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Walt Disney: A Christian Critique: The Symposium

By Douglas Phillips (Author), Geoff Botkin (Author) & Isaac Botkin (Author)
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In the twentieth century, no man did more to shape the values of family culture for good or evil than Walt Disney. As a motivator, innovator, and filmmaker, his efforts impacted millions across the globe through his movies, theme parks, and television shows. Disney's work helped to define the literary and cultural sensibilities of a generation of American children and introduced enduring and iconic expressions of childhood that remain with us to this day. Yet, despite his far reaching influence, Christians have not thoroughly evaluated the worldview and accomplishments of Walt Disney from a biblical perspective. In these three powerful messages presented by Doug Phillips, Geoff Botkin, and Isaac Botkin, the listener is treated to a never-before-heard professional insight, filling that void by providing a theological critique of Disney's legacy, offering independent filmmakers and families important lessons to be learned from Walt's victories and failures. Right up until Walt Disney's death, the nineteenth century culture of small town America was very dear to his heart, and this ideal served as his touchstone during the cultural turmoil and decline of the twentieth century. In the small community of Marceline, Missouri, Walt was shaped by sensibilities of grateful immigrants, industrious farmers, and conscientious schoolmasters. Veteran filmmaker Geoff Botkin explores Disney's nineteenth century values-what he terms as "Walt's ethical default position"-and makes this observation that only by understanding Disney's core commitments will modern filmmakers be able to rightly understand his cultural achievements and legacy. Isaac Botkin brilliantly explains that the Christian film pioneers of the twenty first century must learn from the Disney legacy's of entrepreneurial success in a highly competivive industry. Find out what Disney wanted his staff to be and how he led them through habits of command that set technical and story standards that have yet to be surpassed. Titles include: Symposium on Disney, Film and American Culture: A Theological Critique, by Doug Phillips The Life and Times of Walt Disney: Understanding Walt's 1899 Ethical Default Position, by Geoff Botkin The Rise and Fall of the Disney Studio: The Objective Pursuit of Quality in the Development of Art and Story, by Isaac Botkin

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Studio: Vision Forum
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.62" Width: 5.19" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Vision Forum
ISBN  1933431466  
ISBN13  9781933431468  

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More About Douglas Phillips, Geoff Botkin & Isaac Botkin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Doug Phillips is the president of The Vision Forum, Inc., a San Antonio based work dedicated to promoting the restoration of the Christian home. Doug also serves as adjunct professor of apologetics for the Institute for Creation Research. He is a published author and a constitutional attorney who served for six years with the Home School Legal Defense Association. His most important role is as husband to Beall and father to six children.

Douglas W. Phillips currently resides in San Antonio. Douglas W. Phillips was born in 1965.

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Rare and balanced critique of Walt Disney's work and legacy  Jul 30, 2008
This is a three part CD recording of the life and legacy of Walt Disney and analysis of his contribution to society, particularly his moral views from a Christian perspective. The speakers do an excellent and balanced job in their presentations.

Covering Walt's strengths such as his big vision and ambition to influence the world, his principles of curiosity, confidence, courage, and consistency are all well done. Walt valued traditional family, another solid strength. However, since many have grown up with Disney's creations and the emotional love and attachment with his name is strong, rarely do they hear (or want to hear) some critique to his work.

The speakers do a great job in this respect as well, covering some of the main weaknesses in Disney's work, such as (1) his failure to convey his moral worldview to his successors, (2) his skillful but sad merge of mythic paganism with Christian 19th century moralism, and (3) his cutification of witchcraft and evil. The last one is particularly concerning, such that when we have witchcraft and evil made into very cute, puffy, and wonderful, this desensitizes us to some things that God considers evil and wrong.

An excellent challenge to all who love or have grown up with many of Disney's productions. A call to test everything and hold on to what is good.

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