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The Emperor's New Groove (2000), (G)
CAP Score: 89
CAP Influence Density: 0.21

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NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

"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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year 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.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (G) -- there are some possible lesson-building tools, but that is not my call -- it is yours.

Before I get into the facts about The Emperor's New Groove let me break with policy again and answer a question I've been asked a thousand times if once: "Which movies do you LIKE?" Well, I liked this movie! There are some possible lesson-building tools in it, but that is not my call -- it is yours. YOU, the parent/grandparent decide what is right for your kids, not me. I just give you Rock-solid tools to help you make an informed decsion for yourself whether a movie is or is not fit for your kids or yourself. I say "Rock-solid" because the teachings and expectations of Jesus -- which form our investigation standards -- never change [Heb. 13:8]. They are NOT influenced by the slippery worldview ethic [Acts 20:30]. And that is why a CAP analysis of 1995 will be as reliable as this one and one calculated in 2010 and beyond.

I am not going to discuss the plot of this movie to ensure I do not spoil a possibly enjoyable experience with your kids. All I will give you in this analysis report is the findings. Arrrgh! I gotta tell you a little! Just let me tell you that the snobby and profoundly arrogant emperor who, in the commercials, may seem like the type of character to which you do NOT want your young adolescents exposed, gets his comeupance though a carefully constructed series of fantasy events that, in some ways, can be used as teaching templates. There are several quality moments in this 73-minute Disney flick (Surprised? I am.). If you watch this movie, see if you can find the capitalization on script from The Wizard of Oz and The Fly (original). Any of us who have suffered through the joy [Ps. 127:3] of raising two or more children through adolescence will appreciate some delightful reproductions of a few of the moments we have faced which give meaning to a lighter perspective of Prov. 22:15.

And I was moved almost to tears by the laughter and joy expressed by the throngs of young children in the auditorium. They were laughing from the heart, not at somebody losing his pants or getting hit in the crotch or adolescent snip talk or other similar vulgarities, but at honest and relatively wholesome fun. Thank you, Disney. You did good ... this time. It is, however, a bitter pill to swallow knowing you have done things like Kids, Chasing Amy, and Pulp Fiction [Hebr. 5:14].

There are also some matters in The Emperor's New Groove that may be of concern to parents and grandparents. An old man who broke the emperor's groove (his rhythm) was thrown out an high-altitude window. Some evil magic was used to transform, and it was NOT Marry Poppins style magic. There was the showing of meanness to kindness [Ps. 35:12] with revenge on the meanness [Rom. 12:19, 1Pet. 3:9] and deceit plus lies [Prov. 12:5]. An episode of verbal battle between a "good conscience" critter and an "evil conscience" critter on either shoulder of the stooge of the evil advisor of the emperor (the "witch") made the evil conscience sound rather attractive and logical [Isa. 5:20]. And two expressions were a little extreme in delivery as well as intent: "You fool" [Matt. 5:22] and "I'm going to kill you."


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
  • Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
  • Ps. 127:3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;...
  • Hebr. 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. COMMENT: How can we be assured of goodness from ones who have profited so from evil in recent years? Keep your eyes open regarding contemporary Disney.
  • Ps. 35:12 They (ruthless people) repay me evil for good and leave my soul forlorn.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • 1Pet. 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
  • Prov. 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: The Emperor's New Groove (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • an old man thrown out an high altitude window
  • attempted murder
  • great falls with no consequences
  • strike to head resulting in unconsciousness
  • "I'm going to kill you."

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • nearly continuous attitude of arrogance and superiority
  • lies
  • meanness for kindness and revenge on the meanness
  • deceit

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • innuendo

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • magic for evil purposes
  • portraying evil conscience as desirable and attractive in purpose
  • "You fool"

    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 in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

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

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