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(2011), G [PG-G*] (83.75min)

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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.

(2011), G [PG-G*] ... Some matters in this film are uncomfortable to point out

Production (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Regency Entertainment, Dune Entertainment. Characters ©Bagdasarian Productions
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): Mike Mithcell
Producer(s): Janice Kartman, Ross Bagdasarian, Karen Rosenfelt, Arnon Milchan, Neil Machlis, Steve Waterman
Cinematography/Camera: Thomas Ackerman
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Film Editing: Peter Amundson
Animation: Kevin Johnson
Casting: Allison Jones
Production Design: Richard Holland
Art Direction: Don Macaulay
Viewed on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD

This time Alvin and company are on their way by ship to an international music awards performance in Europe when Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Chipettes are blown off the ocean liner on a hang glider due to Alvin's trickery, deceit and dishonesty. Seeing his "kids" fly out to sea on a hang glider, Dave (Jason Lee) seizes another hang glider and tries to rescue them. Dave's old nemesis, Ian (David Cross) latches onto Dave to stop Dave and both are blown off the ship. All parties involved end up in the sea and drift to an isolated island where they meet Zoe (Jenny Slate), a stranded UPS worker who is actually looking for a buried treasure.

In such a plot a lot can happen ... and does. Far too much to try to summarize here but I will point out some strong satirical takes from Cast Away with Tom Hanks plus a number of other takes such as from the Rambo™ movies and "the most interesting man in the world" beer commercial

As a feature of that for which we are now famous, provided to the left is a scoring comparative of the three installments of the Chipmunks trilogy to-date. As revealed by the comparative, this 2011 version is the most "tame" of the three, not only in final score but in influence density.

Some matters in this film are uncomfortable to point out but as parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and others you may want to know about them. They will be discussed below in the individual discussion area for Offense to God (O).


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 64 out of 100
This film is not all that violent but does present the issues of violent nature that would be expected of such a plot, enough of them to lose over one third of the beginning 100 points for this investigation area. The violence comes in the form of action violence of varying intensities but none all that graphic. The assault by Zoe to kidnap Jeanette to fetch the buried treasure from the bowels of the volcano mountain, the kidnapping and Zoe's threat to kill Jeanette plus Zoe's attempt to crush Dave's hold on a branch that was keeping him from falling to his death are the boldest examples of violence in this film.

However innocuous or necessary to the plot the examples of violence might be, God has some stern things to say about violence. More than 50 times from the Old Testament to the New Testament God admonishes us against violence. One verse in particular, Proverb 16:29 addresses His point rather well. Proverb 61:29 warns that violence is "catching": that it can lead the observer into a way that is not good. In addition to God "publishing His findings" about violence, man has done likewise by four professional public health agencies warning that violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, into real life violence and into believing violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 64 out of 100
There is only one use of a crude term in the 83.75 minutes of the show, but adolescent mischief, meanness, deceit and disobedience stole a serious number of the starting 100 points of this content investigation area. In addition, there is much song content about partying "out of control." [Rom. 12:18, Gal. 5:21]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 80 out of 100
As in the other installments there is a significant amount of attention to the posterior in this installment. Ian admits his is "not wearing anything" under his pelican costume. An innuendo by the Zoe character suggested male anatomy but the longest and most obvious presence of sexually oriented content was the frequent camera attention to and posing of Slate to focus the viewer on her legs and anatomy below her waste. The Zoe character might well have been knick-named "Legs." [James 1:14 - 15]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
Booze appeared but only during the festivities aboard ship. No drinking of it was noted. And there are no portrayals or references to illegal drugs or tobacco or consumption of them nor any abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 80 out of 100
God's name was used in vain twice [Deut. 5:11] and there is gambling on the ship.

As mentioned in the opening of the Summary/Commentary section, there are some probable uncomfortable subliminal less-than-obvious issues about which parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and others might want to know.

Song titles include "Born This Way", "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" and "We Have Arrived." In addition, phrases that stood out boldly in song included "I was born this way" and "I'm beautiful in my own way 'cause God makes no mistakes." Since I have spent years researching the means and methods of homosexual practitioners to promote and advance their choice of lifestyle I have heard these phrases many times used in defense of the choice to practice homosexuality. Because of my experience with the use of these phrases, their use in this film immediately caught my attention. In addition, an internet search on those phrases and the authors of them revealed a strong thread of "gay." These phrases and others like them such as "We are the champions" figure prominently in the world of homosexuality. The most notable phrases include "I was born that way" and "God makes no mistakes" to absolve accountability for the personal choice to practice homosexuality which, by His Word, is sinful. "Personal choice!?" Yes. To practice homosexuality (and heterosexuality outside of marriage) is a personal choice since every non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. No exceptions, no debate.

What broke the camel's back and pushed me over the threshold of speaking up was the manner of and frequent use of "I was born that way." When "God makes no mistakes" was used to defend "I was born that way" I could not ignore the issue.

First, there is absolutely no scientific, provable evidence to support that anyone is born "gay." None whatsoever. Even the grad student who years ago claimed to have found a "gay gene" has since been proven not only to be a poor scientist but a liar as well. Again I point out that without exception or debate every single non-autonomic movement of the human body is a choice. One may conjure same-sex attractions -- I don't know and have never had such feelings -- but having same-sex attractions does not make the victim "gay." Acting on them does.

Second, it is true that God does not make mistakes. But we do. To try excuse our practice of that which God condemns with "God does not make mistakes" is blasphemous in the highest order. Another phrase somewhat popular in the realm of homosexual practitioners is "It is who I am" which also appears in the film in one form or another. Our race, color, gender and other such immutable facts of humanity are who we are. Choosing to practice homosexuality is not "who we are", it is "what we do."

Many of my discussions with practitioners of homosexuality have centered around concepts such as those discussed above. The equation that practitioners of homosexuality seem to try to build using phrases such as those above is practicing homosexuality cannot be a sin since being "gay" is innate ("born that way") and since God makes no mistakes "He made me that way." Again, God makes no mistakes ... but we do. We make mistakes with that which He has made.

The danger is the young who hear such embracement of moral aberrations in and as entertainment may suffer corruption of their home-taught and church-taught values against Word-borne wholesome and righteous morals. [1 Cor. 6:9 - 10]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No murders or suicides appear in this film. An attempted murder of Dave by Zoe was noted but attempted murders and suicides and deaths by acts of war and police action are not incorporated into this content investigation area but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.



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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 "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things [who are unforgiven] shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • James 1:14 - 15 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire [that which is sometimes born of onscreen exhibitionism] has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to [spiritual] death.
  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the [unforgiven] unrighteous [adikos: unjust, sinful] shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
    --> neither fornicators [pornos: a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in immoral sexual intercourse],
    --> nor idolaters [eidololatres: a worshiper of false gods, even mammom (wealth, riches)],
    --> nor adulterers,
    --> nor effeminate [malakos: he who keeps a boy kept for homosexual relations (such as the North American Man-boy Love Association - NAMBLA); a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness; a male prostitute],
    --> nor abusers of themselves with mankind [arsenokoites: one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual practitioner],
    --> Nor thieves, nor covetous [pleonektes: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others],
    --> nor drunkards,
    --> nor revilers,
    --> nor extortioners,
    shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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.)

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 64 out of 100
  • threatening vengeance
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • "I'm gonna kill you" with lunge toward intended victim
  • animal attack
  • assault to kidnap
  • threat to kill to extort
  • attempted murder

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 64 out of 100
  • adolescent mischief, meanness, disobedience, repeatedly
  • deceit, repeatedly
  • one use of a crude term in background song during rolling credits
  • much singing about partying "out of control"

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 80 out of 100
  • attention to posterior
  • "I'm not wearing anything underneath"
  • obvious focus of much attention on Slate's legs and below-waste anatomy
  • innuendo re: male anatomy

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
  • alcoholic beverages

    Offense to God (O) - 80 out of 100
  • gambling
  • two uses of God's name in vain
  • abuse of "God makes no mistakes" to absolve accountability to His Word regarding practicing homosexuality

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted (attempts at murder and suicide and deaths due to war or police action are not incorporated into this investigation area but are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime)

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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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