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(2003), G
Analysis Date: May 30, 2003
CAP Score: 94 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.11

MinMax: -18

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

(2003), G -- In spite of a few issues...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Andrew Stanton
Producer(s): John Lasseter, Graham Walters
Written by/Screenplay: Andrew Stanton
Visual Effects:: Sam 'Penguin' Black, Damir Frkovic, Andrew Jimenez, Suzanne Slatcher
Music: Thomas Newman
Sound: Mark Eshelman, Jason Lloyd, Stuart McCowan, Adam Michalak, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Rydstrom, Dennis S. Sands, Dee Selby, Pat Weber
Film Editing: David Ian Salter
Production Design: Ralph Eggleston
Animation/Systems Admin: Animation: Brett Coderre, Angus MacLane. Systems Admin: BoB Morgan, Andy Thomas
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6 , Granbury, Texas

After the loss of his entire family consisting of a wife and more than 400 children still in their eggs to the belly of what appeared to be a gar fish or a Moray eel, clownfish Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) has become what some would call over protective of his only remaining son, Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould). But as we are taught by the entertainment industry, all adolescents are defiant in potentially lethal ways. Nemo dares his father and defies his father's protective commands by, among other things, swimming off to a forbidden area where he is caught as game fish by a diver who is also an Australian dentist [Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20; Heb. 13:17]. The writers also have Nemo telling his father "I hate you." [Exod. 20:12; Eph. 6:4; Prov. 20:20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.] Nemo is to become a gift for the dentist's young relative who killed the previous gift fish by shaking it unmercifully while still in the gift bag. Marlin is bound and determined to find his only remaining son. Enlisting the aid of an absent-minded hippotang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), the pair embark on a dangerous and frightful journey of hundreds of miles through treacherous waters to find Nemo.

Along the way, Marlin and Dory meet with several characters. Some good. Some not-so-good. One of the good guys is sea turtle Crush (voice of Andrew Stanton). Crush is the "Whoa, dude" turtle. Of interest is that Stanton is also the director and writer for this film. Some of the bad guys came as a trio. Three vegetarian wannabe sharks, which I believe were Bruce (voice of Barry Humphries), Anchor (voice of Eric Bana) and Chum (voice of Bruce Spence), entertain Marlin and Dory with their self-imposed conversion to no-fish eaters. But the no-fish diet lasts only so long. Once Dory gets hit in the face by Marlin and has what appears to be the equivalent of a nosebleed and once Bruce gets a whiff of the blood, he loses control. But that is enough of the plot.

In spite of a few issues of programming which may be uncomfortable for mom/dad, *Finding Nemo* is a visual delight with great attention to detail in many instances. *Findings Nemo* is bound to be one to be watched more than once by anyone under 13. I will not belabor this Summary /Commentary with any more of the findings. The list is so short hey could all be shown herein in one paragraph.

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  • Eph. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
  • Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
  • Heb. 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you [your parents], and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account [report to God], that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you
  • Eph. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  • Prov. 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp [properly meaning to glisten possibly as in brightness of esteem] shall be put out in obscure darkness [be held vacant of esteem]. [Other verses regarding a child cursing his parents are much more severe.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Finding Nemo (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • attack to eat with a father's loss of his entire family (400+) but one - Nemo (non-graphic)
  • fright factors
  • additional attacks to eat

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • series of posterior references and jokes/comments by young adolescents
  • adolescent defiance
  • "I hate you" from adolescent son to father
  • suggestion of flatulence

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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