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(2005), NR [PG*] (23min)
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Production (US): Lightning Bug Flix, Kim's Communications
Producer(s): Myung Soo Kim, William Thorn, Bruno John, Jeff Holder, Mark Young
Written by: William Forrest Cluverius
Music: John Zucker
Film/Story Editing: Erik West, Jeff Holder, Mark Young
Narrated by: Willie Aames
Art Direction: Christine Hye Ja Yu
Voices: Barbara Goodston, Marc Graue, David Lucas, Julie Maddelena, Dave Mallow, Anthony Mozdy, Bob Papenbrook
Viewed on: Lightning Bug Flix/Kim's Communications Home DVD
In the bright and colorful format of animation, Blessing in Disguise - The Joseph Story (Genesis Chapters 37 - 50) is an excellent tool for you to teach your children the blessings of choosing to forgive rather than the sin of seeking revenge. More on this below.
I almost felt bad about the CAP analysis model generating a final score as seemingly low as 73 for this first in a 13-episode series of Bible-oriented animated features from Bugtime Adventures. But I cannot manipulate the scoring and the CAP analysis model is strictly objective. The model will not compromise the scoring for the sake of even Biblical context in a film.
Unlike the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), neither the CAP analysis model nor I decide for you what is fit for what age. That is your decision to make for your kids. We just tell you what is there ... you decide. For more information about our service, please visit the BEFORE You Read On... link above and CAP Methodology.
Blessing in Disguise - The Joseph Story is a dual story which tells of the brutal cruelty on Joseph at the hands of his brothers made less brutal by clever and and colorful animation. It is also an effective story of the bitter dissonance created by the emotional warfare of deciding whether to forgive or to seek revenge.
Blessing in Disguise - The Joseph Story is about an adult matter told on a child's level. It is an important story, indeed. But when your children learn it is up to you. You deserve the facts before you decide for what age stratum a feature is fit. Unfortunately and too often, using aberrant behavior in and as entertainment has the potential to teach children how not to behave instead of teaching them how to not behave. So, we try to give you all the information you might want to be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own by your own standards whether a film is fit or not.
The story opens with Antoni the ant and Iggy the bumble bee making preparations for the annual Buggelsville picnic where Antoni performs a juggling act. The insufferable Roderick the cockroach is busy telling his "me" tales to the tots when Antoni begins his act. Antoni's act draws Roderick's crowd away from Roderick who is offended by it. To gain revenge, Roderick interferes with Antoni's act and embarrasses him. Now Antoni decides to seek revenge on Roderick. [Rom. 12:19] Getting even certainly is contagious. Antoni plans his revenge to the point of shirking his responsibilities as the community repairman. What does Antoni finally do? Does he get his slimy revenge or does he decide to forgive?
Intertwined with this story is the tale of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers and of being imprisoned for false accusations about his intentions for the beautiful wife of rich man, Potiphar. Potiphar's wife had taken an inappropriate romantic interest in Joseph. [Mark 7:21] When Joseph rejected Potiphar's wife's advances on him, she was angered to the point of lying. [Prov. 19:5] She deceived Potiphar by claiming Joseph had attacked her. Potiphar put Joseph in prison where he stayed for two years until the Pharaoh called Joseph to interpret the Pharaoh's dream.
From there, Joseph found favor in the eyes of the Pharaoh and became a great Governor of Egypt under the Pharaoh. Soon, Joseph's brothers came to beg the Governor's help with their famine-driven hunger without knowing the Governor was Joseph. There sit all those responsible for Joseph's dilemma, within Joseph's reach. Will Joseph take revenge on his brothers or will he forgive them? [Col. 3:13, Luke 6:29]
This video presents a logical and structured approach to teaching about forgiveness and revenge. It does so by portraying both revenge and forgiveness. There are matters of potential concern to parents with almost every effective story-telling involving aberrant behavior. Such matters of concern in Blessing in Disguise - The Joseph Story include some "slapstick" violence, social/competition mischief, physical assault and deceit leading to false imprisonment. And, as is often the case, such behaviors may seem satisfying and desirable on the surface for a time. This is the property of many ignoble behaviors which parents might want to be prepared to address when talking with children about the noted behaviors.
Drinking of a beverage as a toast, ostensibly wine, was also present. Drinking an alcoholic beverage in and of itself is not a sin. Jesus drank wine and even changed water into wine, but He never abused it. But abuse of alcohol (getting drunk) is sinful and portrayal of drinking alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment poses a risk of emboldening the youthful observer to do likewise (as with any portrayed behavior, negative or positive). A finding of the American College of Physicians regarding the influence of drinking in and as entertainment identifies a potential risk with portrayal of consuming alcoholic beverages. [Eph. 5:18]
Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before deciding for which age stratum this feature is fit.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
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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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