AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

A pentadic criticism of three Disney/Pixar films| Spirituality and environmentalism in 'Monsters, Inc.', 'Finding Nemo', and 'WALL-E'

by Benjamin D Heffington

Institution: Northern Arizona University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Religion; Philosophy of Religion; Environmental studies; Rhetoric; Film studies
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2105400
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Many messages can be found when viewing films in popular culture. Disney remains one of the more examined entities which creates, produces, and disseminates such films. Using the pentadic method this thesis examines three such films by Disney/Pixar, which are Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. While these films have been examined for spiritual and religious themes, as well as messages relating to environmental consciousness, no researchers have tried to connect the two. By comparing the dominant elements in each film, this project discovers the films do link environmental responsibility to spiritual responsibilities. Furthermore, the viewing audience could extract several messages relating to commitment and faith in religion.