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5 Disney Films That Define Key Family Values

Ninety years ago Walt Disney committed himself to innovating a new vision of family entertainment.

Chris Queen


May 24, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Walt Disney with three of his grandchildren at the opening of Nature's Wonderland at Disneyland in 1960

Walt Disney with three of his grandchildren at the opening of Nature’s Wonderland at Disneyland in 1960

Ask almost anybody to name the most important things in their life, and chances are family will make its way onto the list. Family — or at least the idea of it — lies at the core of most people’s existence. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God designed the family to be the catalyst for spiritual, physical, and emotional growth. The biblical idea of family is built around mutual respect and well-defined roles. You can find plenty of advice in the Bible on how to live life within the family:

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8

“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.” Proverbs 15:20

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20

“Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

“Start children off on the way they should go,¬†and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Walt Disney lived these values too. He loved his daughters and grandchildren, and his ultimate goal was to provide quality entertainment for families. He designed his theme parks to be fun for parents as well as children, and his films and television series contained elements that the entire family could enjoy.

On the next few pages we’re going to look at the value of family in some of the classics in the Disney canon. The studio released four of these films during Walt’s lifetime, and one came out four decades after his death. Enjoy!

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OK, fess up. Who cried when Old Yeller died?

Raises hand.
1 year ago
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5. The Parent Trap? kidding, right....they divorce, split up the kids so neither knows the other exists, raise them without any sibling, then evidently are very satisfied that they did the right thing, with no plans to reunite them and that's a family value?
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Yet another "Disney" article? What's that; 3 this week? How much is PJMedia getting for this product placement?
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The same commission rate whenever you buy anything through our Amazon links.

Look, there's going to be a lot of Disney culture articles and blog posts at PJ Lifestyle. If you don't like them then skip them. Not everything at PJ Lifestyle is going to please everyone.
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It's not a matter of me just not reading something. My dissatisfaction and frustration are born from these megalithic monsters continually getting fed - and by the very people with the ability to promote smaller and more interesting works.

Without question, the highest obstacle an independent artist has is the public's utterly mistaken notion that "big = quality." They have NO faith that a guy sitting in a little room in Tacoma can write a book that's better than "Harry Potter"; that a guy working in his own home studio in Tennessee could be doing work that puts Pink Floyd to shame. Nope. "If it's good, it will come from the accepted channels, and with the full weight of a money machine behind it."

Years ago, I had the hope that the Internet was the key to counteracting that. Ain't gonna happen. The public is STILL swayed by massive media monstrosities, and anyone trying to sell his own book or album is STILL treated like he's peddling Girl Scout cookies at a folding card table outside the grocery store.

It's just sad.
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Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and the Avengers were all created by obscure artists working in a medium that was dismissed as childish. Harry Potter was created by a woman subsisting on the UK's welfare system. Twilight was createdby someone who'd never written so much as a short story before. 50 Shades of Grey started off as Twilight fan-fiction. And Pink Floyd has its origins in grubby little London nightclubs (though why you singled them out is beyond me).

Even Justin Bieber was just a kid on youtube that got noticed by the right people. I despise that kid a little more than I do Satan, but there's no denying how he got where he is.

So that thing that you wish would happen is already happening, every day. The screwed up thing about you is that if your hypothetical great author in Tacoma does write a best seller tomorrow you'll immediately dismiss him as a hack because now that he's been discovered he's corporate, and therefore part of the problem. You've set up a catch-22, in that you want new artists to be popular but then can't stand them once they are.
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So people should ignore good things just because they are made by a big corporation?
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