Michael Flaherty, President of Walden Media, is a major proponent of creating quality media that can be appreciated by children and adults alike. In a recent speech delivered at Hillsdale College he speaks of the need for tales of quality and character:
At the end of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy assume their rightful thrones as Kings and Queens of Narnia. Lewis dedicates only one sentence to describing how they governed during the Golden Age of Narnia, but it is interesting to hear his summary of their most important accomplishments. Lewis tells us that they “made good laws and kept the peace and saved good trees from being cut down and liberated young dwarfs and young satyrs from being sent to school and generally stopped busybodies and interferers and encouraged ordinary people who wanted to live and let live.”
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Michael Flaherty has put his money where his mouth is: his movie studio Walden Media is responsible for some of the best in quality entertainment in recent years.
EDIT: Fighting dragons must be done, not necessarily just to free the damsel, but to slay the evil that is the dragon.