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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Doug's 1st Movie (1999), G
CAP Score: 95, CAP ID: 0.10

Thomas A. Carder
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"Doug's First Movie" -- just a little questionable programming. It is my great pleasure to announce this is the first movie to warrant a CAP "Green Light" since the inception of the CAP Alert several months ago. A CAP Green Light indicates each of the six CAP Investigation Areas returned a score within the scoring range earned by G-rated movies of 1995/96.

Please remember that the only way the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model (the CAP Model) will work on cartoon features is to assume that if the behavior of a cartoon character can be duplicated by a human child then the cartoon behavior is to be considered of equal influence to when the same behavior is observed in a human actor/actress. With that in mind...

"Doug's First Movie" had Doug and anther boy traipsing through a forest after dark without any adult protection -- definitely something I would not want any human children to mimic. And, as usual for contemporary cartoons, underwear was exposed. At least that was all that was exposed [(ref: "The Simpsons"(tm) which has presented full nudity, and "King of the Hill"(tm) which presented four adult men holding a hat over their privates]. One extremely common thread in nearly ALL entertainment media was adolescent arrogance toward a father's rightful dominion.

I was quite dismayed at one sequence which had an adolescent boy saying "Sure enough, babe. Now kiss me." who then got up and forced himself on the girl. And as many of us have seen in elementary schools, the "peace" symbol (a variation of the Greek lambda character inside a circle) was worn by one of the characters. Understand that while the lambda character inside a circle is a "universal" symbol for peace started with the hippies of the 60s and 70s, Satanists use it also as a symbol to depict the Cross as broken and pointing downward. See Back to School Special.

The only other issues for your attention included an adult of dark character threatening adolescents and a whiskey bottle with shot glasses in a limousine. Why was it necessary to draw this in the movie?

FINDINGS / SCORING: Doug's 1st Movie (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • adolescents in a forest with no adult protection
  • an adult threatening adolescents

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • adolescent arrogance against a father's dominion

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adolescent underwear
  • introduction to adult sexual advance

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • a whiskey bottle with shot glasses in a limousine

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • a Satanic symbol

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • None noted

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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