I admit it. The Lone Ranger was my hero as a child. Of course, being horse-crazy, I also have to admit it was more about the horse than it was the Lone Ranger!
After viewing the new Disney movie adaptation of this icon, I decided to do some research and found something interesting. I have copied the Wikipedia description below.
"As generally depicted, the Lone Ranger conducts himself by a strict moral code put in place by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle at the inception of the character. Actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels both took their positions as role models to children very seriously and tried their best to live by this creed. It reads:
What I found most fascinating about it all was the fact that many of these ideals were imprinted upon my childhood self. Being around 6-8 years of age when I watched this series (TV was a great babysitter back then) I found that even now many of these core values are ones I live by. It was quite an enlightenment since all of this time all I really remembered out of the series were the fancy tricks that Silver could do.
Though I knew going in that the new movie would be far removed from the original series, (we continually think we can improve on things in this day and age) I found it entertaining. Who can not appreciate Johnny Depp's acting skills? Though I think it would have better served the movie if the title would have been Tonto and the Lone Ranger! Still it had it's moments and the soundtrack is phenomenal. There was still a hint of the original creed and sound good versus evil guidelines.
Overall it raised in me not only the realization that young children are very impressionable but sadly how Hollywood has lost sight of just how much they impact our future generations. It seems to me for the sake of 'art' and political agendas they have lost the simple morals of life. Watch any popular cartoons today and observe what the core values are that are being taught.
We, as writers, are no less responsible for what we produce as well. Will we go with the latest fad to make a quick buck or will our values and morals be important enough to pass on to future generations?