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(2006), G [G*] (1hr 4min)
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Production (US): DisneyToon Studios
Dstribution: Beuna Vista Pictures
Director(s): Brian Pimenthal
Producer(s): Jim Ballantine, Dave Okey
Story: Brian Pimenthal, Jeanne Rosenberg
Screenplay: Alicia Kirk
Score: Bruce Boughton
Film Editing: Jeremy Milton, Mark Solomon
Technical Direction: Glo Minaya
Art Direction: Carol Kieffer Police
Inspired by the book Bambi by Felix Salten
I put the DisneyToon DVD in the player hoping for another film to earn a CAP final score of 100, But then I remembered the first Bambi with its gunfire killing of Bambi's mother, the animal attacks and other matters such as the great fire endangering many would not have earned a final score of 100.
Recall that since an influence does not have to be real to influence, the CAP analysis model assumes the behaviors of an animated characters which can be duplicated by or subjected to a child can be as influential as the behaviors of a live actor/actress.
With a final score of 91 Bambi II earned its rightful place in the scoring range earned by G-rated films (87 to 100 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. However, parental caution might be warranted particularly for programming found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area. A number of lies [Prov. 6:19], disrespect for parental authority, defiance of parental instruction and other examples of such programming might give the young the threshold to try the same. [Exod. 20:12, Prov. 22:15, 1 Sam. 15:23, and to add some New Testament admonitions, Eph. 6:1 - 3, Col. 3:20] It is because of the number of issues of impudence this film earned a yellow CAPCon Alert light (See CAPCon Alerts).
The film starts out with a pivotal line from the first Bambi when the Great Prince (Patrick Stewart), Bambi's father telling Bambi (Alexander Gould) "Your mother can't be with you any more. Come." From there the story leads the viewer through the Great Prince trying to be mother and father to Bambi. Soon the Prince charges Friend Owl (voice of Keith Ferguson) to find a deer who would mother Bambi.
The familiar support characters are back: Thumper (voice of Brandon Baerg); Faline (voice of Andrea Bowen); Flower (voice of Nicky Jones); Friend Owl.
Some new characters enter into Bambi's life, Mena (voice of Cree Summer) and Ronno (voice of Anthony Ghannam). Thumper's sisters (voices of Makenna Cougill, Emma Rose Lima, Briel Winter) now have a voice in the story. With his own point of view, Porcupine (Brian Pimenthal) adds a barrier to Bambi's trek to antlered buckhood.
The new character, Ronno is the young son, same age as Bambi, of one of the deer under the Great Prince's protection. Ronno is a bully and tormentor. His personality is described well in the way he describes his forming antlers as Stab and Jab. Mena is a deer who is willing to be Bambi's new mother.
Rather than go into any detail about the story I am going to leave that to your discovery should you opt to watch this new film in the Disney franchise of animated films. But I will, as is my "job", let you know of that which you may want to know regarding its potential for questionable influence on your little ones. Everything that was noted in this 64-minute film is provided in the refreshingly short listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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 more than eight 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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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