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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 2, 2004
85 out of 100

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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.

(2004), PG -- ... rated PG for a reason. And for reasons.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Will Finn, John Sanford
Producer(s): Alice Dewey
Written by: Will Finn, John Sanford
Music: Alan Menken
Soound: Jim Brookshire, Tim Chau, Diana Flores, Albert Gasser, Randall Guth, Steve Kohler, Chris Pinkston, Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic
Production Dsign: David Cutler
Production Management: Tina M. Pedigo, Berenice Robinson
Visual Effects: Peter DeMund, James DeValera Mansfield, Christian M. Elsensohn
Special Effects: Mauro Maressa
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Even with a huge bad guy telling another character "Don't make me hurt you", being threatened with a hot branding iron, multiple near drownings and a strong presence of violence to get the desired results, Home on the Range earned a position high in the scoring range earned by PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database of movies. It is still a quite violent cartoon, earning a score of 42 in the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area, thus the reason for the red CAPCon Alert light. Though violence is as much a part of our history as apple pie, even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends "Eliminate the use of violence in a comic or sexual context or in any other situation in which the violence is amusing, titillating, or trivialized" [Prov. 3:31-32]

The security of home for show-cow Margaret (the voice of Rosanne Barr) is lost. Her owner's farm fell to foreclosure and Maggie has been taken to another place to live. To Patch of Heaven owned by Pearl. Well! With a name like Patch of Heaven, how bad can her new home be?

The snooty animals at Patch of Heaven make it hard to transition into the new home, but Maggie makes good of it. Maggie devises a plan to prevent Patch of Heaven also falling to foreclosure. Alameda Slim (voice of Randy Quaid) has a price on his head of $750 dollars. The cost of the mortgage is $750. Two plus two equals four. Maggie plans to capture Alameda Slim for the reward to save Pearl's farm. Pearl's two cows, Mrs Calloway (voice of Judi Dench) and Grace (voice of Jennifer Tilly) become unwilling participants in Maggie's plan.

Also drawn into the fray is famous baritone bounty hunter Rico (voice of Charles Dennis) who needs a new horse. Taking the place of Rico's old steed's is hyper-horse Buck (voice of Cuba Gooding Jr.). But Rico is not really a bounty hunter. In this case anyway. You'll see if you watch Home on the Range. Maggie and the bovine belles now have competition for the reward on Alameda Slim's head.

Bad guy Alameda Slim is buying every sliver of land in the region. Patch of Heaven is the last one to escape the Alameda axe. But his money is ill-gotten from cattle rustling. [Hab. 2:9] Ole Slim can woo moo-cows with his warbling yodel which proves very useful in cattle rustling.

The plot is formula and needs little discussion but the array of vocal talents is respectable. In addition to those already mentioned, Steve Buscemi gives voice to Mr. Wesley, one of Alameda Slim's associates in crime. Charles Haid is Lucky Jack, a Texas hare that befriends the gals in their quest for justice.

While a generally comfortable experience, Home on the Range is rated PG for a reason. And for reasons. One of which is the udderly suggestive comment by Maggie about her udders when she says "Yeah, they're real. Quit starring." Granted, most young and very young kids won't have the slightest idea about the female anatomy inference, but such a comment in a kid's show sounds like the "You'll thank me when you're older" attempt to introduce vulgarity before someone else gets to it.

And there is booze and bar scenes in this kids' show. While bar room brawls, whiskey and beer are almost as much of an icon of the old west as a cowboy (thanks to entertainment), there is too much evidence that booze in entertainment can lead to abuse of it to ignore it. If booze in entertainment is not a risk, why then have the booze and cigaette commercials been taken off prime time TV?

One character shoves burning wood into his mouth. And vengeance is a strong presence in the film [Rom. 12:19]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section should be considered before deciding whether to take your tykes to see the film.

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  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • 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.
  • 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.

    ***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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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.

    Home on the Range (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • action violence, repeatedly (e.g., fighting, beating, perils)
  • threat with a hot branding iron
  • character sticking burning wood into his mouth
  • theft
  • "Don't make me hurt you"
  • flooding peril with near drowning

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • reference to urination in song
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • "Yeah, they're real. Quite starring."

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)
  • "fools" [Matt. 5:22]
  • seeking revenge

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    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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