Is Disney’s Cars discriminatory?

It’s Five minute Friday again!


In our household we have a two-and-a-half  year-old. He likes cars. Any sort of vehicle in fact, so long as it has wheels. And, of course, he loves the Cars 2 movie that we got him for Christmas on DVD. I liked it too, except for the fact that it is often on two or three times a week.

If you haven’t seen the movie (and you should, it’s fun), the Cars 2 world is one in which the world is inhabited by vehicles, not humans – they are characters in themselves, who talk, think, make friendships and go on adventures. It was pure genius from Disney to put eyes on vehicles, if you ask my opinion.

Anyway, the thing about this world is that each car is a specific kind of vehicle. Some are tow trucks, some are race cars, some are Fiat 500s, others are forklifts trucks etc. It struck me the other day whilst watching the scene at the airport, that these characters are born to do a particular thing. The tow truck cannot be a race car. The airport baggage van cannot be an MPV. They are stuck inhabiting the metal body that they have been given, with all it’s benefits and limitations.

Isn’t this discriminatory? Well, no. We are commonly told that ‘you can be whatever you want to be, if you only put your mind to it?’. But this simply isn’t true. Each one of us is born with particular aptitudes, talents and a particular character. Yes, some things can be learned with practice, but for example, given my eye-foot co-ordination, there is no way I was going to be a premiership footballer. Similarly my poor eyesight (genetically passed down to me) prevents me from being a fighter pilot. There are some things which are simply not open to all of us.

Yet God has given us particular skills and talents – the Bible calls these gifts. Surely, then, the point of life is to find out what these are and start doing them for God. Using these gifts helps us find the place where we fit and will therefore be most fulfilled.

So, in the end, our world is a bit like the world of cars. I’m not going to be a race car. I should embrace that and find out who I am.


9 minutes. better than last week.


One thought on “Is Disney’s Cars discriminatory?”

  1. Love the metaphor! And what better way to teach children that we all have a gift and that the best way we can use it is to be the best that we can be when using that talent.

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