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A WALTONS THANKSGIVING’s Bellamy Young Says Movie Teaches ‘Love and Kindness’

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A WALTONS THANKSGIVING’s Bellamy Young Says Movie Teaches ‘Love and Kindness’

By Movieguide® Contributor 

A WALTONS THANKSGIVING actress Bellamy Young opened up about how being part of the movie allowed her to bring “love and kindness” into the world.

“There’s something just so wholesome about the Walton’s, and family and love and kindness,” one of the hosts began.

“I grew up with this material,” Young added. “It was my grandma’s favorite show, and we’d sit, and we’d watch it together.  And so, to step into the role of Ma Walton, I mean those are big shoes to fill.”

A WALTON THANKSGIVING marks Young’s second return as a member of the iconic family. She made her debut as Olivia Walton on THE WALTONS: HOMECOMING in 2021.

She continued, “To put a little love and kindness into the world, to spend time working at that all day, and then to get to share it with the world, it was the best. And to come together and do it again was icing on the cake.” 

When asked why the original THE WALTONS TV show impacted the culture, Young explained, “I think it was just the first multi-generational television show, and it just really showed what you felt like at home… it was really people just loving each other and doing the best they could.” 

Logan Shroyer, who plays John Boy in the movies, told Movieguide® that its focus on family and faith drew him to the story. 

“I would say one of the biggest things for me is that there’s a strong faith component,” he said. “[It] includes God, puts God forward, has moral lessons and isn’t isn’t trying to be preachy but it incorporates God into the world of the characters and I find that to be a really big blessing because it’s kind of rare nowadays.”

A WALTONS THANKSGIVING earned a +2 content score and was nominated for a Movieguide® Award.

Part of Movieguide®’s review reads:

A WALTONS THANKGIVING takes place in 1934 during the worst year of the Great Depression. John Walton Sr. has decided to take up farming instead of working far away from his family. The harvest was poor but sufficient. John Boy, the oldest Walton child, thinks about his writing and often fails to take responsibility for his many family obligations. The family goes to the annual Harvest Festival Fair. Three of the Walton children enter the talent contest while the Olivia Walton judges a pie contest. John Boy is asked to watch after young Elizabeth. However, distracted with two girls he’s interested in, Elizabeth runs off, chasing a rabbit, and gets lost in the woods. Everyone desperately tries to find her. 

A WALTONS THANKSGIVING is another wonderful program. A very kind, gentle and homey manner permeates the entire movie. There’s always sufficient jeopardy that propels the story and keeps it exciting. This time, Olivia Walton has the strongest role. Best of all, faith and family underlie every scene, with prayer and family love taking the lead. A WALTONS THANKSGIVING is a delightful Thanksgiving treat.

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.


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