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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 14min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks SKG
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
Producer(s): Bonnie Arnold, Ellen Coss, Jim Cox, Christian Kubsch
Screenplay: Len Blum, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Karey Kirkpatrick
Characters: Michael Fry, T. Lewis
Music: Ben Folds, Rupert Gregson-Williams
Costume Design by: Jane Poole
Production Design: Kathy Altieri
Art Direction: Max Boas, Bethany Wilksen
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
RJ Raccoon (voice of Bruce Willis) is hungry. So hungry he tires to steal a bag of chips from a vending machine. Failing to get the chips RJ resorts to stealing the goodie stash from a hibernating grizzly bear named Vincent (voice of Nick Nolte), loading them all on to a little red wagon that also belonged to Vincent.
On being woke up by the noise of the thieving, Vincent tries to catch and eat RJ. During the melee, the little red wagon of goodies rolls down a hill into the path of a semi truck Now the goodies are really gone.
By slick talk RJ convinces Vincent to not eat him: that he can replace all the goodies. Vincent agrees to not eat RJ until the next full moon, about one week when Vincent finishes his hibernation, at which time if the goodies are not replaced that he will hunt RJ down and kill him.
RJ resorts to underhandedness and recruits the help of a bunch of forest critters to help him pilfer goodies from the humans in the suburb of El Rancho Camelot. El Rancho sprouted up during the hibernation of the critters. All that is left of their forest is a small patch in the middle of the housing jungle.
Their small patch of forest is surrounded by Steve. Steve is a hedge. They call it Steve because none of the critters know what it is. All the animals are afraid of Steve but RJ knows the treasures on the other side ... in suburbia. Treasures he must get or be killed by Vincent. All honor and integrity are forgotten by RJ as he clambers to save his own life.
RJ is worldly and knows how to get food from humans. So RJ uses trickery to convince the critters to help him steal food from the humans. That way, RJ can use the animals to replace the Bear's goodies and save his own skin.
In the end, RJ realizes the value of "family" and mends his ways. While this is certainly a good moral, a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.
The critters are initially led by Verne the turtle (voice of Garry Shandling). Among the "family" of forest critters are Hamilton "Hammy" Squirrel (Steve Carell), Lou and Penny Opossum (voices of Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara), Stella the skunk and Ozzie (voices of Wanda Sykes and William Shatner). While each animal provides key connectivity with the plot and story, some do it in a less than noble way.
Among the issues of assault on morality include several threats to kill and theft as if theft is a way of life. While there are no clearly spoken uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, RJ says, for example, "You said a word yesterday. It starts with 'F'" and "Give your privates a good licking. They love it." Hammy squirrel gets into the innuendo act with "You wanna help me find my nuts?" [Matt. 25:40, Eph. 5:4]
Please consider inspecting closely the listing of other findings in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide for what age stratum this film is (or is not) fit.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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