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(2009), NR [PG-NR*] (87.8min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2009), NR [PG-NR*] ... Darkness has settled over the world.

Production (US): Park Road Post Production, Telestory TOONS, LLC, Backyard Digital Studios, Deluxe Digital Studios
Distribution (US): FoxFaith
Director(s): Jason Adams
Animation Directors: Jason Adams, Rob Di Figlia
Producer(s): Chris Waters, Rob Di Figlia, Seth Willenson
Created by: Chris Waters, Tudor Williams
Music: Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli
Film Editing: Jason Adams
Casting: Chris Waters, Jason Adams
Art Direction: Daniel Wang
Viewed on FoxFaith Home Entertainment DVD

Angel Wars: The Messengers is divided into five parts:

  • Some Sound Advice
  • A Bone to Pick
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Sticking Together
  • Return to Sender

    Each of the five parts of this episode has its own message which is pointed to by the title of each part. This analysis is of all five parts combined into one. Note also that there are three more episodes of Angel Wars and I intend to conduct CAP analysis of each and prepare a scoring comparative of all four episodes.

    With the great fall of angels from Heaven, the Guardian Force is formed. The Guardian Force is an army of angel warriors sworn to protect man from the evil work of the fallen angels -- the demons. Eli (voice of Justin Moran) and Kira (voice of Nancy Johnson) are Guardian wannabes going through training to be full fledged Guardians and receive their wings. Until they pass the rigorous training required for Guardian status, Eli and Kira are Anawims and do not get their wings. They must settle for wing boards for travel to missions.

    Darkness has settled over the world. The cast out angels -- the demons -- are draining the world of hope. Every manner of corruption and debauchery and other evils are slowly oozing into daily human life. Hope seems to be fading.

    Eli and Kira are charged with restoring hope to the world. The hot-headed Eli is often at odds with the level-headed Kira. Arrogance and conceit start to consume Eli as he learns to use a set of evil wings he gained by deceit and forgery, by dealing with a demon. Eli is being dragged by desire into the realm of evil. Eli must learn to work with Kira to drive back the soldiers of evil and deliver hope to the world.

    As is often typical of films with stories of good versus evil, Angel Wars: The Messengers spends most of the screen time on how successful evil can be with the story culminating in good winning a grand-slam victory over evil.

    A final score of 74 out of 100 places Angel Wars: The Messengers within three points out of 18 of the middle of the scoring range (68 to 86 out of 100) earned by movies rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). That score makes the overall magnitude of the content "run of the mill" PG-equivalent. Please recall that the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model treats onscreen animated behavior as equivalent to that of live actors and actresses if the demonstrated behavior can be reasonably duplicated by or subjected to a child or clearly demonstrate an undesirable behavior or imagery. Know that a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly.


    Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
    The strongest concentration of content is violence. Indeed, there are so many instances of violence that the violence content of this film is equivalent to the violence content some R-rated features, not in magnitude or extremeness of examples of violence but in the sheer number of examples of them. See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on the impact of such loading of the content of a work of entertainment with tons of "lesser" examples of assault on morality and wholesome ethics to achieve the "feel" of more severely rated entertainment without the more bold and extreme examples such as in a typical Hollywood R-rated film.

    None of the examples of violence were particularly gory or graphic except for one where a Guardian is portrayed as receiving a run-through impalement injury. Many story characters are annihilated but no blood or gore is seen. Action violence in the form of fighting and battle also took a serious toll on the starting 100 points of this content investigation area.

    While none of the examples of violence except for the run-through impalement were gory or extreme, they are violent nonetheless. No matter how innocuous the violence might seem, violence can tempt the observer. God knew this and warned us of violence more than 50 times from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Proverb 16:29 puts the matter into perspective quite well. In Proverb 16:29 God warns us that violence is enticing: that it is "catching"; that it can lead one into a path that is not good. Some years after God warned us of the enticing properties of violence, man chimed in and plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies warning us that violence in and as entertainment can, among other things lead the observer, especially the young to real life violence and can lead the observer to believe violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 73 out of 100
    There are a number of instances of lying freckled through much of the film. Deceit and arrogance and/or conceit also cause loss of some of the starting 100 points in this content investigation area. [Ps. 101:7, 1 Pet. 3:10, Rev 21:8] One time a character utters an incomplete phrase of profanity.

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
    The only matters of content applicable to this investigation area are the repeated display of a female in a much more form-fitting outfit than her male counterparts and an animation display of the frontal nude male form with the genitals hidden by shadows.

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
    No instances of possession, consumption or distribution of illegal drugs were found. Neither were any tobacco or abuse of prescription drugs found.

    Offense to God (O) - 85 out of 100
    This film portrays the on-going battle between God and Satan. Portrayal of demons is inevitable but it is my "job" to inform you of it. Demons appear throughout the film. Further, in Matthew 5:22 God warns of calling others a "fool." One of the demons does just that.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 96 out of 100
    Toward the beginning of the film a huge demon beast is seen tossing a vehicle like the vehicle was a Matchbox™ toy with the driver in it. The gravity of the portrayal was enough for the event to be fatal to the driver.



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  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Ps. 101:7 No one [unforgiven] who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
  • 1 Pet. 3:10 For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [which includes witches, warlocks, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, those who practice the magic arts, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Angel Wars: The Messengers (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • animated space warfare with unseen deaths, repeatedly
  • character annihilation, repeatedly
  • animated action violence, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • animated sequences of battle with "high-tech" demons, repeatedly
  • attempted murder
  • pursuit to kill, repeatedly
  • run-through impalement
  • threat to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 73 out of 100
  • lying, repeatedly
  • deceit
  • arrogance/conceit
  • incomplete phrase of profanity

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 89 out of 100
  • pose and form-fitting attire sometimes revealing of anatomy, female only, throughout
  • cartoon nudity with genitals hidden by shadows

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 85 out of 100
  • "Fools" [Matt. 5:22]
  • demons, throughout
  • unholy resurrection

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 96 out of 100
  • demon murder of driver by throwing vehicle

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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