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(2006), PG ["Very Lite" PG*] (1hr 35min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 17, 2006
86 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2006), PG ["Very Lite" PG*] -- A lot could be implied or drawn from what this film has to say...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Kingdom Feature Productions, Kennedy Miller Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Entertainment
Director(s): George Miller
Producer(s): Matthew Ferro, Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Martin Wood
Written by: Warren Coleman, John Collee, George Miller, Judy Morris
Music: John Powell, Jamal-Ski
Production Design: Mark Sexton
Art Direction: David Nelson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

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A lot could be implied or drawn from what this film has to say, depending on your level of experiential maturity. One might take from Happy Feet  that once one discovers who one is to nurture it ... no matter whether it flies in the face of the norm or parental wishes. But is it not true that who we are and what we do are two separate entities: that who we are does not dictate what we do; that who we are is not a choice while what we do is? Indeed, I have always believed that every single non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions. No debate.

One might also take from this film promotion of arrogance, rebellion and defiance of the norm or of authority in general, even if it costs him his place in the "family." But on a more positive note, one might view this film as an expression of not letting one's limitations hinder other talents and skills: to accept the absence of one skill while refining and nurturing others to excellence.

The newborn son, Mumble (voice of Elijah Wood), of Memphis (voice of Hugh Jackman) and Norma Jean (voice of Nicole Kidman) who were brought together by song, could not sing. To sing is the way of the penguin. To not be able to sing was as welcome as a disease.

Mumble was the only one of the thousands of tuxedo-clad birds who could not sing. Mumble could dance like Fred Astair but just could not sing. Every time he tried to sing, his voice would scratch like fingernails on a chalkboard and would be better as a foghorn at sea ... f-a-r out at sea ... than a singer.

Everyone was intolerant of Mumble because he was different. He was abnormal. Memphis even tried to blame himself since he dropped the egg with Mumble in it. Many tried to change him into a singer but his mind was made up. Try as hard as he might, Mumble could not sing. Thus he resolved to accept what he perceived to be the way he was, even if it meant he had no chance to win the love of the beautiful singer, Gloria (Brittany Murphy), just like his father won the love of his mother.

Forlorn and rejected, Mumble leaves the security of the flock. As many tale will lead, Mumble ends up getting involved with Ramone (Robin Williams) and his "kind" of smaller penguins who are accepting and encouraging of Mumble's difference.

Mumble's quest changes to finding out why the fish have become so scarce as to threaten the very existence of every penguin on the bottom of the world. In his new quest Mumble meets the mystic shaman, Lovelace (also Robin Williams) who, amongst a flurry of sexual innuendo, advises that aliens are the cause of the fish loss.

Now Mumble starts a trek to far off territory to find the aliens and talk them into stopping whatever it is they are doing to scare the fish off.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The most graphic of the violence content of Happy Feet  are a number of events of other animals threatening to kill and eat Mumble. Storm peril, action violence and a couple other matters of violence are the cause of the largest point loss across these six CAP investigation areas: W, I, S, D, O and M. It has been discovered that viewing violence in and as entertainment can and does cause the impressionable viewer to think of the world as darker (see Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit). And strange it is that man would agree with God [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 16:29].

Impudence/Hate (I)
Matters of impudence are limited to conceit and flatulence. Maybe someday Hollywood writers will be able to write a good kid's show without flatulence. While to many such behavior is indeed humorous, the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there advises that coarse humor is out of place [Eph. 5:4]. But lo and behold, not one single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary was noted.

Sexual Immorality (S)
Sexually oriented programming includes a number of the songs the penguins sing including such wording as "I just need your body from dusk to dawn" and "I just need your body baby." This investigation area also found two instances of a smaller penguin making what could be viewed as doglike mating motions on the leg of a larger penguin, both male. Remember folks, this is a PG film and it is not free of ignominy. However, light or subliminal the suggestion might be, it implants yet more exposure to it thus desensitizing us to it. Little by little. Younger and younger. [Luke 17:2]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Nothing was found having anything to do with illegal drugs, smoking, drinking or prescription drug abuse.

Offense to God (O)
While many believe calling someone a fool is acceptable, Jesus disagrees. [Matt. 5:22] At least six times someone is called a fool in Happy Feet. And the mystic worship was expensive to the scoring in this investigation area. [Deut. 5:7]

Murder/Suicide (M)
No murders or suicides were noted in the entire 97-minute film.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 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 [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [sunedrion: adjudication]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Deut. 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

    ***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 and present it 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, submit to 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.)

    Happy Feet (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat of being eaten alive
  • somewhat graphic animal attack, repeatedly
  • action violence sequences, repeatedly
  • slap to the face
  • storm peril

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • conceit
  • flatulence

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • phrases such as "I just need your body from dusk 'til dawn", "I just need your body, baby" in song, repeatedly
  • lite sexual innuendo but sexual nonetheless
  • sequence of comments/expressions which include light sexual orientation
  • twice a smaller penguin is seen making what could be viewed as doglike mating motions on the leg of a larger penguin, both male
  • cleverly masked overtones and phrases made well known by protagonists of the homosexual movement

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • numerous uses of "Fool" [Matt. 5:22]
  • mockery of faith and Biblical discipline, repeatedly
  • mystic worship

    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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