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(2003), PG
Analysis Date: July , 2003
CAP Score: 72 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.42

MinMax: -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 -- nudity has appeared again in PG cartoons.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks SKG
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson
Producer(s): Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mireille Soria
Written by/Screenplay: John Logan
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Special Effects: Doug Ikeler
Production Management: Mark Tarbox, Matthew Teevan
Art Department: Vincent A. Villanueva
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Sinbad (voice of Brad Pitt) and Proteus (voice of Joseph Fiennes) have been pals since childhood. Proteus went the way of honor and nobility. Sinbad took another path. Sinbad became a pirate.

After ten years of not seeing each other, Sinbad, on his way to the Fiji Islands to take advantage of the women there [1 Thess. 4:2 - 5, 1 Cor. 7:2, 1 Cor. 6:18] again meets Prince Proteus of Syracuse as Sinbad tries to steal the extremely valuable Book of Peace from Proteus. The Book of Peace gives life to the Twelve Cities of which Syracuse is one. The inhabitants of Twelve Cities all put their faith in the Book of Peace and idolize it [1Cor. 10:14]. But Eris (voice of Michelle Pfeiffer), the false goddess of discord has other plans [Deut. 5:7]. She wants the book for the power it would give her. Eris sends a sea monster to the Earth to destroy both Sinbad's and Proteus' ships so the sea monster could bring Eris the Book of Peace. But by the wiles of Sinbad, Proteus maintains possession of the Book of Peace. It is returned to Syracuse.

At Syracuse, Sinbad meets Proteus' fiance, Marina (voice of Catherine Zeta-Jones). And takes a liking to her around Proteus. In this case, Sinbad's honor is good. He does not pursue Marina. Eris pulls some slick maneuvers and Sinbad is accused of a capitol crime. Proteus, remembering how Sinbad had saved his life demanded the right to substitution and forced the Council to imprison him under the condition Sinbad sail to Tartarus to recover the stolen Book of Peace.

While the portrayal of self sacrifice is indeed a noble behavioral template, it comes in this movie with a price not often fathomable by the target age stratum. If Sinbad does not return in 10 days, Proteus forfeits his life to the executioner's axe. Not trusting Sinbad to do what he said he would do and to help preserve her fiance's life, Marina forces Sinbad to let her go with him. Now is when the fur flies.

Enough of the spoiling of the plot. Except I would like to say that Prince Proteus' nobility is proven to be more than superficial. Though betrothed to Marina for years, Proteus is willing to give up Marina if doing so would make her happiness complete. And whodda thought that while Sinbad tried to dazzle Marina with tales of plunder and pillage, romanticizing theft [Mark 7:21] with amoral disregard [Hab. 2:9, Ps. 62:10], the cutthroats on Sinbad's crew were perfect gentlemen to her!

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is an age-old story with some liberties taken. Some issues that mom/dad may want to know about before exposing their kids to the show include a variety of issues of less-than-honorable behavior in addition to the above.

Some of the more severe invasions include two attempts to behead characters shown with the axe swinging after the subject laid his neck on the block. Also of violence note are a character being eaten by the sea monster (though spat out alive later), long sequences of battle with the sea monster and other issues involving heavy sword play and perils at sea [Prov. 3:31-32, Luke 17:2].

And yes, nudity has appeared again in PG cartoons. Not as bad as Road to Eldorado but bad enough. Sinbad's torn pants expose his left gluteous maximous. [**] Of other sexual note are the toilet humor comment of "If he (Sinbad's dog) starts hugging your leg, it means he likes you (Marina)", implied attention to the male crotch and water spirits (Sirens) clearly not dressed but ill-defined as they attempt to seduce Sinbad's crew. Further, when Sinbad nearly runs into the chest of his very tall and very cold first mate, Sinbad tells him to put on a shirt so he won't poke people's eyes out. And while dazzling Marina with tales of plunder, Sinbad tells a time of a sword at his throat, his chest and his crotch as Rat (one of the crew) shouts "Pickles an eggs!" [Eph. 5:4]

Mythological polytheism is rampant. One of the uses of "gods" is when Sinbad speaks "Pray to the gods. We may be meeting them soon." Eris exhibits unholy control. She practices command over unearthly beings and causes havoc using unholy powers. Eris is the movie's supreme being, answers to no standard, knows the hearts of men, predicts behavior and lives "up above." Fantasy presentation of polytheism and unholy evil in movies is just about the only if not the first way our kids learn about such things. And you know what "they" say about first impressions. This movie will likely add to your kids' memories and thus contaminate Godly spiritual development and purity of faith.

And a question asked of Sinbad, "Will you go back to die" is a little too nihilistically intense and dissonance-creating for the maturity of the target age stratum, much like that in a nasty little elementary school book called The Giver .

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted. Please read it before you decide whether to take your family to see Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.

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  • 1 Thess. 4:2 - 5 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification [that you should be sanctified], that ye should abstain from fornication [not participate in sexual immorality]: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [control his body and urges] in sanctification and honour [... of God's Will] ; Not in the lust of concupiscence [not in passionate lust like the heathen], even as the Gentiles which know not God:
  • 1 Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • 1 Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
  • 1Cor. 10:14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
  • Deut. 5:7 "You shall have no other gods before me.
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. ** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. [I call attention to Eph. 5:4 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of this sort of "entertainment" and just to let you know that God knows about "vulgar" and "obscene."]

    ***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 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]. [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.
  • 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.


    Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • riches by extortion and violence
  • sword play, knife threats
  • sea creature eating a man (then spitting him out alive)
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • skulls on a rope
  • two attempted beheadings with axe/sword swing seen

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • a single use of the four letter word for human posterior
  • deceit
  • a euphemism of the most foul of the foul words
  • kissing of an armpit
  • "Will you go back to die?"

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • "If he starts hugging your leg, it means he likes you"
  • nude water spirits (Sirens)
  • partial rear male nudity
  • suggested attention to male crotch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted (while banquet drinking was noted, there was no evidence of it being alcoholic)

    Offense to God (O)
  • false gods
  • unholy control of mortal life
  • evil presence, reputedly
  • "Pray to the gods. We may be meeting them soon"

    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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