From time to time my readers send me clips of films that have some spiritual message. Here are a few that are directly related to stories from our Vedic heritage.
In general, Srila Prabhupada was interested in any medium that would take the messages of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam to a greater audience. He was more reserved with regards to animated cartoons however, since he thought that they would not have the effect of the viewers actually understanding the reality of Krishna. ‘Cartoon’ means ‘unfinished painting’ and Srila Prabhupada stated that he wanted the paintings of Krishna and His incarnations to be as realistic as possible so that they would act as ‘windows to the spiritual world.’
Some people have tried hard with these, and apparently extensive research was involved in the Little Krishna that is soon to be shown on the Nickleodeon channel. I think the artwork is significantly more real than non CGI cartoon images and I also feel that they may promote factual attraction for Krishna within children.
More information on Little Krishna can be had here: LITTLE KRISHNA
The Arjuna clip reveals – to those who’ve read The Mahabharata – that the story has been changed to accomodate greater dramatic effect. Still, people may be stimulated to enquire further and to read the original stories, now translated into almost 100 different languages by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. See what you think: