January 10, 2010
The Princess, the Frog, and the Offended Christians
Evangelicals aren't embracing voodoo message of Disney's animated hit
In a recent article for the Wall Street Journal, pop culture writer Mark I. Pinsky notes that evangelical Christians aren't very happy with Disney's latest animated hit, The Princess and the Frog.
Why? Seems that we boo that voodoo that they do so well. According to the article, "Hollywoodjesus.com said the animated feature's preoccupation with voodoo, black magic, bloody amulets and Ouija boards was 'too dark and extreme for this kind of kids' film.' Christiananswers.net rated the movie 'Offensive'; citing a Tarot card reading, soul transfer and implied reincarnation, the site called the film 'demonic.'"
Still, Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to Disney, concludes his article by saying that the film "embodies the full canon of the Disney Gospel: dreaming, wishing, hard work, love and self-sacrifice, aided by strategic magical intervention. Believers in the Judeo-Christian tradition will also recognize the saving grace of selfless love and good works."
Have you seen The Princess and the Frog? What did you think? Who's right -- Christians who think it's too occult, or those who see its "saving grace"?