CSC #12 The CSC Prays for Hollywood (Disney)

The CSC prays for Hollywood
Which of us hasn’t enjoyed a Disney film?

For years Disney was associated with high quality, well-produced family entertainment.

In Neil Gabler’s new biography titled, Walt Disney
We’re told the story of a simple Midwestern boy
Whose passion for drawing, love of storytelling and desire to try new technologies
resulted in the most successful entertainment company in all of history.

Virtually every aspect of American entertainment was touched by Disney’s innovations
He was an intuitive trend spotter¢â‚¬¦

He introduced art into animation requiring his animators to study at art schools.
He created full blown, well developed,
nuanced personalities for each of his animated characters.
He created the first feature length animated motion picture,
Was the first to use Technicolor and in Fantasia made advancements in sound
And introduced classical music to animated film.
He pioneered theme songs like “when you wish upon a star” to accompany his films¢â‚¬¦
And was one of the first to merchandise toys, watches
and every other imaginable product all based on his imaginary characters.
And Disneyland and Disneyworld redefined the genre of theme parks.

His stories tapped into deeply held, time honored Judeo-Christian values¢â‚¬¦
Honesty, doing the right thing,
building personal character in the midst of diversity¢â‚¬¦
believing for miracles while working hard to achieve them¢â‚¬¦

Disney has become an icon for so many American values¢â‚¬¦
And is revered by people of faith for not violating their deeply held beliefs.

Yet a plain reading of Neil Gabler’s new biography reveals
A sad saga of Walt Disney.

Walt Disney was a classic type-A, driven workaholic¢â‚¬¦
He was a perfectionist and control freak
He was become consumed in his projects
A visionary, not a businessman, he was fiscally irresponsible.
for over 30 years the company was on the verge of financial collapse
because he would not curb his spending¢â‚¬¦
He was self centered—
reminding employees that they sold only one thing¢â‚¬¦WALT DISNEY

Disney had few friends¢â‚¬¦
Over time he was either betrayed by his co-workers
or drove them away.

Disney-the family man
was distanced from his parents much of his life.
He was faithful to his wife but was hardly ever home¢â‚¬¦
Lilly Disney described herself as a mouse widow¢â‚¬¦
IN later years on television
the image of the kind gentle Uncle Walt was carefully nurtured¢â‚¬¦
But few people, perhaps only his two daughters
Ever saw that side of Disney.

For most of his life
He sought contentment
But could never find it.

Walt Disney wasn’t a religious man.
After being baptized in a congregational church as an infant¢â‚¬¦
Walt Disney never attended church¢â‚¬¦
never talked about religion¢â‚¬¦
God was conspicuously absent in his life and work¢â‚¬¦.
All his life he feared death as the great unknown¢â‚¬¦
A chain smoker, he died of cancer in 1966.

If Walt Disney was miserable,
A man whose Hollywood product and public image¢â‚¬¦
Personified living a decent, morally acceptable life¢â‚¬¦
Imagine how much worse life must be

For people in Hollywood
Who in addition to rejecting God
Are choosing to live immoral lives¢â‚¬¦.

Next time you get angry at a rancid product coming out of Hollywood¢â‚¬¦
Remember to pray for the people making today’s entertainment¢â‚¬¦
The CSC prays for Hollywood¢â‚¬¦
They definitely need it¢â‚¬¦

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