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(2011), PG [G-PG*] (90min)

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March 18, 2012
March 22, 2012

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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), PG [G-PG*] ... equivalent to many G-rated films

Production (US): Warner Bros. in association with Village Roadshow Productions, Kennedy Miller Miitchell Production, Dr. D. Studios
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): George Miller, David Peers, Gary Eck
Producer(s): Doug Mitchell, George Miller, Bill Miller, Chris Defaria, Philip Hernshaw, Graham Burke, Bruce Berman, Martin Wood
Written by: George Miller, Gary Eck, Warren Coleman, Paul Livingston
Cinematography/Camera: David Peers, David Dulac
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Christian Gazal
Casting: Kristi Carlson
Production Design: David Nelson
Art Direction: David Nelson
Viewed on Village Roadshow Home Entertainment DVD

As a special feature of this newsletter, following is a scoring comparative of the two (so far) Happy Feet films. They are just about two peas from the same pod with the 2011 version a tad less invasive of wholesome moral standards than the content of the 2006 version. Though the MPAA rated the 2011 version PG, with a final score of 90 out of 100 the CAP analysis model found overall content to be equivalent to G-rated films:
Indeed, the only "PG-equivalent" content found in the 2011 version is in Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S). Each of the other four CAP content investigation areas (W, D, O, M) found content to be G-equivalent. While a few G- and PG-rated films sometimes have had content which earned R-equivalence in one of more the CAP content investigation areas, there is none such content findings in this film.

It is belaboring the issue to try to provide a summary/commentary about the plot and story of this film since it is not only another pea in the same pod as the 2006 version regarding content, it is, for the most part, another pea in the same pod regarding story and plot.

The Emperor Penguin clan find themselves trapped in an ice valley with no chance of escape. Starvation seems imminent. But in this story a Puffin bird, who is mistaken for a flying penguin, comes to the rescue of the Emperor clan. At least the Puffin tries to rescue the clan. It is actually a coordinated effort of multiple species that provide a path out of the ice prison.


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) - 89 out of 100
Though there is, of course, nothing criminal portrayed in this story there are some matters of violence: animal attack and chase to kill and rescue action violence.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 70 out of 100
Here is the area of the six content investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) where the strongest assaults on morality and wholesome ethics lie. [Eph. 5:4] Some characters use crude language and humor. Urination is portrayed. Three adolescents run away. One adolescent defies his father. And there is one use of profanity in a background song -- the lyrics of the original Rawhide TV show theme by Frankie Laine. The version of the song that aired with the TV shows does not include the profanity. Another version of the Rawhide theme includes the single use of profanity but why would the filmmakers choose the version with profanity over the version that does not contain the profanity unless they are attempting to project a certain image?

The content applicable to this content investigation area earned the lowest score of the six CAP content investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M). This is typical of Hollywood productions as revealed by one of our developmental studies, ATTITUDE: In Perspective - Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations. The area score of 70 is the prime reason for the yellow CAPCon Alert light.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 85 out of 100
A couple times one or more of the penguins speaks of lust and of females as conquests. An adolescent penguin sings a song which speaks of private body parts. And a number of innuendo about male-to-male intimacy are heard or seen which are fortified with songs by homosexual practitioners such as Queen and Elton John.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No form of illegal drugs, possession or consumption of them, no tobacco whatsoever and no abuse of prescription drugs were found.

Offense to God (O) - 96 out of 100
While no Satanism, occultism, witchcraft and the like are present and no abuses of God's name were found, the story embraces evolution.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides portrayed in the entire 90 minutes of programming.



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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    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.)

    Happy Feet Two (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 89 out of 100
  • animal attack
  • action violence - chase to kill
  • action violence - rescue

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 70 out of 100
  • crude language and humor, repeatedly
  • urination
  • adolescents running away
  • adolescent defiance of father
  • one use of profanity in background song

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 85 out of 100
  • adolescents singing involving private body parts
  • multiple attention to male/female attraction
  • a number of male-to-male innuendo and references fortified by songs by homosexual practitioners

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 96 out of 100
  • story embracing evolution

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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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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