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(2009), NR [13-NR*] (15.7min)

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March 24, 2012
March 25, 2012

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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 [13-NR*] ... an excellent tool to generate opportunity

Production (US): Creative Youth Resources, A Bill Muir Presentations
Distribution (US):
Director(s): Michael Cargile
Producer(s): John Duke, Howard Porter. Jim Botherton. Reid Murphy, Kevin Downes, Bill Muir, Jacob Head
Screenplay by: Bill Muir
Cinematography/Camera: Al Magallon
Music: Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini
Film Editing: Michael Cargile, Bob Arvin
Casting: Beverly Holloway
Art Direction: Darren Brady
Viewed on DVD

This 15.7-minute pocket-sized tidbit of wisdom for children regarding the Gospel and the consequences of sin earned a final score of 59 which is in the range of scores earned by PG-13 feature-length films. For a while the film is packed with adolescent mischief and disobedience to set the stage for the main plot of the story. That compact and dense period of programming applicable to the Impudence/Hate (I) content investigation area is of significant mathematical consequence. Due to the shortness of the film the Impudence/Hate content investigation area score is dragged down to zero with only eight instances of impudent adolescent mischief. Eight instances of ignominious content represents a large chunk of just 15.7 total minutes of programming. The same reasoning holds true for the low scoring but non-zero Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O) content investigation areas.

To help you understand the potential influence and the low scoring of parts of this film, consider the examples per hour. An example per hour figure indicates the number of instances of assault on morality and wholesome ethics should the film be one hour in length. As an example, the Impudence/Hate examples per hour figure is 30.6 per hour. There certainly were not 30.6 instances of impudence and/or hatred in the 15.7 minutes of the film (there were 8) but if the same rate were to happen over an hour there would be 30.6, thus the high influence density relative to the length of the film and the inherent low score. Of significant importance is that a period of concentrated misbehavior over a short period of cinematic time is more negatively influential than the same number of demonstrations of misbehavior over longer periods. See our CAP Rule of 1000 publication for more information.

Young Avery Adamson (Alec Hanna) is a trouble maker and is not afraid to drag others along with him. Young Thomas Cain (Blake Michael Bryan) is as mischievous as Avery and is more than willing to follow Avery into trouble.

On a school field trip at an aerospace museum, Avery and Thomas decide to ditch the group and head out on their own to have fun in the basement of the museum. While evading a Security Officer Avery becomes knocked unconscious. When Avery awakens he and Thomas run into a night janitor who tells the boys everyone has already left. The janitor directs that the boys follow him to the main office. But on the way to the main office the boys are treated to some spiritual awakening. What that awakening is I will not spoil should you decide this film is fit.

On a side note, the filmmakers used a teaching tool for kids I have been using since 1996: The Cross of Jesus is a Bridge Over the Canyon of Siin. If you watch the video see if you can match the image to the right with the same concept in the film.

Beyond the Sky is not a "kids cartoon." It is a short quality production ideally suited for the typical adolescent attention span. It is non-threatening and indeed through-provoking for the typical target age stratum. While it possesses the potential to negatively influence wholesome adolescent decision-making through demonstrating arrogant behavioral devices typically associated with the adolescent, it addresses well the often adolescent-elusive concepts of Creation and Salvation through the Blood of Christ -- an excellent tool to generate opportunity.

I will bring up one more point portrayed in the story. Avery steals a small souvenir pocket flashlight while in the museum but returns it after his Spiritual awakening as he leaves the museum. Note that it is indeed noble to return that which one stole but a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path. I'll let you figure that one out.


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) - 36 out of 100
The only matters that apply to this content investigation area were the shop lifting by Avery, the head injury suffered by Avery and a series of images of horror and chaos.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
A concentration of adolescent mischief dragged this area score to zero due to the shortness of the film: the meanness and name-calling by Avery; the sneaking away from the group and sneaking into the private areas of the museum by both Avery and Thomas; the pestering of the museum guest. A full listing of the content applicable to this investigation area is available in the Findings section. [Prov. 6:16 - 19]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is nothing even remotely associated with sexually immoral behavior or imagery in this film.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No possession or consumption of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco were noted in this film. Nor were there any abuses of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 15 out of 100
Avery and Thomas deny the existence of God and parrot public school teachings that deny Creation. [Isa. 46:9]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides portrayed in this film.



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  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
  • Isa. 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • 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.)

    BEYOND THE SKY ... Walk Over.  It's That Easy (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 36 out of 100
  • shop lifting theft
  • adolescent head injury causing unconsciousness
  • images of horror and chaos

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • adolescent arrogance toward fair authority
  • adolescent meanness toward another adolescent
  • name-calling
  • adolescent mischief - sneaking away from field trip group
  • adolescent mischief - playing on and in museum displays
  • adolescent mischief - pestering a museum guest
  • adolescent mischief - entry into unauthorized area
  • adolescent mischief - running and hiding from Security officer

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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

    Offense to God (O) - 15 out of 100
  • two adolescents saying they do not believe in God
  • two adolescent believing in the big bang theory over Creation

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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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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