There are a ton, but one great family friendly movie coming to a theater near you Christmas 2019 is “Spies in Disguise”. This animated film will be the perfect movie for the whole family!
“It’s a “wing-man” (pun intended) role reversal adventure! Spies in disguise is filled with lessons on acceptance and teamwork, sprinkled with witty humor and thrilling action scenes that will make you forget you’re watching and animated film.” – Meg Harrell
Spies in Disguise Sneak Peek
This November (2019) I was invited by Disney as part of the 2019 Geekly Retreat to screen Spies in Disguise in the Walt Disney Animation Studios Theater! Just a few of my blogger friends and I were the first to see Spies in Disguise in it’s completion.
The Directors (Nick Bruno and Troy Quane) came to introduce and discuss the movie. They let us know they even the day before we arrived, they were still tweeking scenes. So it will literally JUST FINISHED when we pilled into the theater to watch it! Come read about my Interview with the Directors of Spies in Disguise. It was fascinating to hear their process and the secret insights to adding themselves into the movie. You gotta read it!
Spies in Disguise Plot
Spies in Disguise is about a super spy (007 kinda thing) named Lance Sterling, who is voiced by the ever-talented Will Smith! His costar in the movie is a genius mad scientist named Walter Beckett who will be voiced by the infamous Tom Holland! What a pair, am I right?
Will Smith’s character “Lance” and Tom Holland’s character “Walter” are complete opposites. Lance has swag and Walter is a total dork. This hilarious duo is forced to team up on a mission that is critical to the fate of the world! This important mission requires an impossible disguise that Lance Sterling isn’t too thrilled about!
Lance Sterling is literally the world’s best spy. But through a short series of unfortunate unintentional events, he is turned into a pigeon! Lance Sterling must rely on his nerdy BBF scientist, Walter Beckett to save the world!
To read more about the plot and the list of A-list stars in this movie, click here for my Spies in Disguise Overview!
5 Lessons of Acceptance in SPIES IN DISGUISE
Within the complex characters of this movie are deep valuable lessons for children and adults. Lance is a smooth operator that turns totally awkward when he’s turned into a pigeon. Walter demonstrates his strength and ability by using his inventions to save everyone around him. The character who you think is the “wing man” gets his role flipped over and over! Each character is taught to accept their current situations and the people around them!
Here are the 5 Lesson of Acceptance in Spies in Disguise
1. The World needs More of Your Weird
Young Walter is made fun off in school for his awkward ways and inventions. The other children call him weird. He reveals this to him mother and she responds with “Weird is good. The world needs more of your weird!” This is repeated again at the end of the movie.
This lesson is so important to kids and adult who feel just a little bit different. You may not fit into the cookie cutter mold of society, and that’s ok. The world needs your weird. Embrace the weird! This movie demonstrated how valuable each persons strengths can be!
2. When you fight fire with fire, you get burned.
Walters character is constantly trying to show Lance that his violent spy ways are not the best weapon. Towards the end of the movie, Walter demonstrates his beliefs of non violence in a critical scene that made the whole theater gasp! You won’t believe what he does!
Ultimately Walter shows that blown things up and destruction is not the only way to defeat evil. Justice can be served without violence.
3. There’s power in numbers, defeat evil as a team
Lance’s character is a spy who “flies solo”. He uses his intellect and gadgets to single handedly defeat the bad guys. He claims he doesn’t need a partner – but soon figures out that he cannot do it without help. There is a lesson is needing each other! Even if we do things differently and have opposite life philosophies – we are stronger when we are a team! Listen up, America!
4. You don’t need physical strength to be strong
Lance is physically nimble and bright. You need nothing can defeat him. As the movie progresses you see the value in Walters genius! Time and time again, the duo is saved solely because of Walters intellectual abilities and not the brute strength of Lance.
We are not all athletic. Some of us find our tenacity without nonphysical abilities and we should celebrate this creativity! (Otherwise we wouldn’t have remarkable movies like this one! Someone has to be the nerd.)
5. There are no “good guys” or “bad guys” just people.
The characters in this movie are not black and white, good vs evil. You see the humanity in the villains and you see the negative in the heroes. I was impressed that FOX and the Walt Disney Company created such depth in an animated movie.
There is a line in the movie “There are no good guys or bad guys, just people.” I got goosebumps. There is a lesson of empathy to try and understand our enemies. You will want to dissipate that idea of “Us vs Them” that creates so much conflict today.
Drop the Beat
I cannot close this article without mentioning the marvelous music on this soundtrack! Its toe tapping and will make you wanna dance out of your movie theater seat! Their might be a song or two “influenced” by Will Smith and his talented rap ability. You’ll see what I’m talking about.
BTW! There’s a video game coming out based on the movie! It’s called Spies in Disguise: Agents on the Run!
Watch the trailer one more time and I’ll see YOU at the movies!