Done with Disney

I think I’m done with Disney. I know. I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to be the ultra-critical grouch who complains about everything – who can’t watch a movie without ranting about every perceived flaw or foible.

I don’t want to be that guy.

I don’t want to be the crazy guy on the street corner shouting at the top of his lungs that rock-and-roll is the devil’s music and that playing any kind of video game will turn your child into Jeffrey Dahmer.

But I do feel I need to say something about the dangers of Disney. You see, some temptations of the devil are immediately apparent. I hope you don’t let your eight-year-old watch movies like Fifty Shades of Grey or Saw. Actually, I hope you don’t feel the need to watch them as adults either. Common sense dictates that such movies are detrimental to our children.

But we’re talking about Disney, though – the people who brought us Bambi and The Mickey Mouse Club. Aladdin is still one of my top ten all-time favorite movies. Even as an adult, I enjoy binge watching the Toy Story trilogy just as much as The Godfather trilogy.

The problem with modern Disney movies is that the dangers are subtle. Unchristian messages are wrapped in shiny pink bows and accompanied by catchy songs. Parents inherently trust Disney. They allow the Disney Channel to help them raise their children. They unquestioningly take their kids to see every Disney movie.

Disney, however, seems to have an agenda nowadays. There are certain values they wish to instill in our children, some of which directly contradict what God tells us in his Word.

Most Disney movies today teach that all people are inherently good. Bad behavior is the result of bad things happening to a person. It’s not their fault. As the trolls sang in Frozen: “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed, but throw a little love their way and you’ll bring out their best.”

At first glance that sounds good and loving. But actually, it contradicts the Bible. According to the Bible, we aren’t inherently good. We are inherently sinful. We don’t do bad things only because other people treat us bad or because we are afraid. Sin comes very naturally to us. Sin starts in our hearts.

Disney morality teaches that you should always and unquestioningly follow your heart. Don’t listen to those who try to keep you from doing what you feel is right. According to Disney morality, the only evil in our world is intolerance – those who tell you that what you feel or think is wrong or bad.

In contrast, the Bible teaches that our thoughts and feelings are stained by sin and selfishness. The voice inside of us is not always the voice of truth. The voice we always need to listen to is God’s, which speaks to us through his Word, the Bible.

God wants us to lovingly point out when people are doing what he considers wrong or bad. God wants us to humbly accept such correction and follow him – even when our hearts or feelings tell us otherwise.

Disney morality encourages your children to follow their hearts no matter what, even if it leads them away from what God says in his Word about things like sexuality and gender identity.

You may think I’m overreacting. You may think I am the crazy guy shouting on the street corner. For many in our world, what I am saying is an example of the intolerance and bigotry Disney stands against.

Just know that Disney movies today have a moral agenda which often contradicts what the Bible says. Know what your kids are watching. Listen carefully to those catchy songs.

As for me, I think I’m done with Disney.

 

  7 comments for “Done with Disney

  1. Jake
    March 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I have noticed some of these message and and others as well. I also don’t want to be the one “standing on the street corner” because I love the animation and characters in many Disney movies. Unfortunately, it is sad to see that most movies and shows are promoting, not even subtle messages, that directly contradict what God says in his word. I was really made aware of this last summer when watching some Disney channel shows with my nephews. All the adults in the shows were portrayed as incompetent, bumbling, idiots and kids were, therefore, justified in making fun of them and disobeying them. The message was blatant to kids, adults usually don’t know what they are doing, so they shouldn’t be the ones telling you what to do. You can, basically, figure it out on your own. It’s sad to see that happening.

  2. Kenneth
    March 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Hear Hear, my friend

  3. Sandy
    March 12, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I have actually been anti-Disney for a long time. My kids loved the old movies, and so do I. But I cannot watch the newer ones. And Disney has not always been squeaky clean. I remember watching Dumbo and seeing not only bullying, but drinking to excess.

  4. Tom Dannemiller
    March 13, 2018 at 1:12 am

    It seems that you are putting a lot on the back of Disney here. I don’t think Disney or any other entertainment medium is responsible for instilling morals in your child. You are….

    Attempting to isolate your children from the outside world is an impossible task, for starters. Even if by some miracle you could do this, you leave them completely unprepared for college, employment or whatever time they step out of the bubble you have created for them and are bombarded by the real world. You will have crippled them of their ability to independently evaluate what they are exposed to and make healthy decisions about it.

    Common sense exposure to the outside world as it is, at ages that they can understand, allows for discussions about morals at an age when you are still quite influential in your child’s life. For example, why not make the song you refer to above a “teachable moment”. Talk to your child about the difference between what the Bible says and what the song says. Teaching your child how to make good choices is messy, time consuming, and hard work, but I pray that you decide to put in the effort, rather than expecting Disney to do your job for you
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    • schroera
      March 13, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Tom, Thanks for you comment. I agree with you that we cannot and should not raise our children in a bubble. The point of the article was to make people aware of the subtle messages in many Disney movies today and the values they wish to instill in our children which go against the Bible. I took my daughter to see “A Wrinkle in Time” the other night and we had a long conversation afterward.

    • Mark Lester
      March 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      ? It’s not that hard to understand. He is right and no one is expecting Disney to raise their children for them. It’s not just Disney, turn on network tv any night of the week……What is discreetly fed to our childrens minds by others is not moral or Christian…And a lot of parents sit there and watch it with their kids… SAD

  5. K. Lindsey
    March 17, 2018 at 6:12 am

    We need to see the subtle messages. This was a great article. Thanks.

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