. Fox News journalists cried foul of the film's alleged "anti-capitalist message" on a segment that aired over the weekend, and which you can watch below.

Fox Business host Charles Payne criticised the film for "pushing its anti-business message to our kids," in the form of President Business (Will Ferrell), the film's villain.

The Muppets and The Lorax have both been targets of similar attacks in recent years and are name-checked in the video.

Bizarrely one participant even defends It's a Wonderful Life's selfish banker Mr Potter: one of the first examples of a power-hungry businessman as the villain of a popular film.

Media analyst Paul Degarabedian said Hollywood has always seen businessman as ''easy targets'', to which Payne asked: "Why is the head of a corporation where they hire people, people go to work, they pay their rent, their mortgage, they put their kids through college, they feed their families, they give to churches, why would the CEO be an easy target?" 

The Lego Movie raked in $69.1 million (£42m) over the weekend in the United States and will be released here on Friday 14 February.

It stars Chris Pratt as everyman Emmet Brickowoski who discovers he is the key to saving the Lego world. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Will Arnett.