Here we are at the beginning of the Holiday “season.” All parents know that these breaks bring with them pleas from children for some extra time in front of what my priest refers to as “the magic lantern” and my husband calls “the devil box.” There is truth in each of these labels, but most Moms call it “an hour and a half of peace and quiet to get a few things done.”
Yes, I am speaking of the television. While it can be argued that watching TV is an inferior way to spend time, it does play a role in the lives of most — OK, pretty much all — families. I would argue that not all TV viewing is the same. Movies, because of the absence of commercials, are far superior to anything that you can find channel surfing. Commercial free-PBS is not much better. While it does not show many product commercials, it is often worse than network or cable television due to the obnoxious amount of politically correct messages and indoctrination into the leftist agenda by puppets and cartoon characters. Movies, if they are any good, have the ability to hold a child’s uninterrupted attention and convey a message in tact.
So, what children watch does make a difference. For example, does anyone want their daughters learning teen morality from Hannah Montana or her evil twin Miley Cyrus? Since we will sit our kids in front of the TV at some point, I have compiled a list of the top ten kid’s movies with hidden conservative messages.
10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
It is a strange little movie and a bit of a cheat on my part. I don’t actually recommend this movie for kids even though it was made as a kids movie. I watched it with my children a few years ago and ended up fast forwarding the bizarre “Chu-chi face” song and dance number. The story was written by Ian Fleming, better known for the James Bond series – which explained a lot for me.
There are several political messages, from the value of capitalism to war, tucked inside this story that make it an interesting watch. I was fascinated by the contrast between what appears to be the King and Queen of Vulgaria or “Old Europe,” and the main character who bears all of the marks of an American entrepreneur. Even more notable is the film’s treatment of children. The King and Queen have outlawed children and have a Pied Piper-like child hunter go through town and lure them into capture.
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” makes a strong case for the importance of children and family, for it is the King and Queen’s hatred of children that serves as their undoing. This idea is even more compelling when one considers that the decline of Europe is directly linked to it’s declining birth rate.
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