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(2005), G [PG-G*] (1hr 15min)
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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:
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- 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,
shall inherit the kingdom of God.
***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.
(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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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