June 22, 2016
Watching the teaser for next year's Beauty and the Beast remake, I realized I wasn't much like my childhood heroine at all.
Fun side note: the lead animator for the beast was a man named Glenn Keane (son of cartoonist Bill Keane) - he a strong brother in Christ. In the Anniversary edition DVD release, there was a featurette in which he described the creative process of animating the transformation scene in the film's climax. He said something to the effect that he was animating his theology - that in Christ, we are new creations. Right on.
In Reply to Dave T (comment #28481)
Sorry for the typos.
Growing up I had no interest in 'fantasy' movies; books were my medium of choice for that: preferring musicals, action films and documentaries.
Grandkids were responsible for my introduction to Disney/Pixar type films.
Perspective leads perception in my experience. Sadly some will 'feel' but not understand... others live vicariously via fictional characters. The spiritual applications come from relationship with our Creator or those who are in fellowship with Him. Thank You for serving Him with a well crafted; biblically accurate: review of this classic film - Maranatha -
I won’t be seeing this remake. There is a homosexual agenda being promoted, and to make light of it with the excuse that the other 99% is OK is not sending a message to our kids that sin is unacceptable to holy God. This new reference isn't portrayed as sinful, and I doubt that the vast majority of self proclaimed Christian parents who take their kids to see this will take the time for a teaching moment to help their kids understand what Scripture says about homosexuality.
I'm discouraging others from patronizing Disney until they realize that promoting such behavior is offensive to those who truly believe Scripture.
In Reply to John Vance (comment #30233)
Your opinion is of course understandable, and I encourage parents to exercise discernment in all forms of media (I was raised by such conscientious parents as these). I am not a parent yet, so I was writing from my perspective as a young adult who processes the world through its stories. I hope by reading this article you can better understand the bigger story being told in fairy-tales, and how much they point to an Author who is much more worthy of praise and devotion than any Disney animator, script-writer, or composer. I believe my article still applies to the remake in many ways: I believe it to be a story that tells that "tale as old as time" that we find in the stories of Scripture (which, of course, is also full of sinful people -- all in need of grace). When I wrote this piece last summer there was no way for me to foresee any "agendas" or anticipate a huge debate over the content of the film, so if you do not agree I truly hope that you can read this for what it is, and know that it was crafted in reference to the original film. Thanks for your comment!
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