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(2001), NR
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 30, 2004
93 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.

(2001), NR --... an excellent discussion platform ...

Production (US): Big Idea Productions
Distribution (US): Lyrick Studios
Director(s): Tim Hodge, Eric Metaxaz, Mark Vulcano
Producer(s): Jennifer Combs, Phil Vischer
Written by: Phil Visher, Mike Nawrocki
Score: Kurt Heinecke
Film Editing: John Waba
Art Direction: Joseph Sapulich
Viewed on: Lyrick Studios VHS

At the suggestion of one of our donors, the CAP Ministry will be conducting analysis of all available VeggieTales videos of Big Idea Productions. This analysis is the first in the project to provide you with our analyses of all VeggieTales videos. Analysis of Big Ideas' movie, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is already online. If Big Idea agrees, I will also provide you with pre-release analyses of their new videos and movies. At the end of this project I will prepare an at-a-glance composite showing the CAP Thermometers for each VeggieTales video/movie analyzed for your comparison. For more information and to purchase any of the VeggieTales videos and many other Big Idea products, please go to their website. (At the time of this report, the CAP Ministry receives no money or other gratuity from Big Idea as a result of this project.)

As a reminder for our readers and visitors, the CAP analysis model treats any animated behaviors as though they are as influential as the same behaviors demonstrated by live actors and actresses as long as the noted animated behavior can be reasonably duplicated by or subjected to a child.

The VeggieTales cast portray a theme of sharing [Heb 13:16] in Lyle the Kindly Viking. "When we share we get our share of friends."

This 33-minute video presents a "trilogy" of stories, each to provide a different perspective of sharing. Bob the tomato (voice of Phil Vischer) and Larry the cucumber (voice of Mike Nawrocki) introduce the theme of sharing. Archibald the asparagus (voice of Phil Vischer) argues that VeggieTales needs some culture and wins them over to produce Shakespeare's Omelet, a musical in Classy Songs with Larry, and high seas Norse musical adventure in Lyle the Kindly Viking.

The first of three stories is a musical styled after Shakespeare's Hamlet renamed Omelet by Gilbert and Sullivan. That is Gilbert Jones and Sullivan O'Kelly. The story is about Prince Omelet having plenty of eggs while the rest of Denmark starves.

The second story is a musical of classic song to nurture the idea of sharing by making possessiveness and bragging unfruitful.

The third and title story is about a young reluctant Viking warrior, Lyle (voice of Lisa Vischer). Lyle is reluctant because he does not embrace the Viking lifestyle of pillaging and plundering for sustenance. Each time the Vikings go out to pillage and plunder, they give Lyle a tiny share of the booty simply because he is a Viking. But Lyle gives his share of the ill-gotten gain back to the victims. As is often inherent with story telling, violence becomes part of the story. When the lead Viking, Olaf (voice of Phil Vischer) discovered that Lyle gives his share back, Olaf threatens Lyle by casting him adrift in a stormy sea with no oars. Note that the source of the things Lyle shared is bounty from theft [Hab. 2:9]. That might take a little explaining from you, mom/dad even though the writers did include s short monologue to clearly calling it stealing.

One of the good morals presented in the title story besides how God wants us to share is to love your enemies and do good to them even if they have been mean to you. [Matt. 5:44] And it takes a boy to show the men how it's done. How that is presented I will leave to your discovery.

Following is a note on violence in children's stories, however slight the violence may be in Lyle the Kindly Viking. The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and others jointly warn that:

  • Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
  • Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
  • Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
  • Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.

    Granted, the violence in this short video is not nearly as graphic or extreme as most modern films which are the main cause of the findings above, but the video still gives a whisper of a message that doing violence to someone is a means of settling dispute [Prov. 3:31-32]. And however small the violence in Lyle the Kindly Viking might be, it is another piece of it.

    This video earned a final score of 93 which falls squarely in the range of scores earned by G-rated movies in the comparative baseline database (87 to 100 out of 100). While each of four of the six CAP investigation areas revealed this video to earn a score of 100 out of 100, the Wanton Violence/Crime and Impudence/Hate investigation area scores each earned a score of 80 which requires the display of the yellow CAPCon Alert light.

    Still, Lyle the Kindly Viking offers an excellent discussion platform for teaching God's desire for us to share.

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  • Heb. 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (NIV) And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
  • 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. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests [the chosen behaviors of] a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.

    ***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.

    VEGGIETALES: Lyle the Kindly Viking (2001) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • intimidation by the bad of the good to do bad
  • character cast adrift at sea to "punish"

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • the Viking lifestyle presented for the most part as attractive and desirable
  • lying to distract attention

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    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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