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Snow Dogs (2002), PG
Analysis Date: January 18, 2002
CAP Score: 89
CAP Influence Density: 0.20

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SNOW DOGS (PG) -- ... should have been rated G ... a "hard G" but a G nonetheless.

Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Brian Levant
Producer(s): Casey Grant, Jordan Kerner, Allison A. Millican
Written by/Screenplay: Gary Paulsen (book), Jim Kouf, Tommy Swerdlow, Michael Goldberg , Mark Gibson, Philip Halprin
Cinematography/Camera: Thomas E. Ackerman
Music: John Debney
Editing: Roger Bondelli

During the verification and validation of the baseline database of the CAP analysis model, movies rated G earned scores from 100 to 87 out of 100. The mean for the CAP scoring range for the G-rated movies (94.0) minus one standard deviation (5.4) is 88.6. Snow Dogs earned a score of 89. Unless I missed a lot of bad stuff, Snow Dogs should have been rated G with a high level of confidence, a "hard G" but a G nonetheless. What WAS the MPAA thinking? There was no foul language. No uses of God's name in vain. No nudity. No murder. There was some booze and drinking but no drunkenness and no smoking and a few of the lesser invasive sexual innuendo [1Ths. 4:2-5] and expressions plus a few matters of impudence/rebellion [Prov. 17:11]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal the issues of ignominy, as few as they were. Maybe Disney is moving away from the Pulp Fiction genre and is once again getting the right idea.

Miami dentist, Ted Brooks (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) gets word that he has an inheritance to claim. In Tolketna, Alaska! The inheritance is left to him by his mother. Whoa! Mom, Amelia (Nichelle Nichols) is sitting in her office. Little did Ted know and just now does mom tell him he was adopted. His biological mother is the one leaving him her "wealth." So, Ted sets off for Alaska to claim his fortune.

Arriving in Tolketna, Alaska by a small single engine run-down Piper Cub (I think) flown by an equally run-down-looking pilot, Ted walks into a bar/diner to meet the citizenry to try to find out what he must do to claim his inheritance. Ted meets a few colorful folks such as run-down James "Thunder Jack" (James Coburn) and the not-run -down Barb (Joanna Bacalso) owner and operator of the bar/diner.

Once the mayor reads the will, Ted discovers he has inherited.......

I am not going to go into the usual level of detail for this delightful comedy targeted at the less-than-teen age stratum. It is bright, colorful and presents some beautiful background in Alaska with an Iditerod theme. While essentially tame, there are some issues you might want to consider when deciding whether this movie is acceptable for your kids. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all I noted.


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  • 1Ths. 4:2-4 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body [which includes the voice (mouth)] in a way that is holy and honorable, ...
  • Prov. 17:11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion...

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 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 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]

    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.

    Snow Dogs (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • reckless gunfire
  • reckless knife throwing
  • animal attack (as humor)
  • thin ice peril
  • reckless driving
  • near fatal hanging from cliff

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • punk dress
  • massive tattoos
  • animal urination
  • risking life to win
  • facial piercings

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dress to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexual innuendo
  • inappropriate touch (male forearm around female chest, both fully clothed in heavy coats)
  • story of sex out of wedlock (not detailed)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 nearly seven 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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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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