‘When Disney Was Disney (Movie Review)’ (2016)

The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) - IMDb

The abominable dreck that comes oozing out of Disney Studios today bears no resemblance to the great family entertainment they used to provide when Walt Disney himself was still alive and running the store.

Like, for instance, this:

When Disney Was Disney (Movie Review)

The Great Locomotive Chase was a thrill a minute, but it was far from simple-minded. Nowadays it’s become fashionable and all PC to view the Civil War in terms of black and white instead of blue and grey. If they were making it today (God forbid), it’d be nothing but shrill screed about evil white people.

Maybe someday we’ll make movies like this again. For now, let’s just hope they don’t g et purged from YouTube in a frenzy of self-righteous bullschiff.

7 comments on “‘When Disney Was Disney (Movie Review)’ (2016)

  1. Disney, at one time, was incredibly good. They made great movies and their offerings were made in such a way that they were accessible to children, but didn’t insult the intelligence of the audience.

    As to the Civil War; it was anything but monolithic. Slavery was wrong, and while some criticize the Bible because it speaks of slaves, that was a system of voluntary indenture. Kidnapping someone into slavery was a capital offense under the law of Moses. Even the voluntary indenture was time limited, to less than seven years, so if someone squandered their resources, had to sell their land, and sell themselves into indenture, they were released on the sabbath year, and had a do-over.

    As to the abominable practices of the Atlantic slave trade, there is no excuse, and it was inhuman. Most of that trade went to the Caribbean and South America. The average person in the Deep South didn’t own slaves, and support for the practice was not universal, in the antebellum South. The Civil war, as an armed conflict, lasted about four years, and took a brutal toll. A lot of young men from the Northern states lost their lives in that fight. In my humble opinion, this is too often forgotten. Even as late as in my father’s childhood, there were still Civil War veterans, many missing limbs, whom congregated in parks and town squares, their lives forever changed by that terrible war.

    What few people realize is that the fight had been going on for many years, before the war actually started. In order to form a Union which could preserve independence from Britain, the colonies had to accept states that practiced slavery, but starting in Massachusetts (in 1800), slavery became illegal in one state after another. Slavery was confined to the south, but new states joining the union proved a sticking point. The southern states wanted new states to allow slavery, because they wanted to preserve as much legislative influence as possible in favor of slavery. But most of the US’ population did not get behind this, and eventually, the South knew that it had lost, from a legal standpoint, and the war began with the South attacking Sumpter, when the a Union army refused to vacate that fort.

    Rehashing the Civil War would be redundant, but I see this war as the most serious episode in a struggle that went back to the first days of US independence and persisted, on some level, for many years after that war. The struggle over the admission of Kansas as a state was particularly bloody, both literally and figuratively, and this served as a demonstration of just how fervent this matter was in the minds of both sides. The point that seems to be too often forgotten, is that the majority of Americans opposed slavery, by the time that the conflict over Kansas came along. The pro-slavery forces were willing to fight and kill, but the anti-slavery forces were willing to stand against the practice of slavery, even to the point of placing themselves in peril.

    The fight didn’t start in 1861, and it didn’t end in 1865. As I see it, this is a struggle between freedom and oppression. Slavery was one manifestation of oppression, but it was the highly visible tip of a much larger iceberg. The problem cuts to the core of fallen mankind.

    Do we accept God’s authority, or do you want the human standards of right and wrong? Human authority opens to door to human oppression, Slavery, is a terrible form of oppression, but even though it is illegal in our day, there are efforts to impose upon the rights of workers, parents, religions, and political persuasions. Unless we view the rights of others as being granted by God, we will find ourselves on the road to oppression.

    1. I don’t buy the argument that the Civil War was only about slavery. It was also VERY MUCH about limiting the growth of the federal government… which has since shown every sign of morphing into an all-devouring colossus. “States’ rights” was not an empty phrase in 1861.

      Slavery’s gone, but the issue of overgrown central government has not been resolved.

    2. I agree. Righting an injustice was a popular cause, and one that aligned with the consciences of many Americans, including many in the south, where slavery was not universally popular. The problem was eventually resolved with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which I can easily support, because the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is from our Creator, but the precedent of imposing Federal mandates upon states has been abused ever since.

      For example, Prohibition is the perfect example of a matter that could have been dealt with at the state level. In my travels, I have done business in places where the liquor laws made little sense to me, but that’s their state, their right. Laws that restrict alcohol sales tend to be of limited effect, because there are any number of workarounds. I recall a visit to Texas, where you could buy alcohol in one store, but mixers, etc. had to be bought in another store, usually next door to the liquor store, and probably owned by the same person. So, people would buy a bottle of Tequila, put it in their car, and walk next door to buy a bottle of Margarita mix. Boy; ducked a bullet there. God only knows what could have happened if both ingredients were sold in the same store. 🙂 But as asinine as some of these local laws may be, I support that the citizens of a state should be able to make laws that make sense in their local culture.

      I’ve live most of my life in the West. I spent some of my early years in the Midwest, and I can tell you that things that make perfect sense in one place, may make no sense at all in the other. The rules required to live in a place where it can be 115 degrees in the summer may prove inadequate in a place where it gets -30 in the winter. The weather can kill you in either environment, but the measures required to survive are completely different.

      It’s that way with many things, and the strength of the US was in our flexibility to adapt. The economic strength of the family farm, the economic might of being able to manufacture equipment to make agriculture more efficient, and most importantly, the imagination to invent and innovate. The best, and most effective regulation is the moral character of a free people. We are hardly perfect in our practice of Christianity, but when Christian values were more prominent, our nation was at its best, and we didn’t have to regulate every aspect of life.

      There is a huge moral lesson in God’s word, when Rehoboam sought to oppress the nation of Israel, and ended up losing most of his kingdom. The nation of Israel was far from perfect in keeping the law of Moses, there’s no doubt about that, but seeking to impose undue burdens upon the citizens only brought trouble. Later on, Jewish religious leaders imposed ever stricter interpretations of the Law upon the Jewish people, until the people were restricted far beyond anything that ever came into the Creator’s heart.

      The human tendencies that caused this to happen in ancient Israel are with us to this day. Man seeks to dominate man, even when it only causes injury to all parties. We never seem to learn.

    3. “Lust” is the right word for it: an insatiable need to exercise power over others. Why else did our Founders include so many limitations on government, so many checks and balances?

      But another trait is also in play: the desire that old wounds should never, ever heal. Because angry people are easier to manipulate. Democrats excel at this.

    4. You are completely right about this. The lust to force one’s will upon others seems to be a very strong compulsion, with many. I’ve seen local level politicians derail projects which could help their communities, for the sole reason that the project wasn’t of their personal origin. They cannot simply rise above themselves, and give consideration to the greater needs of the community they serve.

      As I observe life, and learn from what I observe, I find myself going back to the same thing, over and over again; the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. In order to be effective, authority must be consistent and be free of internal contradiction. If a ruler says one thing, but those farther down the chain of authority undermine the purpose of that statement in any way, the entire chain collapses, due to inconsistency. Truly, it is beyond human capability to create moral law which is completely consistent, we need the Creator. But Christ summed it up with love of God and love of neighbor, which covered the Law and the prophets.

      Until Christ returns, we are stuck with human authority, and once He returns, we will be availed true righteousness and justice. Until then, we are able to see, on a daily basis, how inadequate we are to the task of deciding, for ourselves, just what is good, and what is bad.

  2. He who came to steal, kill and destroy is hard at it. We who oppose him must work harder.

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