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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 10min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Action Films, Bolex Brothers, Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Pathé Renn Productions, Pricel, The Weinstein Company LLC, UK Film Council
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company LLC
Producer(s): Jake Eberts, Cameron McCracken, Laurent Rodon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The MPAA. What were they thinking? In this G-rated Doogal there is impalement murder of a character, many attempted killings, a sword coming within a inch of a character's face, spears and arrows being thrust at characters and more. With a final score of 70, Doogal is undeniably equivalent to "hardcore" PG. And these matters are not to mention all the evil magic and the use of and calling on unholy magic to do good [Isa. 5:20]. Not only did Doogal have a wizard, Zeebad, doing evil with "magic", the film had a wizard, Zebadee, using evil (witchcraft/sorcery/wizardry) to do good, thus serving evil.
First, a short sermon.
About magic. Jesus used "magic." He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, made the lame walk and the blind see with His "magic." Often with a simple thought or word. And He gave His power to mortal men, the disciples in particular. Did He sin in using "magic?" Would the angels have sinned with their "magic" as they caught Jesus if He had taken Satan's dare to jump off the highest pinnacle in Matthew 4:5 and 4:6? Of course not. The issue of the holiness (or unholiness) of "magic" power is not so much the use of it or the user. The issue is the source of the power. And if the source is not God, it is Satan who has such power which is second only to God's power.
God condemns wizardry and all other forms of unholy "magic arts." Revelation 21:8 (KJV) "But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [the NIV calls it "magic arts" which includes witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Such flippant disregard for His Word in and as entertainment which is clearly directed at children is not only a sign of the times [2Tim. 3:1 - 5] and an "exchange [of] the truth of God for a lie" [Rom. 1:25], it is a serious violation of Luke 17:2. Doogal might indeed serve to desensitize the young viewer regarding the Truth and confound his/her Spiritual development.
A word about a "good" wizard. Since God condemns wizardry, there is no such thing as a "good" wizard (or witch or sorcerer, etc.). Though the "good" wizard in the story does what seem to be good and noble things on the surface with his wizardry, it is still wizardry.
The dissonance created here between God's Word condemning wizardry and this film plus many others making wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery, etc. seem a good thing is indeed a hard thing to dissolve, especially for those who don't yet even know how to spell "wizardry." I know some do not believe in God's Word or even God, but disbelief in Him will not make Him go away as we will all witness first-hand just on the other side of our last breath when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. [Rom. 14:11, Phil. 2:10 - 11] I am ready for it. Are you?
End of sermon.
Doogal (voice of Daniel Tay), the shaggy dog has a close friend, Florence (not credited). The pair have been BFF for a very long time. They live in a village in a land of peace and comfort amidst an explosion of color.
All the people of the village live in safety under the watchful eye of the "good" wizard, Zebadee (voice of Ian McKellen) who protects the people from the bad wizard, Zeebad (voice of Jon Stewart).
Each wizard is of quaint construction. Each has only a head, a torso and bounces around on a spring instead of having legs. Zeebad is a dark and faint blue wizard while the "good wizard" is a deep red color. I wonder if there is any connection intended between Zebadee and the other "wizard" of which we are aware that is portrayed typically with dark red skin. As might be typical of evil, since Zeebad thinks he is supreme over Zebadee Zeebad calls himself "Lord of the Springs."
Doogal loves candy. One of his trouble-making escapades was tricking a traveling candy vendor. Doogal left a tack in the road to flatten the tire on the motorized candy cart. Thinking that once the cart was stopped, he could offer to watch the cart and help himself to the goodies while the vendor sought aid. During Doogal's mischief with the candy cart, he messes with things on the motorized cart and wreaks havoc with it.
By his misdeeds, Doogal set into motion a new ice age and a battle between Zebadee and Zeebad. By wrecking the motorized cart, Doogal shatters the top of the town merry-go-round which imprisoned Zeebad.
Once freed, Zeebad begins his quest to conquer the world by freezing it. He starts with the merry-go-round with kids on it. Florence is one of them. Now Doogal realizes he must make atonements and get Florence freed from the icy grip of the evil wizard and return the land to the lush green land it once was.
According to an old legend, three diamonds -- one red, one blue and one yellow -- hidden in the territory around the village are all that will break the evil spell of Zeebad. Doogal sets out to find the three diamonds with his friends: Brian the snail (voice of William H. Macy), Dylan the rock-n-roll rabbit (voice of Jimmy Fallon) and the singing cow Ermintrude (voice of Whoopi Goldberg). Together this rag-tag band of diamond seekers, with the help of a rickety train (voice of Chevy Chase), trek the perils of the surrounding land to find and bring back the three magic diamonds.
The strongest presence in this film is the use of magic to do things. Some good, some bad. There are no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, no sexually oriented programming or images whatsoever. The film is 100% free of any presentation of alcohol or drugs. Violence is indeed graphic at times as described at the beginning of this report.
A few other things. A gas-passing moose (voice of Kevin Smith) aids in directing the band of diamond seekers. Dylan (with some help) does battle with a gaggle of rather menacing skeletons. The murdered character, Soldier Sam (voice of Bill Hader) is resurrected. The diamond seekers risk their lives crossing a flimsy stone bridge across a river of lava far below. A long sequence of "Indiana Jones (tm)" type booby trap peril give the film a rather harsh feel. As the train rattles down tracks in an underground tunnel, the train makes the comment "I'm always getting the shaft" (I wonder how many of our readers know what "getting the shaft" means? ). The train also "toots."
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will present all that was noted.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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(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.|
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