Disney

January 06, 2021 05:16 PM MST
Editor's note: This article is the cover story of the January/February 2021 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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September 09, 2020 12:29 PM MDT
Much has been said about the influence of Disney princesses on young girls, but did anyone ask the young girls themselves? That is what a group of Brigham Young University professors and students set out to do in a recent research study. A Deseret News article published on Monday explores the findings of the study.
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November 26, 2019 03:10 PM MST
This sequel to the hugely popular Frozen (2013) has been highly anticipated by squealing fans—and me. When the first trailer was released, it had 116,400,000 views within the first 24 hours, making it the most viewed animated trailer of all time.
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November 21, 2019 10:45 PM MST
In 2014, a year after Disney’s Frozen hit theaters, around 1,131 new babies became walking reminders of magical snow queen, Elsa, giving the name a noticeable boost for the first time in forever. My sister and I went to see it mostly because of the vocal talent (how could you not love Idina Menzel when you grew up listening to her sing “Defying Gravity” as Elphaba?), and we were not as bedazzled by the film as everyone else seemed to be. Sure, there were a few beautiful scenes and some catchy songs, but overall, we were disenchanted with the storyline and all its plot holes and wished everyone would just "let it go."
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October 22, 2019 03:33 PM MDT
Once upon a time, or twice upon a time in this case. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil brings back the magic and fantasy that Disney built its foundation upon. The visual effects and fantastical creatures are outstanding, and this film is absolutely gorgeous to look at. There is something here for almost everyone: magical worlds, beautiful landscapes, creative creatures, impressive set designs, exciting battle scenes, regal costumes, romance with a Romeo and Juliet vibe, comedy, good vs. evil.
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September 28, 2019 11:32 AM MDT
There are two things Latter-day Saints get really excited about: general conference and Disney. So what happens when you put them together? Over the years, there have been several Disney-related stories or comments used in conference talks to make a point or share a value. Here are a few of them.
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By  Emily Abel
September 07, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
The day you open your mission call is one you'll never forget. Whether you read it privately or surrounded by family and friends, you can probably relate to most of these stages of opening a mission call.
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July 23, 2019 12:37 PM MDT
It’s been 5 minutes, so that means it’s time for another Disney remake! If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the 1994 original movie The Lion King at least a dozen times, right? My kids grew up watching it over and over. The story, in a nutshell, is that a lion prince is deceived by his evil uncle and exiled from the kingdom until he grows up and accepts his rightful place as king after his father is killed. Did that synopsis give too much away? Luckily for Disney, nostalgia sells.
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July 16, 2019 01:32 PM MDT
What happens when you bring two iconic love songs together? Latter-day Saint husband and wife Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck created a unique mashup of The Lion King's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and The Greatest Showman's "Rewrite the Stars."
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July 15, 2019 01:31 PM MDT
With the theatrical release of Disney's The Lion King this week, BYU Vocal Point decided to celebrate the remaking of this animated classic by creating a cover of "The Circle of Life." Check it out:
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July 12, 2019 02:38 PM MDT
As Disney fans around the world prepare for The Lion King to hit theaters, we wanted to share some of the gospel lessons that make this story great.
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June 24, 2019 02:02 PM MDT
Our favorite toys are back together again in Toy Story 4, 24 years after the original Toy Story hit theaters to instant, raving fans. How does this franchise consistently pump out one fantastic film after another? Disney and Pixar’s magical formula has done it again. Former Chief Creator Director of Disney John Lasseter has always said that Pixar wouldn’t make another Toy Story movie unless it was as good or better than previous versions. Mission accomplished. To infinity and beyond!
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June 17, 2019 02:16 PM MDT
Can you believe the first Toy Story movie came out 24 years ago? Since then, we've loved, laughed, and cried with our favorite toy characters through four movies. But have you ever wondered what it might be like to serve with Buzz or Woody? Here's what we think that would look like:
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By  Emily Abel
May 29, 2019 09:17 AM MDT
Hmm. . . was that Elder Holland or Aladdin? See if you can tell which of these quotes came from general conference and which came from a Disney movie. This might be harder than you think.
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May 24, 2019 12:40 PM MDT
It’s been about five minutes, so what does that mean? Time for another Disney live-action remake! (Wink.) This version of the 1992 animated musical Aladdin was directed by Guy Ritchie, who wanted to make a children’s film for his five kids. He admits he’s always been compelled by stories about street hustlers. Aladdin is a common thief who accidentally meets a princess and falls in love with her. He also meets a genie who magically allows him to appear as a prince to sweep the princess off her feet onto a flying carpet and show her the world. The evil Jafar grabs power and gets in the way of their happiness together. What’s a street rat to do?
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May 18, 2019 03:18 PM MDT
What can Aladdin, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Beauty and the Beast teach you about God's grace and your divine potential? It turns out quite a lot. Check out these fascinating gospel lessons found in Disney movies.
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April 25, 2019 09:04 AM MDT
Last fall, my wife and I took our three kids on our first official family Disneyland trip. It was magical. It was memorable. It was everything we wished it could be.
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By  LDS Living
February 20, 2019 02:53 PM MST
With the release of the Frozen 2 trailer, many Disney fans are excitedly preparing to watch another Anna and Elsa adventure this November. In honor of the new trailer, Working with Lemons recently released a music video that has been four years in the making. After Frozen's release in 2013, the Latter-day Saint family released several music videos bringing the movie to life. Among them was "Do You Want to Build a Snowman," which received more than 488 million views.
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February 18, 2019 01:54 PM MST
There is what we might call a sweet spirituality in many of the stories we are told. My mother introduced me to this quality through some very simple stories, and I have searched for it in its deeper invitations ever since.
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January 04, 2019 03:01 PM MST
Latter-day Saint music duo Scott and Ryceejo recently created a 41-minute video of their Disney mashups.
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December 21, 2018 01:37 PM MST
Jenny Oaks Baker and her family decided to #LightTheWorld in an exciting way this season. Focusing on the Church's theme for this week to light your families, the Bakers created a Mary Poppins rooftop medley together. "One way our family loves to serve is through music. Through music, we hope to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to others," Jenny Oaks Baker says. Check out this spectacular video:
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December 20, 2018 08:20 PM MST
CTR Movies reviews Hollywood films from a Latter-day Saint perspective. It was founded by Jonathan Decker, author of 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families. For more join our Facebook group and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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November 16, 2018 10:15 PM MST
November 18, 2018, was Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday! Check out this little-known story about how the iconic mouse was influenced by a Latter-day Saint.
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November 16, 2018 01:25 PM MST
The Piano Guys just released a new music video featuring Jon Schmidt's rendition of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.
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November 07, 2018 01:14 PM MST
Listening to Claire Ryann Crosby sing, it's hard to believe she is just six years old. Recently, she created an intricate medley of Disney Princess songs that included everything from Snow White to Moana and Beauty and the Beast to Frozen. Check out the adorable video, filmed at Disney World.
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September 05, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Here's just a typical Sunday for a Latter-day Saint, as told through Disney GIFs:
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By  LDS Living
August 30, 2018 03:18 PM MDT
Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck recently released this fun video of them singing a mashup of two well-known Disney songs, “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid and “Where You Are” from Moana. You can watch it here:
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August 15, 2018 12:16 PM MDT
In addition to the lyric “Tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast” written in script, a phone case depicting iconic Disney characters in front of the Church's most iconic temple contains lines from a D&C 123:17.
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July 27, 2018 12:53 PM MDT
LDS couple Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck recently teamed up with another husband and wife duo, Reilly and McKenzie Zamber, to create a Disney mashup of epic proportions. Though the couples live in different states and never performed in the same room together, through "countless messages, video chats, calls, and file-shares," according to Scott, they were able to combine Coco's Academy Award-winning "Remember Me" with Tarzan's Academy Award-winning "You'll Be in My Heart." Check it out:
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July 13, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
There are few things Mormons love more than a Disney movie. But these family-friendly classics don’t just have to entertain. Many of these Disney movies also come packed with powerful messages that can give us insight into the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are a few Disney connections to ponder and point out to your children.
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June 28, 2018 08:30 PM MDT
Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck are not new to a cappella Disney mashups—their Hercules and Moana mashup has received over two million views. But this time the couple decided to tackle Disney's Tangled and Frozen by combining "For the First Time in Forever" with "When Will My Life Begin." About this video, Scott says, "As we were arranging, even we couldn't believe how much we found these two characters had in common. And it was so fun to re-imagine Anna as a male character for me to play."
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June 23, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
While working at Disney for a decade, Jared Beckstrand helped create many of the Disney characters we have come to love—from Esmerelda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) to Meg (Hercules) and Jane (Tarzan) to Pacha (The Emperor's New Groove). Find out more about how he shares his faith through art.
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June 19, 2018 07:29 PM MDT
Twenty years ago today, Disney's Mulan was released in theaters. But one of the most iconic songs of the film, "I'll Make a Man Out of You," wasn't sung by the actor for Captain Li Shang. It was sung by Mormon celebrity and performer Donny Osmond.
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June 12, 2018 04:23 PM MDT
Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and her four musical children—age 16, 14, 13, and 11—have performed all over the world, from Austria to Japan and Taiwan. Recently, Jason Lyle Black, known as the "Backwards Piano Man," approached the Bakers about teaming up for an epic Disney cover.
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April 25, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
As a little girl of four or five, Heather Theurer knew without a doubt her answer to the age-old, grown-up question, "What would you like to be when you grow up?"
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March 23, 2018 07:17 PM MDT
LDS couple Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck recently created an a cappella mashup of Disney classics "Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog and "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King. Check it out.
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March 15, 2018 04:02 PM MDT
What happens when two incredible LDS musicians come together to enjoy doing what they love most? They create an epic cover of an iconic song while hanging out in the living room.
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March 13, 2018 04:40 PM MDT
Reese Oliveira may only be 13 years old, but she's already sung a solo at the White House for President Barack Obama with the One Voice Children's Choir, toured Fukuoka Japan with a small singing group, and has been cast in the upcoming 2018 movie of Little Women. It's not hard to see that she has a talent for singing.
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March 03, 2018 02:55 PM MST
After the runaway hit "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman was nominated for an Oscar and performed at the Academy Awards this past weekend, we wanted to share the remarkable experience of LDS artist Tiffany Alvord.
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March 02, 2018 01:58 PM MST
Now trending at no. 38 on YouTube, Lindsey Stirling's latest music video shares a medley of The Greatest Showman songs, including "A Million Dreams," "Never Enough," and "Rewrite the Stars." Check it out:
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By  LDS Living
February 12, 2018 12:00 PM MST
When it comes to Disney fandom, most people know Donny Osmond's voice was featured in Mulan as he sings the iconic "I'll Make a Man Out of You."
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December 22, 2017 05:17 PM MST
Recently, Ellen DeGeneres shared Claire Ryann and Dave Crosby's adorable new video on EllenTube. The song, "When We're Together," was filmed at Disney Animation Studios.
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November 08, 2017 02:28 PM MST
LDS pianist Jason Lyle Black and Canadian baritone Jonathan Estabrooks came together to create a Disney mashup of Hercules' "Go The Distance" and Tangled's "I See The Light" that is simply gorgeous.
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October 24, 2017 08:06 PM MDT
Where does a 4-year-old with millions of YouTube views and her dad, who's also a contestant on The Voice, give the most magical "A Whole New World" performance ever?
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October 17, 2017 05:27 PM MDT
“The essence of what the song is about is that your dreams can come true and I remember when I was a struggling artist and when I was being told that I would never succeed, I was inspired by the Walt Disney story. You know, everyone told him he was a failure and yet, he didn’t give up. So I didn’t either,” Stirling said.
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October 11, 2017 04:57 PM MDT
Cambria, Joby, and Kiley, three LDS teens with Down syndrome, have surely gone far with this beautiful piano rendition of "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's Moana. LDS pianist and entertainer Jason Lyle Black arranged the song and produced the video.
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August 18, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
Here are some gospel lessons we can learn from the movie Finding Nemo—a classic the whole family can enjoy!
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August 11, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
"Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving [. . .] Honesty is a moral compass to guide us in our lives [. . .] Honesty is a principle, and we have our moral agency to determine how we will apply this principle. We have the agency to make choices, but ultimately we will be accountable for each choice we make. We may deceive others, but there is One we will never deceive."
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August 01, 2017 01:52 PM MDT
LDS couple Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck recently combined two classic songs from Disney's Moana, "How Far I'll Go," and Hercules, "Go the Distance," to create a music video of epic proportions. Check it out:
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July 28, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
"God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect.
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By  LDS Living
July 26, 2017 10:58 PM MDT
Check out these epic performances of "Circle of Life" and "He Lives in You" from Disney's The Lion King and The Lion King II sung by Alex Boyé and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during their Pioneer Day concert.
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May 23, 2017 07:14 PM MDT
Congratulations to BYU animation students for their work on "Taijitu," which was recently nominated for a student Emmy award.
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April 30, 2017 10:37 PM MDT
Just last week, Disney announced the release date of the sequel to Frozen set for November 27, 2019. Frozen fanatics have been talking about this exciting news on social media, but Donny Osmond recently shared his surprising and unexpected connection to the film.
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April 27, 2017 10:21 PM MDT
Learn how a surprise trip to Disneyland became the "best day ever" after an unexpected visit from Johnny Depp.
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April 19, 2017 04:29 PM MDT
After winning season nine of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Donny Osmond returned to the show on April 17 to perform his classic Disney song, "I'll Make a Man Out of You." At the beginning of this year, this popular Mulan song made Entertainment Weekly's top 20 Disney songs of all time, so it's little wonder Dancing with the Stars would feature it on their season 24 "Disney Night."
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March 27, 2017 05:13 PM MDT
The popular Disney movie Moana comes to life with this incredible music video "I Am Moana" filmed at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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March 27, 2017 01:02 PM MDT
"Eighty-two million people have watched you," Steve Harvey told Claire Ryann Crosby about her viral YouTube videos. "That's more than my entire 32-year career."
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March 18, 2017 01:39 PM MDT
Set with a fantastical backdrop, this music video cover of "Beauty and the Beast" performed by LDS artist Jennifer Thomas and featuring Armen Ksajikian is simply stunning!
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March 18, 2017 01:03 PM MDT
Love. It's a word that gets thrown around a lot these days in songs, on TV, even in politics.
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