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Disney has impactful meanings behind their animated films

Animated movies in Disney have such impactful and amazing meanings behind each one of them
Skylar Whalen
Cars and Beauty and the Beast showcase impressive symbolism.

Disney directors have made astounding movies such as 101 Dalmatians, Lilo & Stitch, and Aladdin, along with many others. The animated film’s usual target audience is children, but the significance of them apply to other age groups as well.

As a person ages, they are then able to understand the deeper meanings behind the films. Disney has incorporated the following deeper meanings in their films: never giving up, staying true to yourself, embracing yourself, and your culture. The given list only scratches the surface of what the animated films contained.

Cars, a Pixar film released in 2006, is about a skilled but arrogant race car named Lightning McQueen. After a few accidents occur, he finds himself in a little old-timey town named Radiator Springs, where he’s forced to repair their main road after destroying it. Lightning attempted many times to escape in order to attend a race that could potentially change his life, which was held a week from when he arrived in town, but he stayed to fix his mistake after countless failed attempts to leave. He didn’t enjoy his stay and rushed the process of fixing the road in hopes to make the race, but McQueen’s rush caused the finished road to be riddled with bumps and potholes. 

Due to the rushed road, Doc Hudson, the mayor of Radiator Springs, challenged McQueen to a race. The terms were if he won, he could go, he had to do a better job at paving the road if he lost.

Lightning sped past Doc at the start of the race, but subsequently lost control because of the dirt road which caused him to lose the bet. Afterwards, he took a drive with Doc and learned that he was once a racer. Doc taught McQueen that going fast isn’t everything that matters while also teaching him tricks to help beat the track. Spoiler: this trick is used later on in the movie to get ahead of other racers.

In his free time, he trained and would practice on the road to see if he could complete it and tried the trick taught to him. After a while of being at Radiator Springs, Lightning begins to find that he enjoyed living in a little community, making true friends, and finding that there are more things in life than winning and going fast. The moral and meaning behind this movie is being a good sport, working well with others, taking responsibility for your actions, and how to be a quality friend are all good skills to have.

Another movie with deeper meanings is Beauty and the Beast. Focusing about a young prince cast under a spell that makes him into a beast compiled of several animals like a lion, bear, and a buffalo. To top it off, the spell could only be broken with true love. The prince kidnaps the father of a girl from a nearby village and throws her through various challenges and hardships. They’re cold to one another at first, but through the story they eventually grow soft for one another. Instead of cruelty, Belle finds beauty  within the beast.

Despite the prince’s appearance, Belle later began to fall in love with the prince. With the spell disenchanted, they marry and lived happily ever after. Behind this story the meaning was not judging someone on the basis of their appearance. Once Belle had the chance to truly know the beast, she found out that he was a very kind person and how love was everywhere.


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Raul Mares, Writer
Raul Mares is a sophomore. It's his second year on The Mav. He's looking forward to writing a lot of great and interesting pieces for others to read and enjoy.
Skylar Whalen, Editor-in-Chief

Skylar Whalen is a senior. She is this year's editor-in-chief. Skylar enjoys painting, singing, and playing softball. She is a huge animal lover and works with dogs outside of school. Skylar plays competitive softball and hopes to play in college. She is excited to help other writers succeed and grow. Skylar can’t wait to work with new people and produce engaging stories for the community around her. She also enjoys having the excuse to write about herself in third person and make her seem interesting.

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