This article is based on three cartoons, Moana, Frozen 2 and Onward. In these three cartoons you will find a recurrent theme of believing in yourself, trying new things and moving forward. I for one find it exhilarating that filmmakers are trying to form positive affirmations in the minds of the young.
Moana was an island girl who her whole life was told that she can never wander past a certain distance. She must act exactly like her predecessors and carry out the norm. but she knows there’s more to life than always playing it safe and restricting herself. So when she gets her call, she takes it. Even though she has to leave a lot of people behind in order to pursue her call. There are times she wants to give up but she keeps pushing forward and that tells us that no matter the situation we find ourselves at, we must always keep moving forward.
Elsa has always been different. She’s had to hide her true self from everyone before. she was taught to “conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them in”. but she also learnt to let it go. In frozen 2 Elsa learns a very valuable lesson I think we can all learn from. She learns that she is the one she has been waiting for all her life. She leaves her people, her sister and goes on an adventure looking for answers, I don’t even think she knew the questions to ask. But in the end she found herself. You are all you need. Don’t feel the need to rely on someone else to feel whole. Only you can do that for yourself.
Onward, It’s kind of like what’s happening today. It starts with when things are simpler and then technology takes over. Ian loses his dad to an illness before he is even born and on his 16th birthday he gets a gift from his father. A gift that would grant him a day with his father. He makes a list and goes on this crazy adventure with his elder brother. He realizes that the reasonable choices might not be the right ones. In his adventure he also helps other people remember who they used to be. He later realizes that his elder has been the father he wanted. In the end he is still not able to meet his father, only have a glance at him from a distance. But he is ok with that. You might lose a parent you’ve known or one you haven’t known but that doesn’t stop you from finding a parent in another person. We need to learn to move on and not let the pain rule us.
Lastly, I think it’s time we stop saying cartoons are worthless and childish because some of them are actually teaching life lessons you won’t get anywhere else. They are teaching the young morals we the adults need to hear.
This article was written by Nnagboro Chineye Vivian; connect with her on Instagram via here