Life lessons from 'Toy Story,' 'Up' and 6 other animated movies

Published: Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:12 a.m. MDT

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In Disney/Pixar’s 1995 blockbuster “Toy Story,” kids are introduced to the Tom Hanks-voiced cowboy Woody, the clear favorite of toy-owner Andy.

After a fateful birthday party, Woody must come to grips that Andy’s new favorite is a shiny new Buzz Lightyear toy. Woody’s identity crisis is not unrelatable. Most adolescents struggle with a phase of egocentricity, thinking they are the most important, and therefore entitled to the love and praise of the world.

Undeniably, most teens will have an awakening as they learn through a variety of situations that though important, they are still part of a larger whole. Throughout the movie children and adolescents can identify with Woody’s journey to learn that it’s OK not to be the center of attention all the time.
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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm sorry but Disney has just as much of a liberal agenda as the rest of Hollywood. I could point a lot of it out, but surely people would accuse me of being mad. Even saying Disney has no other agenda but to make kids feel warm and fuzzy will probably not be welcomed by someone.

Disney doesn't teach kids about honesty, parents do. The films are great to watch, but they are entertainment and nothing more. We shouldn't think of them as teachers or mentors. That's what people are for.

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