So a few months ago the inimitable Dan Phillips made a tweet that went something like this: Back in the seventies a new tv series would come out and our only though was “I wonder if it is going to be any good?”. Now it is ” I wonder which character is going to be LGBTQ+? “.
Recently this was brought into focus with the latest Disney-Pixar animated movie called Onward. In it there is a female character who talks about her ‘girlfriend ‘ and the kids they have together. And this is causing some consternation among Christians who are mad because of what they perceive as Disney’s betrayal of family films.
Well here’s a news flash while you have been watching Disney DreamWorks has already snuck in their LGBTQ+ character into a children’s cartoon. What am I talking about? Meet Kipo and the Age of the Wonder Beasts.
Now in this series you meet Kipo a young girl in her teens who lives underground with her father and the rest of the human survivors away from the mutant beasts that live above ground. Well one day Kipo’s little group gets attacked and Kipo is left above ground. Well just like every other journey story Kipo gathers a little group around her including a young boy named Mandu. And in one scene where Kipo reveals that she may have feelings for Mandu he tells her that he is gay. And if course when they do arrive where Kipo’s group has fled Mandu sees the prettiest boy in the group and falls in lust.
Now maybe it is just me. Maybe DreamWorks Animation isn’t associated with family cartoons, which makes no sense to me considering that they have made Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and more. Or maybe it is the Disney brand. I know that we boomers grew up with Wonderful World of Disney, the Mickey Mouse Club, (the original) and other things from our childhood. But here is a clue Walt’s been dead for a number of years now and Disney has been kowtowing to the LGBTQ+ crowd for some time now. Quit expecting something different.
Right now it is tough finding “family friendly” films. Family is being redefined along with gender and anything else that the culture warriors can get a hold of, and Disney went to the other side long ago. You want something that the entire family can watch don’t look at current movies start investing into the classics. There is a reason they called it the golden age.
That is it for tonight returning you to your regular scheduled Monday night.