6 episodes

In Toon My Heart, we'll dive into your favorite animated movies to see if we can discover redeeming themes, traces of eternal truth, and ideas that are relevant to the Christian faith.

Toon My Heart Tracy Herold

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

In Toon My Heart, we'll dive into your favorite animated movies to see if we can discover redeeming themes, traces of eternal truth, and ideas that are relevant to the Christian faith.

    First Impressions: Migration

    First Impressions: Migration

    Landing in theaters late in 2023, and now available on Peacock and other streaming networks, Migration flew under a lot of people's radar. But while the latest animated film from Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie didn't soar to the same levels of box-office success as those predecessors, both host Tracy and daughter Darcy (age 8) enjoyed it-- although for very different reasons. Listen to this short episode to find out why this quirky but lovable family of ducks made a good first impression on us.

    • 10 min
    First Impressions: Disney's Wish

    First Impressions: Disney's Wish

    Disney's Wish didn't get a very warm welcome from critics or audiences when it came out in theaters last year, but does it have any redeeming qualities that might make it worth seeing now that it's out on streaming and blu-ray? In this bonus "First Impressions" episode, host Tracy and daughter Darcy (age 8) give their initial thoughts on Disney's newest musical fairy tale film and whether it might just be worth watching after all.

    • 17 min
    Encanto and Grace vs. Works

    Encanto and Grace vs. Works

    In this episode of Toon My Heart podcast, host Tracy Herold is talking about Bruno-- and the entire amazing Madrigal family! Disney's Encanto worked its way into the hearts of streaming viewers across the world when it landed on Disney+ on Christmas Eve 2021, with its relatable characters, way too catchy tunes, and unique setting and story. But is there something deeper behind this animated film's popularity? Tracy talks about the Biblical symbolism she sees in the movie, and explores how the theme of grace vs. works plays out as the story of Mirabel and her magical family unfolds.Mentioned in this episode: Jared Bush's Twitter/X account:https://twitter.com/thejaredbush(Note: In the podcast, one Tweet attributed to Byron Howard was actually from Jared Bush.)"'Encanto is Disney's first Latino musical. How the filmmakers got Colombia right" by Tracy Brown (LA Times):https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2021-11-29/encanto-explained-disney-colombia-consultants"'Encanto's' Luisa Is Way Too Beefy For A Woman" by Jeff Wright (The Federalist):https://thefederalist.com/2022/02/04/encantos-luisa-is-way-too-beefy-for-a-woman-and-its-wrongCharles Spurgeon quote:https://www.blueletterbible.org/devotionals/me/view.cfm?Date=02/03&bodyMusic by REDProductions, sourced from Pixabay.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Lion King and The Prodigal Son

    The Lion King and The Prodigal Son

    One is the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time. The other is one of Jesus Christ's best known and most beloved parables. In this episode of Toon My Heart podcast, find out what Disney's The Lion King and the Bible's prodigal son parable have in common, and what both stories can teach us about guilt, identity, responsibility, and redemption. Join host Tracy Herold as she dives into the history behind one of Disney's most unexpectedly successful movies, shares what Bible verse always reminds her of Scar, contemplates whether Christians should follow "Hakuna Matata," and examines the journey of Simba on the Circle of Life to see what faith-related lessons we can learn along the way.Mentioned in this episode:"Was 'The Lion King' Copied From A Japanese Cartoon? Here's the Real Story": https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lion-king-kimba_n_6272316 Japanamerica: How Japanese Culture Has Invaded the U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/Japanamerica-Japanese-Culture-Invaded-U-S/dp/140398476X"The Circle of Life" (Biblical Geek, archived): https://web.archive.org/web/20190708064503/http://www.biblicalgeek.com/blog/2018/7/3/the-circle-of-lifeMusic by REDProductions, Sourced from Pixabay.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Tangled and the Call to Community

    Tangled and the Call to Community

    Is Disney's Tangled just a swash-buckling fairy tale romance movie, or can we look past the surface to find something deeper? Listen in to find out what Disney Animation's first CGI 3D princess, Rapunzel, along with Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert, a group of dreaming pub thugs, a feisty chameleon, and an intense horse can teach us about our need for community, our innate desire to know and be known, and the challenges we face in connecting with others. Of course, we'll also talk about what the Bible has to say about these topics, and we'll also hear wisdom from two lovers of both fairy tales and God, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein.Mentioned in this episode:"Tangled" entry in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangled"Eucatastrophe" entry in Tolkein Gateway: https://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/EucatastropheMusic by REDproductions, sourced from Pixabay.comQuestions, comments, or suggestions? Email toonmyheartpodcast@gmail.comFollow @toonmyheart on Facebook, Instagram, and Twittertoonmyheart.com

    • 47 min
    Beauty and the Beast and the Problem of Pride

    Beauty and the Beast and the Problem of Pride

    Welcome to the very first episode of Toon My Heart, in which we'll examine some of your favorite animated films in search of themes relevant to the Christian faith and traces of eternal truth. In this episode: What can Disney's classic animated movie Beauty and the Beast teach us about the perils of pride and the redemptive power of love? We'll talk about what the Bible has to say about both pride and love, and see how these attributes are reflected in the characters of the Beast, Belle, and Gaston.Referenced in this episode:"Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)" Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_(1991_film)"Beauty and the Beast: True Love or Stockholm Syndrome": https://snowwhitewrites.com/beauty-and-the-beast-stockholm"Glen Keane on Beauty and the Beast transformation sequence" on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wrc8DCk520Music by REDProductions, sourced from Pixabay.com

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

The Apptrepreneur ,

Great Family Podcast

Tracy does such a great job on this podcast! I love to hear her daughters reviews of the movies almost as much as I love the faith based context of Disney films!

faithdea ,

Informative and delightful!

Tracy does such a great job weaving facts and background of beloved animation movies with insightful reflections. This podcast reminds me that everything in life can be untangled and directed to Christ. If we take on a biblical lens we are able to receive helpful take aways much like those Tracy addresses. I think the more we do this, the better we can decipher between and filter reality from fantasy. Thanks for a fun show, Tracy!

michaelburgett ,

Love hearing talk about animated films

It is always fun to listen to a genre of films that I enjoy and animation is one of them. This is a fun engaging podcast to get into and listen with animated films

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