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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 Blue Sky’s upcoming film “Epic,” set for a May 24 release, audiences of children and adults alike learn the importance of connectivity. All life is linked together; the film refers to this idea as “many leaves, same tree.”

The film's protagonist, Mary Katherine, or MK, is magically transformed into a minuscule size, and finds herself among a society of people who are in a classic fight against good and evil as they battle to keep their forest alive. It’s up to MK, a self-proclaimed loner, to find her place in the vastness of humanity and maybe even save the day.

Young audiences can create an emotional connection to the movie's hero, MK, as she understands that because of that connectivity, she must do her part to lend a helping hand to those around her, especially when they are in need.
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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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