Ever since it released its first movie in 1995, Pixar has explored the deepest questions about humanity. Toy Story tackled the subject of change. A Bug’s Life examined fear. Up analyzed grief.
Pixar isn’t afraid of any subject, and it proved that by releasing two movies about death and the afterlife in 2020 -- the same year people were quarantined at home, questioning their purpose and pondering their mortality. Remember: It takes years to make such films.
Some would call that a coincidence. I’d call it providential.
In Soul (2020), a middle-aged man dies unexpectedly and enters the afterlife.
In Onward (2020), two teenage brothers set out on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father.
Soul and Onward weren’t the first Pixar films to explore death. In 2017’s Coco, a young boy meets his ancestors on the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday.
Thus, three of the past five Pixar movies have explored eternal subjects rarely included in children’s films--much less in movies aimed at adults.
True, they aren’t faith-based movies.
But it would be foolish to ignore the biblical themes they’re promoting, even if the plots stray a bit from Scripture.
Here are 4 biblical lessons about life, death and the afterlife you’ll find in Pixar’s latest films:
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