God and other religious themes are excluded from Disney movies, according to the Academy Award-winning husband and wife duo who wrote the songs for the popular animated Disney film “Frozen.”
In a recent interview Terry Gross did with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez on NPR’s “Fresh Air” the couple said said that Disney does not welcome God and religious themes into its movies.
The following is an excerpt from a transcript of the exchange:
Anderson-Lopez: It’s funny. One of the only places you have to draw the line at Disney is with religious things, the word God.
Lopez: Yeah. You just can’t…
Gross: You can’t say the word God?
Lopez: There was even a – well, you can say it in Disney but you can’t put it in the movie.
Anderson-Lopez: You can’t put it in the movies.
Patheos blogger Deacon Greg Kandra notes that Disney’s unwritten rule excluding God and religious themes from movies “marks a sea-change from a couple decades ago, when one of the most poignant songs from ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ included the ballad ‘God Help the Outcasts’.”
While Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist blog notes that the unwritten rule excluding God and religious themes from Disney films allows “the universal themes of those movies” to “come through loud and clear without religion.”
Mehta writes: “We love the movies because we empathize with the characters and root for good to win out over evil. Sticking religion where it doesn’t belong would only serve to alienate a segment of the population.”
Mehta is right. It makes good business sense to exclude controversial and divisive topics like God and religion from Disney movies. Case in point: currently “Frozen” has taken in over $1,000,000,000 worldwide at the box office.