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(2010), PG [13-PG*] (1hr 30.4min)

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April 9, 2011
April 10, 2011

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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.

(2010), PG [13-PG*] ... PG- or G-equivalence in each of the other five investigation areas

Production (US): Disney
Distribution (US): Buena Vista
Director(s): Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Producer(s): Roy Conli, John Lasseter, Glen Keane, Aimee Scribner
Head of Story: Mark Kennedy
Screenplay: Dan Gogelman
Music: Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
Film Editing: Tim Mertens
Casting: Jamie Roberts
Production Design: Douglas Rodgers
Art Direction: David Goetz
Viewed on Disney Home Entertainment DVD

The content of Tangled earned a final score of 60 out of 100 which makes it equivalent to a PG-13 (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. But the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area found enough content to earn a score of zero out of 100 which is a R-equivalent score (54 and below out of 100). The film earned PG- or PG-13 equivalence in each of the other five investigation areas but the film is R-equivalent in violence nonetheless. This is one of the great features of the CAP Analysis Model - the ability to identify whether any concentration of assaults on morality and decency exist and where they are located.

A drop of sunshine fell to the Earth one day. Where it fell grew a magical flower, a flower that can restore youth to the one who sings to it. Old hag Gothel (voice of Donna Murphy) was the one to discover its fountain of youth properties and hid the flower for her own use under a basket made of foliage.

One day the queen fell ill, very ill. The illness threatened not only the life of the queen but the life of the unborn princess as well. Knowing of the magical flower and its healing powers, the kingdom embarked on a search to find the flower to bring it back to use for the queen. After retrieving the flower a soup was made with it which healed the queen and saved the unborn princess Rapunzel (voices of Delaney Rose Stein and Mandy Moore) in her womb. Not only did the flower heal the queen, it gave magical healing powers to Rapunzel as well.

Rapunzel's magical powers were in her hair. Any of it that was cut off would lose the power. If all of it was cut off not only the cut hair would lose its power but Rapunzel herself would lose the power. Knowing that Rapunzel's hair had the same youth-restoring power the flower had, Gothel kidnapped the newborn Rapunzel and kept her secluded and removed from society in a far-off tower. For years, Gothel taught Rapunzel the world was "dark and selfish and cruel" and kept Rapunzel hidden away in the tower.

Thief and con man Eugene Fitzherbert, a.k.a Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi), along with the Stabbington brothers (voice of Ron Perlman), stole a crown specially made for the princess. In doing so Rider became a key character of the story.

I am not going to spoil the story any further in case you choose to watch it. But I will, however, mention that Disney animation has become an intricate and expressive art indeed. The attention to detail in body movement and expression is outstanding. Even the attention to detail in sound effects is standard-setting. In one scene where Rapunzel uprights a toppled chair the viewer hears not only the minor sound of the rear two legs meeting with the wooden floor, the sound crew included the even less significant sound of the front legs meeting with the floor. Such a scene would probably suffice without the sounds of the chair legs meeting with the floor but the scene serves as an example of the excellence this film exudes. An enjoyable animation experience indeed. Too bad the story had to include some of the ignoble content.

Let me now get right into that for which most of you visit our service - to know of any ignoble content before you decide whether and for whom the film is fit.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
As mentioned at the intro to this Summary/Commentary section, this a rather violent production. Maybe the story was violent as well but at least it is just a reading influence. Movies show and demonstrate the violence sight and sound.

The violence content of Tangled includes kidnapping of an infant, weaponfire to kill and a knife to the face. Rather harsh content indeed. In terms of overall magnitude, there is enough violence in this film to make it equivalent to the violence in some R-rated features. There is more. Please look to the itemized listing in the Findings/Scoring section to learn of all the instances of violence.

One of the strongest problems with violence is that it is "catching." God warned us of this a long time ago [Prov. 16:29]: that violence can lead the viewer "into the way that is not good." Further, man has finally come around, whether intentionally or even knowingly, to agreeing with God regarding violence in and as entertainment.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 56 out of 100
The content applicable to this investigation area includes veiled compliments under hateful talk, trickery, lies, denial of guilt, blaming one's own action on another and excusing rebellion against and defiance of "parental" authority. There is more but please look again to the itemized listing in the Findings/Scoring section to learn of them all.

Let me focus on the lying. Many of the other examples of aberrant behavior can be linked to lying such as the denial of guilt and trickery. But looking straight on at lying, God has some terrible woes in store for the unforgiven liar. He warns of a dread and fiery end for the ones who make lies. [Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:14 - 15]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 82 out of 100
Over the relatively recent years Disney has been accused of making rather suggestive drawings of characters. Maybe it is true, maybe it is not. Of those I've seen, it could go either way. No one but the artist and God knows the intent behind animated images which appear to have sexual hints to them. Be that as it may, three images in this film also seem to favor the human form. Both Rapunzel and Eugene, Rapunzel twice, are seen [independently] prone with the detail of their posterior anatomy ghosting through their clothing more so than any other scenes and positions of these two characters.

To display such to young children has been shown to desensitize them against wholesome humility regarding the display of their bodies which inevitably leads to experimentation and lowering of wholesome standards. We have see this throughout society since the sexual revolution stuck its foot in our doorways. We don't need any more.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 89 out of 100
The only instance of content regarding illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco was the short old man in a diaper acting drunk. It was, of course, presented in a positive and humorous light, ignoring the consequences of drunkenness.

Offense to God (O) - 56 out of 100
This was the area finding content to earn the second lowest investigation area score mainly due to "magic" not from God and miraculous healings not by Jesus or His Blood. The only other item of noteworthiness found was the lusting for revenge. [Rom. 12:19]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 78 out of 100
There were two murders in Tangled. One of Flynn by Gothel by blade and the other of Gothel by Rapunzel's lizard by intentionally tripping Gothel to cause her to fall out the tower window. Both were, in my opinion, overly graphic. Probably the most graphic was when Gothel hit the ground.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Rev. 22:14 - 15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city [palis: the abode of the blessed in Heaven]. For without [exa: out of doors, outside] are dogs [kuan: metaph. a person of impure mind, an impudent person], and sorcerers [pharmakos: pertaining to magical arts], and whoremongers [pornos: a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator], and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    ***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.)

    Tangled (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • kidnapping of an infant
  • robbery
  • weaponfire to kill, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly of varying intensities
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • confinement against victim's will
  • bondage, repeatedly
  • barroom brawl
  • knife threat to face
  • flight to escape lawful prosecution
  • sword fight, twice
  • threat to kill
  • slapstick rivalry
  • police violence
  • fight with assault

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 56 out of 100
  • veiled compliments
  • trickery
  • denial of guilt
  • lie to manipulate situation/consequences
  • deceiving against "parental" authority
  • excusing rebellion and defiance with youth
  • lie, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 82 out of 100
  • form-fitting clothing, repeatedly
  • crude humor, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 89 out of 100
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 56 out of 100
  • healing by and implanting of magic by a flower
  • youth by magic, repeatedly
  • additional healing by magic, repeatedly
  • hair glowing by magic, repeatedly
  • lusting for revenge

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 78 out of 100
  • blade murder, somewhat graphic, with blood
  • murder by causing to fall, graphic

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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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