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(2006), G ["Hard" G*] (1hr 55min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): John Lasseter
Producer(s): Darla K. Anderson
Screenplay by: Robert L. Baird, Dan Fogelman, Dan Gerson, Philip Loren, Kiel Murray
Story by: Jorgen Klubien, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
Music: Bruno Coon, Randy Newman
Film Editing: Ken Schretzmann
Art: H.B. 'Buck' Lewis, Gary Schultz
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I viewed a screening of Cars last night, June 8, 2006 and was able to finish the number crunching and provided the following (corrected) short advance scoring report to our distribution list about 3:30 AM this morning, June 9, 2006, before the first showing.
After the grueling Piston Cup Trophy race in the Dinoco 400 at the Motor Speedway of the South that ended in a three-way tie, the Racing Sports Network announces that rookie co-winner Number 95, Lightning McQueen and the other two cars (one was the conceited Chick Hicks, the voice of Michael Keaton) must compete in a three-car race-off at the Los Angeles International Speedway in one week. This is McQueen's big chance to get into the ranks of the great race cars like Hudson Hornet by being the first rookie ever to win the Piston Cup Trophy.
On his way to LA in Mack, (voice of John Ratzenberger) the 18-wheel truck dedicated to transporting him, McQueen becomes separated from Mack by the highway harassment of some roadway ruffians. Originally bound for LA on Interstate 40, McQueen gets turned around by mistaken identity and ends up on US Route 66, the now-famous road story route from Illinois to California.
Becoming more and more lost McQueen ends up in the town of Radiator Springs in Carburetor County, home of Flo's V-8 Cafe, the Cozy Cone Motel with cottages shaped like traffic cones and the once-teeming but now deserted Wheel Well Motor Court. All the once busy and famous stops on Route 66 in Radiator Springs and Radiator Springs itself have become nearly a ghost town due to Interstate 40 bypassing Radiator Springs forty years ago to save 10 minutes of travel time. If you watch this movie you'll appreciate the ingenuity of the writers in inventing so many clever car-related phrases and terms.
McQueen is frantic to find Mack. Racing through the countryside, McQueen becomes entangled in wires of a barbed wire fence. Due to a Rube Goldberg episode of slapstick violence McQueen drags a statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs through the town, tearing up the pavement of the main street through the middle of the town. The Sheriff (voice of Michael Walls) has Mater bring McQueen before the Judge.
After a kangaroo court session with Judge Doc Hudson (voice of Paul Newman) -- look for "Hudson Hornet" if you watch this film -- and prosecutor Sally Carrera (voice of Bonnie Hunt), McQueen is sentenced to repair the city street by pulling Bessie, the street paving machine behind him. This task should take about five days. But McQueen has only six days left to get to LA.
Since this report is being prepared on opening day I am not going to go into any further detail about the plot and story in order not to spoil the film for you should you decide this film is fit for your family. But I will tell you the things for which you likely came to our site. Ka-chow!
Please note that the CAP Analysis Model treats animated behavior that can be reasonably duplicated by or subjected to a child as equally influential as a live actor/actress performing the noted behavior(s).
The Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area found reckless taking of chances by a personified character which might influence a child's coping skills and behavior choices [Prov. 3:21, Titus 2:7]. Likewise the illegal flight from police to avoid lawful detainment was incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area scoring. [Eccl. 8:11]
The largest scoring loss (41 points our of 100) was due to the film's content revealed by the Impudence/Hate investigation area. Such matters as two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], conceit [1Tim. 6:3 - 4], disrespect because of age [1 Peter 5:5, 1Tim. 4:12], unsportsmanlike conduct, flatulence [Eph. 5:4] and taunting of another to do mischief [Prov. 10:23] were expensive to the starting 100 points in the Impudence/Hate investigation area.
Note also that any example of onscreen behavior/speech/imagery warranting point loss under the procedures of the CAP Analysis Model may be incorporated into the scoring through one and only one of the six CAP investigation areas. For example, the issues of unsportsmanlike conduct that resulted in loss/damage could be incorporated into either the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area OR the Impudence/Hate investigation area. Not both. Duplication is thus prevented and manipulation of the scoring through duplication is not possible.
The Sexual Immorality investigation area found a number of crude and coarse innuendo and/or comments. For example, dotting the script are a tattoo sensuously placed on a female character, "I'd give my left two lug nuts..." [2Tim. 2:16] and a male car raising its rear end so a female car would look under it. [again Eph. 5:4]
The Drugs/Alcohol investigation area found nothing as did the Murder/Suicide investigation area. However, the Offense to God investigation area found one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
The full listing of issues of moral assault is available in the Findings/Scoring section. Please take the time to look it over before you decide whether this film is fit for your family.
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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.
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.|
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