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(2003), G
Analysis Date: March 21, 2003
CAP Score: 97
CAP Influence Density: 0.06

MinMax: -12

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), G -- Another CAP green light movie!

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Producer(s): Ferrell Barron, Michelle Robinson
Music: Carl Johnson, Carly Simon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas

Piglet feels left out - again. The rest of the Hundred Acre Wood population; Pooh (voice of Jim Cummings), Eeyore (voice of Peter Cullen), Rabbit (voice of Ken Sansom) and Tigger (voice of Jim Cummings), are busy devising a method of getting bees out of a hive to gather the honey within it. Piglet is too small. Piglet is crushed. So, Piglet set out in the forest to figure out how he can be "important", too.

Finding Piglet's scrapbook of memories of togetherness and of Piglet's fond feelings about the others, the Hundred Acre Wood crew realized they have ignored their dear friend. Feeling mighty small in character, the crew set out to find Piglet. Along the way, they each remember and recount many wonderful memories with Piglet. The imagination of Piglet's rescuers fabricate many plots in which Piglet is a hero as they frantically search for their ignored friend.

And a familiar icon from the past, Carly Simon, has a good time singing "A Few Good Friends" at the end of the show. A great icing for a great big cake.

Great news! Another CAP green light movie! There are many messages in this installment in the Pooh franchise. Almost all of them good (in my subjective opinion). But one is not so good. A strong thread of friendship and sacrifice is tainted with potentially lethal risk-taking which can be a terrible behavior template for the target age stratum. We have all heard or seen stories of children participating in the "running into a burning building" scenario to save something as comparatively unimportant as a special baseball cap or doll. Even "real TV" presents professional service people spending megabucks and risking their own lives in efforts painted as tear-jerking to save someone's pet. While a friend is so much more than a pet, nothing of this world is worth more than your child's life. Nothing. Such a message as taking possibly lethal risks to do good with no presentation of consequences except good is not the wisest message to give the young. It is gut-wrenching to suffer the tears of a child who has lost something precious to them but the tears of the loss of your child would be a unimaginably worse. Please ensure that your little ones understand that such risk-taking is not what the movie is trying to say: that friends are worthy of love and self-sacrifice is; that friendship must never be taken for granted [1 Cor. 13:4 - 8].

I am certainly not against the young learning to sacrifice for the sake of others [Matt. 10:42, Matt. 25:40], but I am against exploding the reality of it and corrupting proper perspective for the sake of entertainment. Not that this movie does that, but it might ... in the eyes of a child [1Cor. 13:11].

Please recall that the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model treats onscreen animated behavior as equivalent to that of live actors and actresses if the demonstrated behavior can be reasonably duplicated by or subjected to a child.


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  • 1 Cor. 13:4 - 8 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...
  • Matt. 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
  • 1Cor. 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Piglet's BIG Movie (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • near drownings
  • rescue perils
  • pin stabbing into backside of a character in pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (just the thing a child might emulate)

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • fight/physical argument
  • dangerous risk-taking

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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