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Do you ever tire of the dark, immoral, and anti-Christian shows that are the predominant entertainment available these days? Perhaps you long for a more wholesome, uplifting alternative. Maybe something that is actually appropriate for family viewing.
Enter Walt Disney’s Generations Collection—old Disney classics recently released on DVD. Among this collection are happily wholesome films like Justin Morgan Had a Horse.
Welcome to the America of the late 1700’s. On a trip, a man named Justin Morgan acquires a beautiful young horse he names Figure. But this man is no ordinary fellow, nor is his horse the common runt he appears to be.
To outsiders, especially the overbearing Squire Fisk who owns everything in the countryside where Justin lives, Justin and his little colt seem like a perfect match. Fisk believes Justin will never amount to anything more than a poor composer and school teacher. Indeed, Justin hardly seems successful, since he keeps racking up debt to the squire. Even Justin’s friends think Justin should not have acquired Figure, who will only be another mouth to feed.
Labeled a runt by Squire Fisk, Figure is pretty to look at, but not expected to be of much worth or help as a workhorse in the rough farm life of the day. Yet Justin refuses to heed his friends and the squire. He sees remarkable potential in Figure and determines that, with training and maturation, Figure is going to astonish the world. Justin has a dream to create the first American breed of horse. And he’s sure his dream’s fulfillment is Figure.
The path to a dream, however, is never easy. Justin and Figure have to work hard and overcome many obstacles. If Justin’s belief in his little horse comes true, Squire Fisk still stands in the way, as he threatens to take Figure from Justin in payment for debt. Only through diligence and God-given ability will Justin and Figure taste a dream.
Like many of the best family movies of years gone by, Justin Morgan offers a sweet story that teaches moral lessons in an entertaining package. A tale for all ages, this movie will particularly thrill horse lovers and history fans.
Homeschooling families might want to count watching this film for history credit, since the story takes viewers into the world of the late 1700s. With a light touch that doesn’t stray from entertainment, the movie explores historical issues like indentured servitude, squires who own vast acres of land and the people on the land, as well as timeless topics of love, responsibility, and perseverance. All this without a whiff of harmful content.
So the next time you’re looking for a movie that will actually make you feel good instead of depressed, or a flick you and the kids can watch together, look no further than Justin Morgan Had a Horse.