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(2005), G [PG-G*] (1hr 15min)
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CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 2, 2005
84 out of 100

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(2005), G [PG-G*] -- Man, am I going to get some flak from this!

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Mark Dindal
Producer(s): Peter Del Vecho, Randy Fullmer
Written by: Robert L. Baird, Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Dan Gerson
Music: John Debney, Billy Martin, Jeremy Sweet
Film Editing: Dan Molina
Casting: Matthew Jon Beck, Jen Rudin
Production Design: David Womersley
Art Direction: Dan Cooper, Ian Gooding
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Chicken Little has so many things to "say" on so many different levels.

Our "job" is not to praise or recommend any movie but to tell you about the content of them so you, mom/dad, might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own as to the fitness of a film for your family. I remind you of this because that is what this analysis does. It paints a picture not that pleasant, but then, by our analysis process the content paints the picture.

I do have a couple comments about some positive features of the film but while the listing in the Findings/Scoring section is completely objective to His Word my comments about the goodness of a film are completely subjective. Of late, please understand that just because a film bears the Disney(tm) mark does not make the film family-friendly. Besides, it is up to you whether a film is "friendly" for your family, not some filmmaker, ratings board or this ministry. We just tell you what is there, you decide.

Chicken Little earned a final score of 84 which places it in the high end of the scoring range earned by PG films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database, making it equivalent to a "lite" PG film, i.e., a "PG-G."

As shown in the CAP thermometers for this film, the content found by the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area was the cause of the largest point loss over the six CAP investigation areas. Content causing the next largest scoring loss was found by Wanton Violence/Crime, followed closely by Sexual Immorality then by Offense to God. Neither of the Drugs/Alcohol or Murder/Suicide investigation areas found any programming warranting any point loss. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all the observations which provided the scoring distribution.

The film lost the greatest number of points under Impudence/Hate due to examples of arrogance against a parent [Prov. 15:20], an adult educator causing heart bruising of a child and other matters of arrogance [1Tim. 4:12, Matt. 18:10]. The film is also guilty of placing a child in a situation of "You never believe me" and "You are never there for me" dissonance between he and the adult population as well as the father [Exod. 20:12, Matt. 25:40]. A most unfair situation, likely to stir the same emotions in your own children as they watch and listen the next time you find it hard to believe what your child tells you. "You're as bad as Buck" may turn up.

As I proceed into the plot and story, note that to reveal some of the assaults on morality and ethics some of the plot must be revealed. The following approaches spoiler class.

Something from above him that high schooler Chicken Little (voice of Zach Braff) thought to be the sky fell on him. Naturally he thought the sky was falling. What else is one to believe when something hits you from above and nothing is up there but the sky?

Chicken Little sounded the town bell, shrieked "the sky is falling" and panic ensued. Town-wide chaos and destruction gripped the lives of the residents of Oakey Oaks, home of the best acorns in the world. The piece of the sky that fell on Chicken Little turned out to be one of the best acorns of the world.

Chicken Little and his father, the once great high school baseball star, Buck "Ace" Cluck (voice of Garry Marshall) are now the brunt of every insult and cruel joke in town. A movie was even made of the affair: "Crazy Little Chicken: The Movie."

Too bad that when something really did fall from the sky no one believed Chicken Little. Not even his dad. Especially when that which fell vanishes.

Some did believe Chicken Little, though. Fellow high schoolers Abby Mallard (voice of Joan Cusack) and the gi-normous Runt of the Litter (voice of Steve Zahn) believed Chicken Little because they got to see what it was that fell from the sky.

The object that fell from the sky was able to camouflage itself to match whatever was under it or behind it. Just accept it was alien -- not of this world. So, it really did fall from the sky.

One device of this film is that it takes strong advantage of clever takes from other films. Close Encounter of the Third Kind is one. Others include Flight of the Navigator, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones, Princess Diaries and King Kong. Predator is also mimicked. Even the crop circles are mimicked. This might be a clever device but it requires the viewer to have seen the films for the take to make any sense or to be funny. Some of the film takes are from PG-13 or R-rated films.

Some familiar pop tunes are mimicked, too, in quite humorous ways. But how appropriate for a G (or even PG-G) film is a verbatim spoof of "If You wanna be my lover?" For those of you who are not aware, that is a Spice Girls tune which includes "Slam your body down and wind it all around..." G fare? Not a chance. And it doesn't count that really young kids won't understand such innuendo. They will pick up on them and will likely try to use them in their lives whether they understand the innuendo or not. The "ugly duckling" Abby and Runt perform this skit together.

CORRECTION: Previously I had thought Foxy Loxy (voice of Amy Sedaris) to be a boy high schooler and reported the film as having him go through a transporter-induced sex change then developing a boyfriend-girfriend relationship with Runt of the Litter. I was wrong. The character Foxy Loxy is a girl. The transporter-induced change is in attitude, not gender. The scoring distribution has been updated to correct my error. I offer my apologies to the writers, filmmakers and to you for this inexcusable error.

The song "We Are the Champions [of the world]", sung and written by the musical genius and unsurpassed vocal talents of Freddie Mercury of "Queen", is sung boldly by Chicken Little. But there is something deeper that I feel must be revealed to parents and grandparents. Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was an avowed homosexual practitioner. The song phrase "we are the champions of the world" and the rest of the quite powerful and eloquent lyrical story reads like an ode to and encouragement of fellow homosexual practitioners as well as glorification of the practice of homosexualty. [1 Cor. 6:9-10] There is no proof of this, of course, so read the lyrics for yourself and make up your own mind.

Man, am I going to get some flak from this! If we lose you as a friend or visitor/user because of this report, it will be regrettable but I "work" for Jesus and He spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend three microseconds there. And I will be spending but a few years here but an eternity with Him. So I am going to honor His Word as He commands. [John 14:15]

I am going to make this an opportunity to sermonize a little.

We will all live forever ... in one of two places. How many of you have ever really thought about "forever?" How long is eternity? Consider the following scenario. You have just been greeted into Heaven and are grateful for the gift of eternity in Paradise in the mansion Jesus prepared for you from the moment you accepted Him as Lord and Savior. You are now to count every grain of sand on the Sahara desert, one grain every 100,000,000 years. When you have finished counting every single grain of Sahara sand your eternity will just be getting started. That is how "long" will be your eternity. What a wonderful thought of spending eternity in Paradise. Switching perspectives, eternity would be just as long in the "other place."

Jesus loves you enough to keep you out of the "other place" if you will just accept on faith and confess with your voice that Jesus is Lord and resurrected Savior whose Sacrifice paid the price of our sins. It is free for the asking. If you don't believe me, ask Him. Where you will spend your eternity depends on it.

Knowing that Jesus loves you enough to have willingly suffered a mortal death of unimaginable pain and horror just so you could have a path to eternal life in Paradise (which He would have done if it would have saved only you), are you going to argue His Word about some of man's choices of behavior? It is your choice. And by not choosing, the choice is made.

I do want to mention a rather nice touch of the writers. When Chicken Little was displaying disrespect for his father Buck about not trusting him, Buck told his son "I love you and I'm sorry if I made you feel that was something you had to earn."

Before you decide whether to let His little ones in your charge see this film, please consider inspecting closely the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section which is built by His Word.

Above I predicted a lot of flak from this report. I will try something new and keep this page updated with some of that flak occasionally. Anonymously, of course. And edited if they get as foul as in the past. Check back every couple days if you are interested.


I promised above to update this page occasionally with some of the "flak" we are likely to receive about this analysis. The first thrre shown below are the first three received:

I am writing to thank you for your movie analysis service. I have watched movie standards degrade with growing concern over the past few years. I know that when I come to your site, you will have caught the nasty things in the movie, so that I don't have to expose myself or my children to them.

I particularly appreciate your analysis of G-rated movies. Thanks to your analysis, I have been able to avoid some things that I don't want my family exposed to.

So why am I writing this? I just read your analysis of Chicken Little, and you indicated that you would probably get a lot of flak for it. I wanted to tell you that I have no flak for you, only a great appreciation that you will come out and tell it like it is, in accordance with God's holy word. You probably get a ton of negative email. Here is a positive one, to let you know that I greatly appreciate what you are doing, as does my beloved wife.

I realize that words only go so far, so I will also be sending a small contribution via Paypal to show you that I appreciate your efforts. May God continue to bless you.

M. J.
You know what's sad about you having to write a corrected email? The situation you thought you saw actually could have been in a kid's movie!! With all the political correctness we have now in schools where every "lifestyle" is considered wonderful, it would have made sense to have the scenario the way you thought you saw it.

Thank you for your efforts,

V. S.
...I have noticed that both this and "Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" have scored as "PG-G".

Looking on iMDb, I have noticed that, among the various countries that have rated these two films, Australia has rated them both PG. Here are their descriptors:

Chicken Little - Mild themes, Some scary scenes.

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Mild suggestive language, Mild themes.

For the latter, it appears the OFLC (Australia's classification office) has taken note of the sexual innuendos present in "Wallace and Gromit", while it has slipped past the MPAA (who, as you know, provides no descriptors whatsoever for G-rated movies) and the BBFC (Britain's classification system,, with the descriptor on its "U" (equivalent to "G") classification stating "Contains mild comic scary scenes and language."

As well, while I'm still on the subject of the OFLC- while the MPAA and BBFC have given "The Legend of Zorro" PG ratings, the OFLC has given it their "M" certificate (for "Moderate violence") - which is a very broad category, equivalent to PG-13 and "lite" R.

My complete views on your analysis reports, I will not state- what I will say is I do find them to be quite unique, and plenty of them do point out the inconsistencies in the MPAA's far-too-vague descriptors. (specifically, how they mention "some language" in PG-13 and R-rated films- meaning the most extreme profanities- but is unclear... and while I don't think they should throw out the "thematic elements" descriptor, they should be more specific. What kind of themes? The BBFC, at least, will tell what's present in the theme (if it affected the rating)- for example, the recently-released "Good Night, and Good Luck."- MPAA: "Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language", versus BBFC: "PG- Contains mild language, mild threat and persecution theme") My hope is, the MPAA will shape up before the government gets involved- fear of government regulation, after all, was one of the key reasons for the [Hayes] Production Code being established in the 30s.

E. J.

[My reply, in addition to thanking E. J. for the research, included: Maybe we should replace the MPAA with the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model?] - TC


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  • Prov. 15:20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish [son] despises his mother.
  • 1Tim. 4:12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence and lying to them)]
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the [unforgiven] unrighteous [adikos: one who violates or has violated justice] 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 worshipper 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],
    - 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.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    Chicken Little (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • animated disaster
  • slapstick "Buggs Bunny/Road Runner" caliber violence, repeatedly
  • pursuit terror
  • blade threat to three characters
  • alien "killing" of several characters by vaporizing them
  • weapon fire to "kill", repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • name-calling
  • flatulence
  • heart bruising of a student by a teacher
  • lies
  • vandalism to commit theft
  • creating "you never believe me" dissonance between child and authority, placing the parent in a position subordinate to the child
  • child arrogance toward father: "You wouldn't believe me anyway", "You're never there for me"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • underwear, repeatedly
  • song: championing the practice of homosexuality
  • song: "If you wanna be my lover..."

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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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