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Disney characters – what’s their background story? by orchardblog
April 29, 2008, 9:25 pm
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I had the privilege of attending a great children’s ministry conference last week. One of the speakers was Glen Keane – an artist and writer for Disney. He created some of Disney’s great characters – Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Pocahantas, Tarzan, and The Beast (From Beauty and the Beast). (Side note – Glen’s dad is Bill Keane – the creator and writer of “THE FAMILY CIRCUS” cartoon.)

What I did not realize and what Glen shared was that he wrote about these characters as he was journeying through his faith.

For example, as he began observing Christ followers (before he decided to become a Christ follower), he wrote about Ariel. Ariel was a character who wanted to enter into a world she was not yet a part of. She observed people in this other world and wanted to be like them – to become one of them. Soon after Glen wrote this story, he became a Christ follower!

The Beast represented Glen as he began his journey. He felt that he had all these feelings and emotions inside he did not know how to adequately and/or appropriately express. He talked about about The Beast’s “transformation” at the end of the movie is a reflection of how we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Interesting stuff…I thought you’d want to know!

Posted by Kathryn


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That’s interesting, thanks for sharing.

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