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(2008), PG [PG*] (1hr 23min)

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November 29, 2008

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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.

(2008), PG [PG*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images (PDI)
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Home Entertainment
Director(s): Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Producer(s): Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Melissa Cobb, Kristina Reed
Screenplay: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Story: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
Cinematography/Camera: Yong Duk Jhun
Music: John Powell, Hans Zimmer
Film Editing: Clare De Chenu (as Clare Knight)
Production Design: Raymond Zibach
Art Direction: Tang Kheng Heng
Viewed on DreamWorks Home Entertainment DVD

The quintessential character, Po Panda (voice of Jack Black) -- the "role model" center of the story -- lies. I guess a role model lying makes it okay to lie? In a pig's eye. Especially to one's father since Po lied to his father so easily and without apparent consequence. Po had a dream about Kung Fu but Po tells his father it was a noodle dream -- something the father has been waiting for years to happen. While jumping up and down with glee the father spoke of the dream as if it were a nocturnal emission dream: "Oh, happy day. My son finally having the noodle dream! You don't know how long I've been waiting for this moment!"

Po further denies having dropped something by saying someone dropped it after he dropped it. To my knowledge God has not made lying, any kind of lying, okay. Ever. He is rather stern about lying since He warns that all [unforgiven] liars will not make it to Heaven. And He isn't joking. He won't say at the Judgment Throne "Just kidding!" [Rev. 21:8] Yet we feed to our kids that some lies are okay when demonstrated in and as entertainment ... which is one of the most powerful influences on the planet. Indelibly. How many of you parents who have seen Old Yeller remember what Travis did when Old Yeller contracted rabies?

Po (voice of Jack Black) dreams of becoming a kung fu expert. But alas, he is the son of a noodle-maker. As he sneaks to watch a kung fu extravaganza in which the next Dragon Warrior will be chosen, a series of slapstick violence events hurl him into the middle of the fray. Kung fu master Oogway (voice of Randall Duk Kim) takes the violent intrusion of Po as a sign and declares Po the next Dragon Warrior to protect the Valley of Peace. The previous Dragon Warrior, Tai Lung (voice of Ian McShane) was a star pupil of Master Shifu (voice of Dustin Hoffman) until Lung went bad and was condemned to prison.

Much to the chagrin of Master Shifu, by the dictate of master Oogway Shifu must now train and condition Po to be the next Dragon Warrior. Shifu was not happy about the next Dragon Warrior being a fat panda. Neither were the Furious Five: Tigris (voice of Angelina Jolie); Monkey (voice of Jackie Chan); Crane (voice of David Cross); Mantis (voice of Seth Rogen); Viper (voice of Lucy Liu). Shifu and the Furious Five all thought Tigris would be the next Dragon Warrior.

After a long sequence of rigorous training and conditioning, Panda emerges as the new Dragon Warrior.

Without knowing it, among all the kung fu-sounding phrases and quips the writers brought out a tenet of God: that each breath, each step, each thought is a gift. But in this case, "Today is a gift. This is why it is called 'present'."

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - zero out of 100
The CAP Analysis Model treats animated/game violence as influential as live actor violence. The Internet is filled with reports of older kids killing younger kids with "moves" learned from marital arts media. Power Rangers(tm), Mortal Kombat(tm) and other entertainment media are accused of being the influence that led to the older kids killing younger kids with "moves" learned in the media. With this in mind you may understand how the CAP Analysis Model found enough demonstrations of kung fu and other violence to be "big picture" equivalent to the level of violence in many R-rated films, including slo-mo flesh/body distortion associated with violence against a victim. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 68 out of 100
This investigation area found content to include not only several lies [Prov. 19:5, Ps. 101:7, 2 Tim. 2:16] but body exudates humor. [Eph. 5:4] Also presented for the target audience were hatred of self and willingness to be killed to "pay for mistake." Those last two issues of assault on morality and wholesomeness are prime examples of stealing childhood from children. Only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary was noted.

A note about the Bible's contradiction with hating one's self. The phrase "Love thy neighbor as thyself" appears at least nine times in the KJV. One cannot love his/her neighbor as thyself unless one loves him/her self.]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
The only instances of content found that were applicable to this investigation area were the innuendo about nocturnal emission and a crotch hit.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There was nothing noted that expressed the use of illegal drugs, of alcohol, abuse of prescription drugs or smoking.

Offense to God (O) - 84 out of 100
The only content found in this area were the "had a vision", unholy control of the elements, unholy transfiguration and the yin-yang. Though the yin-yang is widely used in the martial arts field, it is also used by some for evil purposes such as representing opposition to God and His Word.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides were noted.

Please note that always the individual investigation area discussions are just summaries. the full accounting of the content of a film is found in the Findings/Scoring section.


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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, no matter how "small" it might seem, and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Ps. 101:7 No one [unforgiven] who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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.)

    Kung Fu Panda (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - SCORE out of 100
  • bully theft
  • martial arts action violence of varying intensities, frequent
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • scary images
  • great falls
  • blades to control
  • martial arts demonstration violence
  • martial arts training violence, repeatedly
  • attempted killing with spears, arrows and blades, repeatedly
  • multiple killings by explosion
  • acupuncture as instrument of pain

    Impudence/Hate (I) - SCORE out of 100
  • lying, repeatedly
  • anal/posterior/flatulence humor
  • body exudates humor
  • hatred of self
  • willingness to be killed to "pay for mistake"

    Sexual Immorality (S) - SCORE out of 100
  • innuendo re: nocturnal emissions
  • crotch hit

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - SCORE out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - SCORE out of 100
  • having a vision not for God's glory
  • unholy control of the elements
  • unholy transfiguration
  • yin-yang

    Murder/Suicide (M) - SCORE out of 100
  • 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 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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