(Photo by Selma Komisky)
A Note from the Editor: September, 2018
The Disney Issue
By Sarah Komisky
All of us have had the experience of watching a Disney movie. It’s enchanting and wondrous escapade where, for a few minutes, we get to enter another world––whether it’s Neverland, Wonderland, Agrabah, or the Hundred Acre Wood. We get to see the beautiful Gothic cathedral views of Norte-Dame with Quasimodo in France, ride on horseback the green highlands of medieval Scotland with Merida, journey the village streets of Italy with Geppetto and Pinocchio, and even ride the exhilarating East Australian Current with Crush! We also meet new friends. Some human. Some not. Either way, they not only have their own personalities but their own lessons they need to learn.
While most are based on the fictitious fairy tales we know and love, they aren’t too much of a stretch from real-life counterparts. For example, Flynn Rider seems confident but is actually afraid to be his real self. The Beast discovers change and receives love when he is willing to surrender. Cinderella exemplifies kindness to those who can’t stand her. The little girl named Riley in Inside Out learns change is hard and expressing real emotions are OK.
But we also learn from those who didn’t quite get the lessons right. Snow White’s evil stepmother let jealousy consume her. Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts let control overtake her and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast allowed insecurity and ego to get the best of him.
So, whether protagonist or antagonist, we at Marked Ministry believe there are many life lessons to be discovered and learned in these beloved films from characters who resemble people like you and me. This is why we wanted to put a spotlight on some old and new favorites this month (and also have a little fun in the process!) Besides, who doesn’t like Disney?
We’ve also believed Disney adventures aren’t to be embarked on alone, so we’ve invited some friends for the fun! One is our regular guest writer, Ben Courson who is also talking about his new book release (and some Disney favs you may not yet know!) Joining Ben are authors and speakers Candace Payne (AKA Chewbacca Mom) and Sheila Walsh, (who also have book releases on the way) as well as musician Seth Ready (Seth & Nirva). Not to mention, Peter Pan (AKA my awesome buddy named Michael) who joined forces with me for this super special Disney issue.