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Pokemon: The Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1999), (G)
CAP Score: 73
CAP Influence Density: 0.48
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Pokemon: The Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back* (G) -- was NOT "G"
I will try to explain the extremely nebulous property of this movie to influence your child. I suspect the most influential properties of the Pokemon craze are power over and control of others using violence and "magic" with impunity.
I encourage all who read this to offer their thoughts about the movie. Any comments forwarded to us
Recall that the CAP analysis model has been determined to be applicable to animated features as long as the assumption is made that any onscreen behavior by animated human-like characters that can be reasonably duplicated by a child is of equal influence on the child as the onscreen behavior of live actors and actresses. Dr. Gilliam, our Director - Mental Health Support agrees with me that it would be unusual for even a 16 year old child to be able to fully grasp consequences of behavior or fully separate fantasy from reality (For the psychologists: In saying this it is not my intent to speak to accountability or acceptance of it). So, I am going to add to the CAP analysis model that any distortion of reality portrayed onscreen by animated human-like characters can influence children as much as that portrayed using live actors and actresses. It is a fair extension that the younger child -- the likely target audience of this movie -- is in many ways even more impressionable than a 16 year old child. This movie is one that deeply invades the ability of a child to separate fantasy from reality; to grasp consequences of behavior.
*Pokemon: The Movie* is HEAVY into control of others -- a basal desire; pronounced in many children. The movie is all about having control and controlling. There may lie the strongest power of the movie to influence. The movie was saturated minute by minute with such influences as
After about 45 years of progressively invasive operant conditioning by the entertainment industry to strive for freedom from accountability, authority, and consequences (see our Sad But True Introduction), *Pokemon: The Movie* is an augmentation extension which not only furthers those influences but leads into conditioning for lust of power over and control of others with little to no consequences or remorse.
Note that *Pokemon: The Movie* was preceded by a 21-minute presentation of *Pokemon: Pikachu's Vacation* which made about as much sense as the ultra-fantasy scenes of *The Yellow Submarine* by the Beatles. That may have been intentional -- to numb intelligence and discernment. *Pokemon: Pikachu's Vacation* was treated as an integral part of the whole.
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FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):