Disney Approves Controversial New Project

Disney Approves Controversial New Project

(UnitedVoice.com) – Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, is home to more than just the company’s traditional animated films. It features documentaries, television shows, and various R-rated films. The entertainment giant is now adding to its content with a new German original that’s stirring up some backlash.

In early April, Deadline announced Disney+ greenlit the German original “Pauline.” The project is about an 18-year-old who falls for a guy named Lukas. The girl has a one-night stand with him and accidentally becomes pregnant. She finds herself falling in love with him only to discover he’s actually the devil.

Facundo Scalerandi, Arabella Bartsch, and Alma Buddecke will direct the series. It was written by Sebastian Colley. Matthias Murmann and Philipp Käßbohrer are the executive producers and said, “For a long time, the series has been and still remains a project very close to our hearts.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network reported Ted Baehr, Movieguide chairman and founder, is calling on parents to petition Disney and ask them to stop the series from being released on the platform. He said parents can’t let the “twisted and disturbing content corrupt [their] children’s values and beliefs.” He takes issue with the way the Devil is depicted as a romantic partner, suggesting that it normalizes Satan.

The new series isn’t the only one on Disney+ to receive backlash from Christians. The film “Maleficent” was attacked for allegedly making a Satanic character the savior of the film.

The film “Turning Red” was also called demonic. The animated film is about a 13-year-old who turns into a giant red panda when she’s too excited. When she first turns into the panda, the main character’s mom assumes she began menstruating but never explicitly says that.

Parents who want to protect their children from content they deem inappropriate can take steps to do so. Disney+ has a parental controls option that allows parents to set filters for the app so their kids only see the movies that are rated for their age. Additionally, they can make sure the app is only available on a television in a common area of their home.

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