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(2007), PG [PG*] (1hr 17min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 26, 2007
73 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2007), PG [PG*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sony Pictures Animation
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures International, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Ash Brannon, Chris Buck
Producer(s): Lydia Bottegoni, Christopher Jenkins
Written by: Lisa Addario, Christian Darren, Don Rhymer, Joe Syracuse
Cinematography/Camera: Andres Martinez
Music: Mychael Danna
Film Editing: Ivan Bilancio, Nancy Frazen
Production Design: Paul Lasaine
Art Direction: Sylvain Deboissy, Ron Lukas, Marcelo Vignali
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Surf's Up  opened June 8, 2007. It is now August 27, 2007. Again I apologize that I could not get this to you in a timely manner. At least this report is available to you before Surf's Up  comes out on video October 9, 2007. To be able to improve timeliness of services it will take enough funding and financial support, all of which is tax-deductible,  to operate this 501(c)(3) licensed Christian ministry as a fulltime, dedicated ministry. Indeed, if such funding/support becomes available we will be able to get many film analyses to you before  their scheduled opening day since I get invitations to private screenings almost weekly. But with the screenings being 90 miles away, the ministry cannot now afford to send me. More on all this if you want to know.

Young Cody Maverick (voice of Shia LaBeouf) of Shiverpool, Antarctica swears he is going to be like master surfer Zeke "Big Z" Topanga (voice of Jeff Bridges) in spite of the warnings of his mother, Edna (voice of Dana Belben) and brother, Glen (voice of Brian Posehn). Cody is one of the "Let me be me" teens who feels that being himself is okay no matter the expense to others, never thinking that it is "me" that might need to change. There is no rule that says everyone else has to change for "let me to be me" to be "me." "Me" gets into trouble because of his "let me be me" attitude. [Ps. 7:16] But then, the "Gotta see for myself" syndrome raises its ugly head. [Prov. 22:15] This humanistic "me first" attitude is indeed against that which Jesus would like for us. [Mark 9:33 - 35]

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The most severe loss of points due to content was found by this investigation area, so much so the magnitude of the content revealed by this investigation area is indeed equivalent to some "lite" R-rated films. Though most of the violence was of the Road Runner/Coyote (tm) caliber some of it might be a tad more intense, particularly the cannibalism. Repeatedly. And it is that "repeatedly" that made the violence envelope so harsh, not in individual examples of violence but because of so many of them.

Impudence/Hate (I)
It's a "kid's show." It absolutely must have some flatulence, body fluid "humor" and child arrogance at parents. At least "kid's show" filmmakers seem to think so. Unsportsmanlike conduct and bully tactics in and as entertainment may teach aberrant behavior choices when like situations turn up in the lives of your children ... and like situations will turn up from time to time. Remember, teaching by using bad behavior as an example of not  how to behave can and sometimes does teach how to not  behave. [1 Cor. 15:33, 1Cor. 11:1, Titus 2:7] And let us take heed of God's Wisdom as He told us about the small things (such as the seemingly innocuous bad behaviors in and as entertainment) that can change our behavior mechanics ... bit by bit. [James 3:4] The small but noble and good things we do before our children will help them build a solid moral foundation: small and noble things such as returning the excess when the store clerk gives us too much change; obeying the speed limit; giving that $5 bill you found to lost-n-found; saying "No" to what you feel is an unacceptable movie.

On a positive note, there was not one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary found in the entire 77 minutes of the film

Sexual Immorality (S)
As usual, Hollywood seems to depend heavily on sexual innuendo and inferences to be able to write a movie, even if it is seemingly innocuous intentionally choreographed attention to the privates, sensuously placed tattoos, anatomical insults and humor, etc. [Eph. 5:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There were no noted uses of or references to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription abuse in the show.

Offense to God (O)
There were only two uses of Jesus' name in vain. God, who is Jesus who is God, is quite serious about using His name in vain. Deut. 5:11 tells us all about it.

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no murders or suicides noted.


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  • Ps. 7:16 The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; ...
  • Mark 9:33 - 35 And he [Jesus] came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them [the twelve apostles], What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. [Before I even knew Christ He was working in me because He had burdened me with an ideal that came from these verses: to be a good leader one must first know how and when to be a good follower.}
  • 1Cor. 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
  • Titus 2:7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness ...
  • James 3:4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or mature discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • 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, 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective  heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Surf's Up (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • assault
  • surfing peril, repeatedly
  • cannibalism portrayal, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • conceit
  • flatulence
  • child arrogance at parent
  • "Let me be me" to excuse arrogance and defiance
  • bully tactics
  • unsportsmanlike conduct, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • attention to privates, repeatedly
  • sensually place tattoo
  • transvestism, frequent
  • anatomical insult and "humor"
  • womanizing
  • sexual innuendo
  • toilet humor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of Jesus; name in vain

    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 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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