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5 Disney movies you never knew had hidden religious messages

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By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/27/2015 (4 years ago)
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Imbedded in some of our favorite Disney movies are messages of hope, Christianity and God.

Disney movies are a well-known and well-loved part of most people's childhood. These stories talk and teach us things, like believing in ourselves and follow our dreams. Recently, the stories inspire courage and kindness, as well as forms of "true love." But viewers may have missed something; these popular Disney stories have religious messages.

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - With help from crosswalk.com, we present to you five Disney movies with hidden religious messages.

1. Snow White is a Christian princess.

Snow White praying


Released in 1937, the first animated story Disney made is actually about a Christian princess. It may not be explicit but Snow White was shown briefly, praying with her head bowed down and hands clasped, asking for God's blessing to the seven dwarfs that had shown kindness to her.

2. Simba is The Prodigal Son.

Lion King


The youngest son in the parable is just like Simba, King Mufasa's son who just enjoys the life of a prince. But once he realizes the part he played in his father's death, he runs away and lives with animals eating grubs. Discarding the "Hakuna Matata" lifestyle, he goes back home to face the responsibilities waiting for him.

3. Rapunzel, in Tangled, symbolizes our humanity.

Rapunzel sees the light even if trapped.

Like many of the characters in the Bible, the trapped princess was able to live through the darkness in her life and find the light that sets her free.


Like many of the characters in the Bible, the trapped princess was able to live through the darkness in her life and find the light that sets her free. Every year following her kidnapping by the witch, who represents the devil, her parents lit up the sky through lanterns helping her find her way back home. And like God, they never got tired of doing it.

4.  God's grace in Cinderella.

Cinderella


We might think of this heroin as not exactly the type to look up to: most the time she just lets everyone tell her what to do. She may not have deserved the happy ending she got, because she relied solely on her fairy godmother. However, the point of God's grace is it's undeserved, as depicted in the Bible stories.

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5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame involves God the most.

Hunchback of Notre Dame


This could be a bit of an exaggeration, as described in crosswalk.com. But remember, the beginning of the story tells of the villain wanting to kill a baby but stopped by the Church, one way the Holy Spirit works. The heroine later sings to God, how prayer should really be. Believing he's better than others, the villain constantly clashes with his faith.

Whether it is intentional or not, aren't we glad Disney incorporates God and Christianity in its stories? These scenes are rarely seen in movies, so you might want to do a re-watch. You'll never see your favorite movies the same again.

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