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(2005), G [PG-G*] (1hr 17min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Aardman Animations, DreamWorks Animation
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Steve Box, Nick Park
Producer(s): Claire Jennings, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Cecil Kramer, Peter Lord, Nick Park, Michael Rose, Carla Shelley, David Sproxton
Written by: Nick Park (characters), Bob Baker, Steve Box, Mark Burton
Cinematography/Camera: Tristan Oliver, Dave Alex Riddett
Music: Lorne Balfe, James Michael Dooley, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Alastair King, Julian Nott
Film Editing: David McCormick, Gregory Perler
Casting: Jennifer Duffy
Production Design: Phil Lewis
Art Direction: Lorna Cashmore
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
From the director of Chicken Run comes another animation marvel. Too bad it is so violent. Chicken Run was a morally better film.
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit starts off appearing much like the also British films of Harry Potter with a flair that reeks of sorcery and witchcraft. But I guess that was to set the mood expected of the unholy nature of lycanthropy.
Cheese-loving inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) is a rather odd sort of fellow. No one is sure of what to think of him. Not even Gromit, his dog who is wiser than he. No one is sure what to think of Wallace until rabbits start to overrun the prize vegetable and fruit gardens. Then Wallace, the proud proprietor of Anti Pesto, a humane rabbit collection rather than extermination service, becomes the man of the hour as he collects all the thieving rabbits and depositing them in his basement. Wallace becomes such a popular fellow that the rich Lady Campanula Tottington (voice of Helena Bonham Carter), owner and grower of what promises to be the largest vegetable for the annual competition, becomes keen on Wallace and he on she. Much promise glows from the budding relationship between Wallace and Lady Totti, at least until Victor Quartermaine (voice of Ralph Fiennes), who also vies for Lady Totti's affection, appears to spoil things with his big rifle.
One of Wallace's many inventions promises to change the rotten rodents into benign bunnys. Wallace developed a mind transfer machine and tried to implant his own engram into a rabbit to try to eradicate the behavioral demons from the rabbits. Things went haywire and the renegade rabbit became rampant -- and h-u-g-e -- at the appearance of a full moon as lycanthropy consumes the dear bunny. But as things unfold, the romping rabbit which becomes the were-rabbit is not a rabbit at all.
This film could be fun if it were not for things like a male character saying "Just take a look at my wife's ..." as she holds two large round fruit up to her chest. And the writers evidently think it is okay to show [cartoon] pictures of rear male nudity to little boys -- and girls. [Eph. 5:4] These things seem so much like the dirty old man showing pictures of his "girlfriend" to little boys.
It is doubtful the younger portion of the target age stratum would comprehend some of the sexual innuendo, but if they watch this film they will indeed be exposed to them and might mimic them, thereby invoking Luke 17:2, Matthew 25:40 and others that warn of dire consequences for they who teach and/or cause His little ones to sin.
In keeping with the apparent fetish Hollywood has with body functions (and exudates) in "kid shows", there is flatulence in this film. [Again Eph. 5:4]
The level of violence indeed well exceeded the typical threshold of violence in G-rated films. Not so much because of the severity of any specific examples of violence but due to the sheer number of examples (see CAP Rule of 1000). This film threatened to be equivalent to some lite R-rated films in violence, thus the red CAPCon Alert light atop this page. There is gunfire to kill, reckless driving to pursue, fighting to settle differences, a drawing of a beheaded man with blood spurting out of his neck, a threat with a firearm and other issues of violence. [Prov. 16:29, 1 Cor. 15:33]
Because of the above matters and several other issues of assault on morality, this film earned a final score 84, which makes it equivalent to PG films in the comparative baseline database. The score of 84 is only three of 18 points under the scoring range earned by G-rated films (100 to 87 out of 100) but it is still in the range of scores earned by PG films (86 to 68 out of 100), making it equivalent to a "lite" PG film, thus the "PG-G."
Might I suggest you inspect carefully the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before deciding for what age of your kids this film is fit?
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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/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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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