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(2004), PG -- ... seems to be a fascination with the human posterior.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Timothy Björklund
Producer(s): Stephen Swofford
Screenplay: Bill Steinkellner, Cherie Steinkellner
Music: Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Stephen James Taylor
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
At least the MPAA got it right this time. Disney's Teacher's Pet earned a score of 73 which places it smack dab in the middle of the CAP scoring range earned by PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database of movies. And it is every bit "Parental Guidance" (or maybe "Parental Avoidance"). Please read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this envelope-pushing (so what else is new?) Disney film.
Surrounding the seemingly constant appearance of smiling "Duh!", there is, in my opinion, little entertainment value to this animated musical. How this can be an extension of the Emmy award winning TV series is beyond me. But then, how the TV series won an Emmy award is beyond me. Even with six kids, we don't watch it. Whatever. I am not a movie critic or reviewer. I do not have the expertise to know what to look for to know whether a work of entertainment is Emmy- or Oscar- or Grammy-material or whatever. And I don't really want to have such expertise. That expertise is what gives Oscar awards to mostly R-rated films. I do, however, have the "expertise" to tell you what is immoral. And so do you. It is called the Bible.
Star 4th grade teacher Mrs. Helperman (voice of Debra Jo Rupp) was told by Principal Strickler (voice of Wallace Shawn) that she was a finalist for the National Excellent American Teacher Organization (N.E.A.T.O.) awards conducted in Florida. Spot Helperman (voice of Nathan Lane) is a broken-hearted dog, broken-hearted because he cannot go to Florida with his master Leonard Helperman (Shaun Fleming) and Leonard's mother, Mrs. Helperman. Why not? Because The Helpermans would be using Mr. Strickler's "Wentawaygo" motor home to get to Florida and cat-lover Mr. Strickler said "ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS!"
Spot has wanted to be a boy for a long time, often heard as the popular one-liner in the commercials "I GOTTA BE A BOY!" In fact, Spot has been dressing up as a boy and going to school with Leonard for years and had even won several scholastic awards as evidenced by medallions dangling from his neck. Now Spot has more reason to become a boy. Spot found a way to become a boy in this episode through an insult TV program which announced that a mad scientist in Florida, Dr. Krank (voice of Kelsey Grammer) could change animals into people. Now Spot has even more reason to go with his family to Florida.
Spot found a way to go to Florida with his family and found Dr. Krank. Dr. Krank's previous experiments were on lower life forms and were not all that successful. One of his experiments resulted in an alligator boy (Paul Reubens) and another experiment resulted in a mosquito girl (Megan Mullally). Dr. Krank believed the cause of the failures was that the experiments were on lower life forms. He believed that using a higher life form - a dog - should be successful. But that which Spot was turned into by Dr. Krank was not a boy.
While on the surface, this Disney tour into fantasy might seem innocuous, even in light of Disney's propensity for celebrating the practice of homosexuality. But it is our "job" to tell you about the contents of a film so you can make an informed decision whether a film is fit for your kids before they set through it. This is what I will share with you now.
There seems to be a fascination with the human posterior in this animated film. Several times attention was drawn to a posterior in one manner or another. An elderly lady's posterior was greatly exaggerated and emphasized. The viewing angle repeatedly forced the viewer onto the exaggeration. A man was seen pulling too-small pants up over his posterior. And the top of the glutei fissure was seen repeatedly. In addition, adults were seen in their underwear repeatedly and a waitress's uniform was ripped off of her exposing her in her underwear. While such display of underwear might be funny to some, it would not be to the one who wears only his/her underwear in public. At least, the police would not likely think it funny. I doubt God finds it funny, either [Eph. 5:4] In addition, several times the mother was lied to [Rev. 22:14-15] and the address of Dr. Krank included triple sixes.
Please inspect closely the listing in the findings/Scoring section before making a decision whether to expose your family to this film.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|