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(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:
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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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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