While the Walt Disney Company is under fire from evangelical Christians because their movie “The Princess and the Frog” contained things like voodoo and Ouija boards, we’re learning more about the namesake’s personal beliefs.
This excerpt from an article in The Wall Street Journal is especially interesting:
Walt Disney always called himself a Christian, but his biographers agree that he was skeptical about organized religion and rarely set foot inside a church. He insisted that any narrow portrayal of Protestant Christianity (or any religion, for that matter) in his animated features was box-office poison, especially in lucrative, overseas markets. More broadly, Walt’s fear was that explicit religiosity might needlessly exclude young viewers, while a watered-down version might at the same time offend the devout. Yet the studio’s founding genius also understood that, from the ancient Greeks to the Brothers Grimm, successful storytellers have needed supernatural intervention agents to resolve plots. So, Walt decided, Disney’s cartoon protagonists would appeal not to Judeo-Christian religion but to magic, which was more palatable around the ticket-buying world. (It’s no coincidence that Disney’s marquee theme park is called The Magic Kingdom.)
(Thanks to Trace for the link!)