Why We Might Not Take Our Children to See Disney’s Maleficent

We were planning on taking our children to see Disney’s Maleficent.  We really were.  We are fans of most fairy tales in our home, including Sleeping Beauty.  My kiddos adore this 1959 film.

Truth be told, I was a bit hesitant at first about viewing this remake about Sleeping Beauty’s villain.  But then I discovered that the film was rated PG.  There was no foul language involved.  The Plugged In review looked promising, and many parents have given it rave reviews.  Maleficent was even portrayed as kind in the beginning of the film, and in the end there is redemption.  I began looking for a movie theater close to where we were staying on vacation.

Then as fate (or God) would have it, a Good Fight Ministries review showed up on my Facebook newsfeed.  In their article, they shared the following verse:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20

What have my children grown up knowing Maleficent as?  evil

How does this new movie portray Maleficent? as (kind of) good

What does the very word Maleficent mean? One who is evil and would like to harm others.  The opposite of benevolent.

What is Maleficent’s bird named?  Diablo (Spanish for devil) in the 1959 version, and Diaval in the new film.

While I do not agree with everything written in the Good Fight Ministries article, a few points definitely made me think.  Yes, it is just a movie.  I totally understand that it is fantasy, and that my children would see it as such as well.


I also know that the eye is the lamp of the body.  (Matthew 6:22)  We need to be mindful of what our eyes see.

We need to think on what is true, excellent, right and pure. (Philippians 4:8)

We should not call things known previously as downright evil, good. (Isaiah 5:20)

I normally do not have a problem with a movie (with clean words and no immorality) with a definite good guy and bad guy…when good wins!  But this…I’m not so sure.

So, what’s a mom to do?  Should we apply scriptural teachings to our entertainment choices, or are they somehow excluded? Please share your thoughts below!

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33 thoughts on “Why We Might Not Take Our Children to See Disney’s Maleficent

  1. Patricia says:

    After reading your thoughts I immediately thought of Phil. 4:8. As christians it would seem that if we seek to have the mind of Christ that we must have different entertainment . In our family it has been years since we have had any tv channels. We watch dvds, but resently God has been convicting me, it may not be the lack of evil viewed that counts but that we are also accountable how we use the time he has given us.

  2. Lisa Koster says:

    The closer I get to God, the fewer movies I see. Even the Disney movies glorify magic and spells. After spending time in parts of the world where the demonic roots of these things are clearly visible, I’m taking a pass.

    • joanneviola says:

      I agree, Lisa. After seeing some of the programming on Disney aimed at pre-teens & teens, I have begun to wonder if in many ways, Disney has led us down a wrong path. I am not sure all is as it may seem. May we use wisdom in what deciding what our children watch & see & learn.

      • Amber says:

        I agree with this too but a spin that most people may be surprised on is that Walt Disney knew what he was doing. Look at his name on all the movies it has the mark of the beast in it. He was a free-mason and put those satanic symbols in even the earliest movies. He had a secret “club house” and there are underground tunnels in Disney land.

      • Melanie says:

        Yes -not only was Disney a free mason but an illuminati as well. If you look at her horns she resembles Baphomet- an occult idol – half goat half human.

    • Amber says:

      I agree 100%! I repented of watching Disney movies and Yahweh should me how perverted and devilish the industry really is. I avoid them and also realized that there isn’t such a thing as innocent magic, just because it is put in kids movies and animation. It is still the work of the devil and that is what they want us to accept.

    • Laura Connell (@laurakimconnell) says:

      Yes! I watched Mulan with my kids and in our prayers that night I apologized to God for watching a movie with characters that worshipped their “ancestors” – isn’t that what the Romans were doing when Jesus died? It made my skin crawl.

  3. Simple Life Mom says:

    Everyone has a world view, including movie writers, artists, and producers. Those views are going to come out in their movies because they think their world view would make the movie (and life for everyone) better. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but there’s a little bit of junk in everything. I mean, just think about Frozen! If anything, it’s the slow numbing down to things we should be fired up about that is killing us.

  4. Helene says:

    I appreciate your thoughts – to be honest, the cartoon maleficent creeped me out enough as a child without a ‘real life’ version to add an underscore to it! However, about a movie where ‘there is a definite good guy and a bad guy, and the good guy wins’ …satisfying, but while one knows art is not meant to imitate life (convincingly) children might not always know that and ‘the good guy wins’ might well be setting them up for confusion later in life where if the good guy does in fact eventually win, the difference between winning and losing might be extremely subtle! Probably better to separate morals and movies altogether and just let them see them as fantasy or art.

  5. JES says:

    I would not even consider it (trying to say this nicely but very hard to)… She looks like a feminine devil 🙁 It is sorcery (and glorified) which is strictly forbidden by God. We don’t want to fascinate and allure our children with it. The miracles in the New Testament are what should put them in awe. What does light have in common with darkness? To be honest, I am leery of everything Disney these days and we have only watched a few old ones in our home that I would even praise. However, this is coming from a conservative angle. We haven’t gone to the movie theater for the last 12 years because it is completely unfiltered. We watch DVD’s at home first for content and then discern what is appropriate to keep in our family library for family viewing. Thanks for linking this up to the Art of Home-Making Mondays!!! I hope some mothers will take these words into consideration…

  6. Nadia says:

    I agree with what’s been said. My family will not be seeing this movie. I see it as another cultural blending of good and evil, and I try to spare my children from these things. Similarly, I’ve noticed a creepy trend in children’s toys and clothes that seems to be a bizarre mixing of “cute” and “dead” — the whole Monster High kind of product, and t-shirts with grinning skulls wearing pink bows, things like that. I do not like these things and do not purchase them for my children. Some things truly are black and white with no grey area, and good and evil are the ultimate example.

  7. happy momma says:

    I am not going to see it. My children are pretty young. I agree with Lisa Koster and her comment above. The closer I get to God the less movies and TV I watch. After watching the movie trailer on TV I couldn’t believe that this movie was rated PG. It seemed way to “dark” for a family type movie. I have to admit I for a moment thought I was going to hear rated R (I though the trailer was that evil) So I was really really shocked that I was hearing PG. It just shook me to the core.

    I have heard several reviews from good Christians who said it was not worth their money. It really blurs the lines between good and evil. One person said it well on facebook. This movie is not about making good attractive, but making evil ever more attractive. As I move towards becoming Good and letting virtue garnish my thoughts I have discovered that most modern entertainment is bad for my soul. As a society we are becoming way too accepting of things. We are becoming so numb as a society. I can’t even tell you how numb some of my best friends are to these things.

    I read a great article about how to keep the evil things out of our kids lives, it was specifically talking about pornography, the thing I remembered from this article was to call out sin and evil when we see it. I spent just a few minutes watching TV with my kids and calling out all the evil/sinful things we viewed. It was shocking. Every few seconds we were noticing sins/evil. We only watched a few minutes then turned off the TV. It really changed my mind about TV and what we put into our homes everyday. I just wish more people would become awake and aware of what is going on around them.

  8. Olivia G. says:

    I agree with everyone….Disney movies are all about sorcery, magic, evil spirits, etc. It’s not surprising by any means…most all tv/movies are of the world system and we all know who rules the world system…Satan. I just hope that more Christian parents would see the truth and ban this garbage from their homes. We got rid of our tv 2 1/2 years ago…and I’m so glad we did. We haven’t missed it one bit! We need to guard our hearts and be careful what we allow our children to watch. Garbage in…Garbage out!!!

  9. jb says:

    Agree with all the comments here. I also was creeped out when I read that when Prince Charming kissed Sleeping Beauty the spell was not broken. It is only when Maleficent kisses her that the spell is broken. Not sure, but maybe a touch of a “same sex” message here?

    Ladies I no longer have small children….but I applaud your discernment. I think that many are mistaking “entertainment” with an agenda. Even the “clean” stuff I think gives us a mindset of wanting to be entertained, and then we accept what is not acceptable just because it’s all there is at the moment….until then next “clean” film is available?

    • lbkirsop says:

      I PROMISE you that “same sex attraction” is not the case. It’s a crystal clear mother & daughter relationship. And if the makers were at all uncertain in fan reaction, they re-introduce Phillip (with the pseudo-mother’s approval) at the end of the film for Aurora to (what we can assume) to eventually fall in love with. 🙂

      *sorry for the spoiler, but I felt this needed to be addressed before rumors started flying.

      Also the loving and gentle mother’s kiss–was on the forehead. 🙂

      • Angela says:

        Going to second this promise. It’s a mother-daughter relationship, not same-sex attraction. Actually *spoiler here too* Phillip mentions that how can it be true love when they’ve only just met. It’s a mother’s true love, shown in the form of a kiss on the forehead, that breaks the spell 🙂

  10. This Woman Writes says:

    We are bored with many movies, Disney in particular. Aside from the prosletyzing tone that demeans any sense of respect for family, womanhood, or a belief in God, we find the songs too long, the dialogue predictable, and the plot so thin that undergarments show through. “Oh, gee — true love’s kiss doesn’t come from a MAN for golly’s sakes. It comes from the empowerment from another woman.”

    Don’t need it. I’ll go read a book — something, from say, the mid 1800s like Bronte’s Jane Eyre or Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, that was written with thought and wit.

  11. lbkirsop says:

    I wouldn’t take children to this film either, it’s too dark. But, having seen the film, I can assure you that it’s not quite what you might think. The Plugged In Review is right on. Additionally, there are some beautiful messages about repentance, unconditional love and forgiveness–love and forgiveness that can heal even the most wicked heart.

    Actually, there is a distinct good and evil in this film. Just because good and evil are not embodied in an obvious protagonist and antagonist doesn’t mean they are not easily discernible. The movie clearly portrays the forces of good and evil–and it’s not subtle or confusing. In fact, it mirrors the very battles we face in our own lives and own temptations.

    All in all, the beautiful message of redemption is beautiful.

    I would encourage you to go see this film (without the kids). 😉

    • Angela says:

      I completely agree with Lbkirsop. It’s not a movie for children, but there’s a lot of depth in the characters that adults can understand, relate, and enjoy. The animated version is clear cut on the good and evil. This movie is not. There’s growth. How can man succumb to evil? How can a woman be redeemed? How is love broken, how is it restored? How do you ask forgiveness, how do you forgive yourself? There are so many nuances that nope, it’s not for kids. But I think you might enjoy it 🙂 Stopping by from Monday’s Musings.

  12. ChicMummy says:

    I have to respectfully disagree with many of you. I took my children to see this, and it has been the starting point for many discussions between us about good and evil, evil hiding behind “pretty faces”, fantasy vs reality, just to name a few. Yes, it is dark, but I think our children need to be prepared for that, for unfortunately our world does contain so much darkness that we must continue to stand against. All in all, I found it a wonderfully thought provoking movie for me and my children.

  13. F Dean Hackett says:

    These are good thoughts. Romans 16:19: “Be excellent at what is good and innocent of evil”. Our society is too preoccupied with evil, villains, and sorcery.

  14. Crystelle Boutique says:

    These are good points and definitely worth considering. I was wondering if this was really a good kids’ show. The previews did not seem kid-appropriate at all!! Thanks for your words…. 🙂
    x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  15. godlyrose says:

    What an excellently written article! We are not planning to watch it either. Found you from Wow Me Wednesday 🙂

  16. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    I don’t watch too much TV, mostly because I have gotten tired of their agenda of cramming sin down our throats. The more you watch (or do) things, the easier it gets and the less wrong it seems. I don’t know anything about the movie so I can’t say, but looking at the photos, she seems kinda scary looking! But, that’s probably the point! Loved your article, though. You make a lot of valid points.

  17. Ai @ Less to More says:

    Thanks for your insight on this! I was wondering about this movie. I think your post brings up something that all parents need to do before allowing their kids to watch something: research. There are far too many things in this world already reaching our kids without a parent’s knowledge. We shouldn’t be passive about it.

  18. SaraRenée says:

    I JUST WROTE a rough draft on my policies for watching TV with my family. I have “very strict” regulations for my family. I will not watch something I don’t want my kids to watch. However, when it comes to kid movies, I do believe it’s our job as parents to watch these movies before our kids do.
    I saw Maleficent with my husband and I thought it was a beautiful story.
    •Maleficent was a good fairy but was betrayed by the king (to-be at the time) and as a way of revenge cursed his daughter. Even while she held a grudge against the king, he grew to love his daughter more than her want of revenge. The king, however, manifested his life on vengeance for her cursing his daughter. In the end, Maleficent wanted peace and for their battle to be over.

    The points I read in your post are very true. But we are ALL evil without God’s grace. We are only redeemed through His love. In the end, she learned that love and forgiveness is more important than any grudge. That is MY take on the movie. But I would suggest you go see it yourself before you let your kids watch it!

  19. Wynter says:

    What a great perspective and insight. So much truth and something we just often let go of, but such a slippery slope that we need to be constantly re-evaluating the things that we allow in our families’ lives! Thank you for linking up with M2M this week!

  20. Hilly says:

    I’m Christian, and I have chosen not to see several movies because they go against God. But Maleficent was great, and I actually hate the original Sleeping Beauty to be honest. Sorry! 🙂 Anyway though, Disney doesn’t “glorify” magic. Movies have magic because sometimes people want to escape reality and just watch a cheesy fairydusty princess movie. Maleficent isn’t like that, but it really doesn’t focus on magic. It’s rather hard to explain quickly, but read a couple reviews and that will clear it up. Another thing: Magic isn’t real. (Obviously) So if you explain to your kids that, the it won’t matter if they see a movie with magic in it. Just my opinion. Have a nice day! 🙂

  21. Rachel says:

    We haven’t watched many movies with our kids either. I mean if it makes you even wonder a TINY bit, don’t do it! You know your heart and how you feel inside.

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