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Who, if anyone, believes


That the way the Adamsons abandoned Elsa to teach her to fend for herself was cruel as some reviewers I've read do? It did seem harsh to me and I think there must have been another way. One has to remember though that:

1) They didn't have very much time and
2) This had never been done before, ever so of course mistakes were make.

Anyone else going put in their $2?

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How cruel it was I don't know, but the scene where she watched them drive away made me want to cry! 

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Me too. I just saw the movie for probably the first time in 30 years and it's been longer since I read the book, but I feel like the story was condensed somewhat. I seem to remember them trying to teach Elsa how to hunt with raw meat, etc. I could be getting another story confused though.

I think they were doing their best. Now, of course, there are animal sanctuaries where she could have been integrated into a small pride and possibly further 'trained' sort of like an internship.

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Wow. I'm seeing the movie for the first time in close to 30 years too though I've never read the book. This was one of my favorite movies as a kid.

Poorly Lived and Poorly Died, Poorly Buried and No One Cried

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I thought it was cruel too and yes that scene, as well as the scene where she comes back to them after a week starving made me want to cry, but in the end they did achieve what they set out to do, so it was a necessary cruelty.

Poorly Lived and Poorly Died, Poorly Buried and No One Cried

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