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(2002), NR [G*] (27.2-min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 6, 2004
100 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2002), NR [G*] -- ... an "egg-citing" expectament ...

Production (US): One Reel Vision
Distribution (US): CNI Distribution
Created by: William Kelly, Kevin S. Kish
Produced by: William Kelly
Executive producer(s): Lawrence McGean, Linda McGean
Written & directed by: Kevin S. Kish
Photography by: Peter Wiltshire
Music by: Dave Burden
Marketing: Willow Creek Marketing
Viewed on: CNI Home Video

Of the more than 1000 films we have analyzed only three other films have earned the highest possible CAP final score of 100. Grandpa Friendly's Workshop: Making Friends is the fourth. Out of more than 1000.

Grandpa Friendly's Workshop is perfectly suited to the preschool and early elementary age stratum. It speaks not at the target audience but to it in age-appropriate communication. Seldom should the parent need to explain a word. The expressions and mannerisms used should fit the expected experiential maturity of the target audience. Those that might yet be outside of your child's understanding should provide an opportunity for your child to learn and expand his/her expressional communication.

The story opens with a few moments of lively song and animation of an average neighborhood. At the workshop of James Thomas Friendly, a.k.a. Grandpa Friendly (James Colbert), Yeti bear Vern (voice of Byron Morton) helps welcome the audience. Grandpa Friendly explains how he came by the nickname "Grandpa Friendly." Soon another Yeti bear named Sarah (voice of Marlene Morton) arrives while Grandpa Friendly prepares to test his repairs on a toy locomotive that carries a surprise for Vern and Sarah.

While waiting for Grandpa Friendly to start the test of the train, the mechanical cuckoo clock bird Godo (voice of Christine Cseh) appears with the chime of the clock. Vern dons a protective helmet because Godo is not that skilled at flying.

Next, by Internet, the trio visit Professor Sciencestein (voice of Byron Morton) with a pesky tail as he demonstrates an "egg-citing" expectament ... err ... an experiment with an egg.

There is more to the 27.2 minute video such as an animated tale of friendship between Harry the dog (voice of Karlo Locatelli) and Crystal the cat (voice of Linda McGean). Indeed, the theme of the entire production is friendship. Its base Bible verse is Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times..."

A number of friendships are demonstrated as the characters portray the joy of friendship with people who will "be there when you need a hug." Grandpa Friendly's Workshop: Making Friends should make a worthy addition to your video library for your kids.

An Internet search on "Grandpa Friendly's Workshop: Making Friends" will return many Internet sites where the video is listed.

The video includes a trailer of another video I have had the pleasure to have analyzed for Willow Marketing, the feature-length Home Beyond the Sun, an exceptionally poignant story of the horrors of a Chinese girl being adopted by an American family to give her a Home Beyond the Sun.


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  • Prov. 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Grandpa Friendly's Workshop: Making Friends (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • none noted

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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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