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Frozen’s Hidden Biblical Truth: Don’t Trust Your Heart



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A beautiful princess, an evil protagonist, melodic tunes, pretty gowns, and — yes – Prince Charming. Disney movies have always included certain staples. But Disney’s new movie Frozen has a striking Biblical truth that differentiates it from its predecessors. Frozen tells young viewers not to listen to their heart. Not “listening to your heart,” of course, flies in the face of advice children may receive in most other Disney flicks. Pinnochio’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” song dreamily tells us:

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

(In fact, this song has become such an iconic part of Disney’s lore that the first seven notes are used as the horn signals on their wonderful cruises.) To put an even finer point on it, Mulan’s “True to Your Heart” theme song has these lyrics:

Though you’re unsure why fight the tide
Don’t think so much, let your heart decide Y
ou must be true to your heart, that’s when the heavens will part…
Open your eyes.
Your heart can tell you no lies…
Why second-guess what feels so right?
Just trust your heart and you’ll see the light…

Wal-Mart even sells “Follow your heart” princess merchandise.

But  Disney’s newest movie, Frozenshows the natural consequence of following that ubiquitous advice.  (Warning: Spoilers!)

Tags: Movie , kids , Bible

Two New Kids’ Movies Have Interesting -- and Sometimes Troubling -- Subtexts



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By now, conservative parents know they have to be on guard when their children graduate from high school and go to colleges full of hedonism and liberal professors eager to indoctrinate students with leftist ideology. But, judging from two recent children’s movies, parents would be wise to start guarding their kids’ worldviews at a younger age. Much younger.

This weekend, I found myself with a free Saturday, so I packed my three kids up and headed to our local movie theater to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.  It was a cute movie, full of fun food puns and adorable characters. However, it got me thinking about the subtle — and not-so-subtle — messages that are being delivered to our children in these films. (Spoiler alert.)

In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the enemy that seemed to be a danger to liberty was actually just misunderstood. (Plus, the person leading the charge was really just a money-hungry capitalist with a stake in the war.)

In Free Birds, an oh-so-cool turkey invents a deity because he realizes the rest of his dumb flock needs a fictitious god to give them confidence.

Parents trying to raise kids in a world frequently at odds with their values don’t have to stay home and watch old VeggieTales DVDs. However, it doesn’t hurt to pay attention to the subtext of what’s being directed at our children. 

Tags: Movie , parenting

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