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(203), PG -- Kevin McCarthy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) shows up ... in black and white..
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Joe Dante
Producer(s): Allison Abbate, Chris De Faria, Christopher DeFaria, Larry Doyle, Bernie Goldmann, Joel Simon, Paula Weinstein, Steven Wilzbach
Written by/Screenplay: Larry Doyle
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Cundey
Music: John Frizzell, Jerry Goldsmith
Film Editing: David L. Bertman, Rick Finney, Marshall Harvey, Jason Tucker
Casting: Mary Gail Artz, Barbara Cohen
Production Design: Bill Brzeski
Art Direction: Paul M. Sonski, Stella Vaccaro
My initial reaction to the content of LOONEY TUNES: Back in Action was that it contained rather violent, nihilistic and sexual programming, more serving of what is typically excused as adult fare than the target childhood audience fare, not fit for the PG classification: that it was more like the crude extremes of the modern Animaniacs(tm) than Looney Tunes(tm) we all grew up with. But the objectivity of the CAP Analysis Model reigned. It earned a score of 71 which is within the scoring range of 86 to 67 out of 100 earned by PG movies in the comparative baseline database. A "hardcore PG" score, but a PG score nonetheless. Though it is PG programming, it is still more like Animaniacs(tm) than Looney Tunes(tm). My initial reaction has not changed.
One of the scenes empty of anything but rude crudity was live actress Elfam hanging from a bad guy (who forcibly abducted her) who was hanging from a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter. Elfman was dressed in a very short skirt with her feet wide apart and the camera with a clear view of her crotch ... more than once. And a spoof of one of the Yosemite Sam scenes of yesteryear of Western barroom dancing girls in their dressing room with Sam bursting in and they dutifully screaming had Daffy doing the busting in ... with live actresses rather than animated characters. Another actress was "Las Vegas" dressed in Yosemite Sam's modern Western-themes bar performing revealing dance moves while singing a song of "bad girl." Quite the fare for the Looney Tune age stratum, right? If me telling you this spoils the "fun" of the film, maybe it shouldn't be fun. Don't for one moment think that "raised on Looney Tunes" is the same today as it was.
Daffy is on his way out in the beginning of the movie. In a Board meeting Daffy pleads for a stronger role in Buggs' new movie. Our downsizing culture has taken its toll on even animated life. No one wants Daffy's slapstick style any more. it is decided by the "Warner Bros." (Dan and Don Stanton) that Daffy is to be fired. The duty falls on Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman), VP of Comedy, to fire the duck.
DJ. Drake (Brendan Fraser), a security guard who was trying to be a stunt man, was ordered to escort Mr. Duck off the Warner Bros. lot. The plot then led DJ back to his father's home where father, Damien Drake (Timothy Dalton), a spy, was no where to be found. By leaving a projection for DJ, Mr. Drake informed DJ that he was heavily involved in finding and securing the Blue Monkey, a huge diamond with supernatural powers to transform humans into monkeys. It was Mr. Drake's intent to foil the plans of Mr. Chairman (Steve Martin), Chairman of the ACME Corporation to turn the world's population into monkeys.
By the way, "the Doctor" of Star Trek: Next Generation(tm), Robert Picardo is Mr. Chairman's right-hand man. One of the masters of facial expression, Ron Perlman (Amoukar in Quest for Fire here (an older report) and here provides some of his expertise as a Board member. Several other actors, real and animated, made cameo appearances, even Marvin tine Martian (the maker of the PU-235 earth smashing detonator) and several sci-fi creatures from the past who had become residents of Area 52 grace the viewer with a short appearance. Even Bobbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet made a few short appearances. And lo and behold, Kevin McCarthy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) shows up ... in black and white ... carrying one of the pods.
There were no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary except for a muffled use of one and no uses of God's name in vain noted. The film losses the most points in the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area. It is filled with animated violence, seemingly exaggerated from the original Buggs/Daffy/Elmer violence. Elmer does some blasting of animated characters and shoots off Daffy's mouth for him a time or two. Wilie Coyote is smashed and blown up. Yosemite Sam's henchmen and Sam himself do some blasting as well. [Prov. 3:31-32] There are a couple of uses of "toilet" backside words as in "kissing [backside]." In addition to the above noted issues of sexual crudity, Daffy is seen zipping between the legs of a woman, causing her long dress to fly up around her waist. Several episodes of excessive cleavage, fascination with underwear and dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure top off the loss of points in Sexual Immorality.[Eph. 5:4; Ps. 12:8; Cor. 6:18] The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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.|