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Top 10 Fantasy Movies

FINDING NEMO

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
FINDING NEMO is a wonderful animated adventure about a small clownfish who goes in search of his son, who's been put into a fish tank by human beings. Every second of FINDING NEMO is beautifully animated, spectacularly directed and written with great heart and strong moral values.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, part one of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, opens in a small village in the Shire in Middle Earth, where a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient evil ring and must embark on an Epic quest to the Crack of Doom to destroy it. With dazzling effects and a great moral story, Part One of THE LORD OF THE RINGS is a must for fantasy fans, with a caution to parents of older children for strong sword-type violence and a brief occult element not in the book.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, based on C. S. Lewis’s popular Christian fable, tells the story of four English children, who enter the land of Narnia, where they meet Aslan, the son of the Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea, who rescues the land from the evil White Witch. Despite some minor changes from the book, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE retains most of its Christian focus and is tremendously exciting, thrilling and redemptive.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
Despite some confusion over witches, this classic Hollywood take on L. Frank Baum’s beloved book features a tremendous performance by Judy Garland as Dorothy, who desperately wants to get back to her Christian guardian, Aunt Em, in Kansas.

THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON

Quality:
**
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON is a documentary about Christian folk songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston, who has had a long bout with manic depression since a teenager. Although Daniel rebelled against his mother’s Christian faith as a young man, this documentary only superficially explores the issue of David’s current Christian faith. It also contains some strong foul language, brief nudity and drug references, so extreme caution is advised.

TOY STORY

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
The first totally computer animated movie is TOY STORY. It answers the question "What happens to my toys when I leave the room?" in a wonderful, moral, fantastic way. In the movie, Woody is a cowboy doll, voiced by Tom Hanks, who envies the new favorite toy in town, Buzz Lightyear, space ranger, voiced by Tim Allen. When their fighting gets Woody and Buzz left behind at a gas station, they have to start working together to get home. TOY STORY is funny, clean, wholesome, and virtuous -- a classic beginning to a new genre and a masterpiece which is sure to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
Woody Allen’s 1985 fantasy, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, shows that God can speak through unbelievers.

THE LION KING

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
A magnificent example of Disney animation, THE LION KING is an heroic tale of good versus evil which embodies many Christian allegorical elements. The sinister usurper Scar plots to kill his brother and nephew so he can become King himself. While there are several minor areas which call for discernment in THE LION KING, the good far outweighs the bad, and the film conveys a clear message of hope, reconciliation and appreciation for the majesty of creation.

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