Does Disney really ban God from its movies?

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    April 29, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    to JCS

    Do you ever get tired of posting the same monologue ad naseuam?

    to Digomart

    "...But it doesn't bug me when the secular business world avoids portraying or invoking God in order to turn Him into a marketable commodity."

    Agreed. Besides, Madison Ave & Hollywood would pale in comparison to politicians in this arena.

  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    April 29, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    I don't think we need to get into politics, especially when we are commenting on a movie's industry's decision.

    But if we have to, may I say that governments need a belief system in order to function. You cannot have a government in which they both support and oppose gay marriage, abortion, or smoking something illegal. There has to be restrictions.

    Most of the time, that belief system has STRONG religious origins. So if at the time of the American Revolution Christianity found abortion to be evil, then it would be common sense to the founding fathers, who would make a law about it.

    You cannot really seperate religion and state because they rely on each other. One without the other.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 29, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    If you want to see a movie with a massive pro-gay agenda, go see the cartoon "Happy Feet". It was hardly subtle and very, very disappointing.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    Speak2Truth: "Disney has indeed become an agent of social change. Communists call this "feminizing" a society, eliminating the Father as head of the family and role model for his children."


    this is nothing new in Disney movies. Who ran the household in Snow White? Where was her father? In Sleeping Beauty? Again, the Step Mother ran the show. No father to protect her. How can a princess be in distress unless the father is too weak to protect her.

    It is not new.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    April 26, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Shocked? Surprised? Been asleep for a few decades?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 26, 2014 2:53 p.m.

    To King's Court: Why is this even an issue in Utah where the majority of people believe in personal freedoms (or so I thought)?Many citizens of the United States of America believe in God and we appreciate our freedom that is provided by our Military men and women. If this is what Disney is going to make a practice of then we will not be attending any more Disney movies.

  • Speak2Truth Santa Rosa, CA
    April 26, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    Sprywolf, the movie "Brave" had only one parent, the Mother. All males in that movie were caricatured as idiotic, brawling, bumbling, rage-filled buffoons. There were no Men in the movie.

    Disney has indeed become an agent of social change. Communists call this "feminizing" a society, eliminating the Father as head of the family and role model for his children. Lenin quickly grasped the power of movies to affect the social mores of the viewer and Leftists continue to aggressively manipulate society through them.

    Sadly, in the past decade or two, even Disney has succumbed to the God-hating and Father-hating Leftist agenda.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    @I know/live/love it.
    "An older gentleman essentially called "Let it Go" a 'disguised gay propaganda' piece."

    Many people compared Elsa to many other things. Some compared it to a struggle with depression. I'd even seen someone compare it to joining the LDS church. And yes, some find similarity between it and coming out.

    People will claim that they're not against gay people, just same-sex marriage. Okay, so what if he's right and there's something to this gay thing. There's no marriage for Elsa, no relationship, no sex... if she's the equivalent of a gay person, wouldn't she be the sort of gay person you'd all be just fine with? Or are you not fine with it? Is it really about more than same-sex marriage and same-sex sex? Do you believe gay people should conceal, don't feel, don't let them know? Is that the problem, she left her room/closet?

    Granted, BYU's survey asked if people were "heterosexual and don't struggle with same-sex attraction" or "heterosexual and struggle with same-sex attraction" so... I shouldn't be surprised.

  • Spellman789 Syracuse, UT
    April 26, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    Disney did Other Side of Heaven

  • 1 wisemomma Valley Center, USA, CA
    April 26, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    Why is it necessary to overanalyze EVERYTHING! Why can't a cute movie be just that-a cute movie. Why plant all these ideas in people's heads? Can't we just let children be children and have fun and let adults help them to realize their potential? Why does everything have to have a Hidden Agenda or conspiracy? We live in a country that has thrived on individual thought and innovation for a long time....give people a little credit.

  • Digomart Evansville, IN
    April 26, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    God and church have rarely been visible (or audible) in popular American entertainment. Even back in the good-old-days of television, the archetypal sitcom families that cultural conservatives look back to so fondly ("Father Knows Best" and such) may have had strong moral underpinnings, but God or church were not usually part of the family life. As for Disney, it would be hard to find an film that had a more Biblical basis (or more beautifully animated) than "Pinocchio," but that was a long time ago. Still, popular entertainment in the US has seldom overtly acknowledge God.
    I am a Christian and believe that Jesus is my Savior. But it doesn't bug me when the secular business world avoids portraying or invoking God in order to turn Him into a marketable commodity. Let them remain secular--Hollywood would not be very good at promoting God anyway.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    April 26, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    I get tired of how often people dismiss "Disney conspiracies" as being ridiculous.

    After Prop 8, 2009 and 2010 was filled with more SSM debate in the media than ever before. I said that the Pixar short "Day & Night" was a response to it, or at least generally at conservatives.

    People said I was crazy.

    An older gentleman essentially called "Let it Go" a 'disguised gay propaganda' piece.

    Everyone thought he was crazy.

    At this point, I really wondered how so many could dismiss something. I wondered if everyone was blind to what they didn't want to see. Then Disney openly cuts the cord with the Boy Scouts admittedly because of their position on this issue.


    With respect, I ask to everyone who pledges their devotion to the great Mickey Mouse- what does it take? How spelled-out does it have to be?

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    April 26, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    To Oatmeal: While not actually a movie the wildly popular Sophia The First series is a prime example of not only a traditional family but a mixed traditional family. If you are unaware the debut of the series centers around a widower king with a young son and daughter and a commoner with her daughter Sophia who fall in love and get married. Subsequent shows in the series continue to emphasize this family and the family's structure.
    I really think this over analysis of Disney movies has gotten out of hand. Now Frozen is suggested to be not only pro gay but anti religious. The Atlantic magazine article linked to sites examples from Pinocchio (1940) and Dumbo (1941) among many others. Apparently I've been exposed to pro gay subliminal messages my entire life and didn't know it. I think all of these people looking for dark sinister hidden meanings has become an obsession. To steal a phrase I think it is time to just let it go.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    April 26, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    Who cares! Disney is a privately owned corporation and they can do what they want. Why is this even an issue in Utah where the majority of people believe in personal freedoms (or so I thought)?

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    April 26, 2014 6:30 a.m.

    One nation under god.
    In god we trust.
    Now if we can just fix that separation in church and state thing.
    All things come from god. Why wouldn't we have him involved in All things.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    April 26, 2014 6:21 a.m.

    Which God?

    In my travels, I have met many good people who are not Christian. Their God is just fine by me, they lead good lives.
    The idea that this is a Christian Nation is wrong. The majority may be Christian, but the State takes no sides. Their attitude eludes me. This Country was founded on the principles that there is not a State Religion. Please stick with it, and enjoy your own beliefs and do not impose them on everyone.

  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    April 26, 2014 4:45 a.m.

    The point is that even though the movies try to make them universal for everyone (such as excluding any reference of God in order to appease those not of the Christian faith), you can still see lessons supporting Christian values, such as enduring to the end and standing up for what is right.

    So let Disney be. As long as they make movies that inspire people to do good in the world, they are fine.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    "Disney used to support traditional marriage and family."

    What are you using as an example of something that goes beyond Frozen's emphasis on love of family? And as for traditional marriage, there's clearly a blossoming relationship at the end of the movie there. More realistic than other Disney movies anyway, after all, who marries someone they just met?

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    April 25, 2014 8:07 p.m.

    The original fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen is completely religious. It has always been a favorite of mine. Frozen has retained, little, if any, of the original story. The original starts with Satan and his minions trying to take a mirror to Heaven. It falls and breaks which causes pieces of it to get into your heart or eye. It is a story of sacrifice as the young girl in the story goes on a journey to rescue her childhood friend, who is a boy, by the way. I like Frozen because the one sister was willing to give her life to save the other's. The real story would never have worked for Disney.

  • sprywolf Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    I don't think Disney specifically tries to put God in it's movies or to keep Him out. I think they try to make movies the appeal to a broad audience. Unfortunately religion can be very divisive, not everyone agrees. Disney has included religious themes and reference in some of it's movies.

    The Thor quote is take out of context.

    @ Oatmeal, to answer your question; Brave. Besides Disney movies have a lot of examples of two-parent traditional family, just like they have examples of many types of families.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    April 25, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    What was the last Disney movie that portrayed a two-parent traditional family? Parents' life expectancies in Disney films is rather short as well!

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    April 25, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    Modern Hollywood has an open and stated agenda of attacking religion and traditional notions of morality. This trend by Disney is distressing evidence of just how far this agenda has infiltrated the entertainment industry.

    Disney used to support traditional marriage and family. Now, even its cartoons belittle marriage and portray a complete lack of restraint in interpersonal relationships.

    Frozen is the perfect example of subversiveness. The politically correct propaganda simmering just beneath the surface is nothing less than frightening.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 25, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    I hope so. God, as a concept is personal and puts an element of division in something like a disney movie that really doesn't need to be there.

  • Kally Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    So, Odin and Thor not being God or gods is a bad thing for Christians?

    Writing songs and movies that are inclusive of all view points is also a bad thing?

    There have been so many articles and letters in this paper about the need for different viewpoints and how people should not be shut out or shut down if they have differences, but now this article is complaining because a secular institution which makes movies based on fantasy doesn't fantasize enough about God.

    I suppose if God was included, people would be complaining because they didn't like the way he was being portrayed.

    Here is an interesting thought - just because someone doesn't pepper everything they say and do with references to God, does not make them anti-God or anti-Christian.

    I mean seriously, do we really need references to God in fairytales? Do you really want children to view Him in the same fantasy light as Cinderella's fairy godmother?

  • PolishBear Charleston, WV
    April 25, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    Oh, BROTHER.