Since they always want to watch the same few movies though, I at least try to help them see the lessons contained in those movies.
- In “Finding Nemo” Nemo’s troubles all began when he disobeyed his father. I won’t argue whether Marlin was overprotective or bossy, I’ll just stick with the simple fact that if Nemo had not ventured into open water he would not have been caught by the diver. Lesson: obey your parents.
- In “The Emperor’s New Groove” Kuzko was mean to Pacha. In fact, he was downright beastly—he lied and tricked Pacha on several occasions. But through it all Pacha forgave him and was nice anyway. Lesson: be nice to people and forgive them no matter what they may do to you.
- “The Incredibles” has a lot of loyalty to family, teamwork, believing in yourself, and working hard.
- “The Lion King” teaches about the circle of life (which I like), and also shows that facing problems works a lot better than running away from them.
- “The Dark Crystal” shows a triumph of peacefulness over violence, and also vindicates hard work and tenacity.
- I like most of the Veggietales too, but of course those were intentionally created to teach lessons, so I figure they are sortof obvious. ☺
And just for the record, here are a couple of movies I am really bothered by (because of the lessons in them)…
- Aladdin—Everybody tells lies and it’s ok so long as you’re a nice guy, and incidentally lying can really pay off if you tell the right lies to the right people, and then apologize a little bit when they catch you.
- The Little Mermaid—(besides the immodesty) It’s ok to disobey your parents and do whatever you want because in the end you’ll be right and they’ll be sorry.
Can you think of any children’s movies that you love (or hate) because of the lessons hidden within them?