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(2003), PG

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 28 2003
67 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.

(2003), PG -- ... an influence does not have to be real to influence.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Revolution Studios, Red Wagon Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): P.J. Hogan
Producer(s): Gary Adelson, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Craig Baumgarten, Gloria S. Borders, Lucy Fisher, Stephen Jones, Gail Lyon, Patrick McCormick, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Charles Newirth, Peter M. Tobyansen, Douglas Wick
Written by; J. M. Barrrie
Screenplay: P.J. Hogan, Michael Goldenberg
Cinematography/Camera: Donald McAlpine
Music: Coldplay (song "Clocks"), James Newton Howard, Chris Martin
Film Editing: Garth Craven, Michael Kahn, Paul Rubell
Casting: Kerry Barden, Deborah Maxwell Dion, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith
Production Design: Roger Ford
Art Direction: Michelle McGahey
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

This one is going to be hard to accept.

This adaptation of Scotland's James Edward Barrie's original "Peter Pan" opens in the Darling house with 13-year old Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and younger brothers John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell) in their common nursery while Wendy told tales of killing and gore, longing to be a writer of pirate tales. Mr. George Darling (Jason Isaacs - also Captain Hook) was a bank teller in a life of control, order and discipline with his agreeable and seemingly docile wife (Olivia Williams). I wonder if Isaacs being both the good-guy father and bad-guy Hook is a projection of adolescent hatred of authority? Mr. Darling seemed to be a milquetoast sort of man with no courage to approach the bank president for an advancement in career while Hook presented no restraint or control. Neither showed courage or fortitude until the end when Mr. Darling came out of his shell.

As Wendy arrogantly and with a sense of "you'll thank me when you're older" naughtiness told her younger brothers tales of swashbuckling murder and mayhem, fourteen year old Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) swooshed up to the nursery window to hear Wendy tell the tales that touched his desires to have a mother to tell him bedtime stories. Peter invaded the nursery as he had apparently done several times before but this time was caught by Nana who ripped Pan's shadow from him. After a melee of catching Peter's shadow and Wendy sewing it back on, Peter led the youthful clan into the wild blue yonder evening skies to his home, the island of Neverland.

There is little benefit in discussing the plot and story of the tale since anyone who has been a child has probably heard it time and time again. It is the same story. If you wish to read the original story, it is available online at the Online Literature Library.

... however....

Daring and dastardly deeds are sensationalized well outside the scope of the Disney animated version of this classic. Note that this version of Peter Pan) is reportedly not an adaptation of Disney's animatd version but is fairly true to Barrie's original work. Adolescent sexual awakening is not ignored as Wood and Sumpter share a gentle but passionate kiss and as a romantic fairy dance enthrall them both. Neither are the murderous aspects of piracy and pirates ignored. [Ps. 12:8] Indeed, that which once was family fantasy fare for all has become what might be family fear for some. Modern technology pumps up and magnifies Disney's mild violence to an all-time high for a childhood fantasy with which we all grew up.

GREAT SCOTT! Gunfire to kill children! Cannon fire to kill children! Murder by impalement! Murder by gunfire! Attempted murder of children by drowning! Attempted murder of children by sword! Attempted murder by poisoning! Suicide to save! Choking a young girl! Arrow impalement of a child! Horrible threats and endangerment of children! By raw numbers (see CAP Rule of 1000), Peter Pan [2003] was most certainly as violent and invasive as some R-rated movies. [Eph. 4:2; Ps. 5:4; Prov. 3:31-32]

Hook murdered one of his crew by ripping the crewman's guts with his hook simply because of the crewman's stupidity. While blood and penetration of Hook's hook are not seen, there is no doubt about what Hook did to the crewman. In another instance, Hook shoots another of his crewmen with the impact of the projectile visible while the victim looks at the entry wound then collapses. Hook also tries to choke Wendy. In a sword fight, two men are visibly impaled with swords. And these instances of violence are just a few.

Peter Pan [2003] earned a final score of 67 which places it at the very top of the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database of movies (67 to 55 out of 100), one point below the bottom of the scoring cell for PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100). However, the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area score was zero! And the Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area score was 57!

So, this tale of frolicking among the clouds is not as bright and airy as the advertisement and promotions would have you to believe. Though this is all fantasy, maybe the listing in the Findings/Scoring section will help you realize an influence does not have to be real to influence.

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  • Eph. 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  • Ps. 5:4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.
  • 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.

    ***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.

    Peter Pan (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • child telling tales of slashing bellies and other gore
  • injury from trying to fly
  • child theft of a man's hat
  • child stepping off balcony to fly
  • gunfire/canon fire, repeatedly, many to kill children
  • threat to eyes of a child with a hook
  • children in falls from great heights, repeatedly
  • arrow impalement of a child
  • children threatening to stab other children
  • other talk of killing children by children
  • firearm threats of children
  • binding of children
  • attempted murder of children, repeatedly
  • sword fight with a child, repeatedly
  • attempted murder of a child by drowning
  • attempted murder of a child by sword
  • attempted murder of a child by choking
  • threats to kill children
  • crocodile attack
  • abduction of children, repeatedly
  • sword threat to the neck of a child
  • threat to child with steel hook
  • attempted murder of a child by poisoning
  • physical brutalizing of children, repeatedly
  • threat to a child with a sword to force compliance (to walk the plank)
  • gunfire killing
  • child forcing adult to walk the plank
  • sword fights between children and adults
  • human consumed by an animal

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • story of running away to escape parental control
  • "Forget them all" speaking about parents
  • lie, repeatedly
  • "I want always to be a boy and have fun"
  • children chanting to cause man's death

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • flash nudity of a young boy dropping into a bathtub
  • young girl laughing at (unseen) seeing privates of two young boys as they dangle upside down in bed gowns
  • crotch hit
  • woman in bathtub
  • portrayal of adolescent sexual awakening

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • ritual chant calling on spirits
  • "I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!" repeatedly by the story children then by all children then by the world to resurrect Tinkerbell

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder of crewman by a hook
  • gunfire murder, two
  • self-sacrificial suicide
  • stabbing murder, two

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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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