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(2005), PG [PG*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Producer(s): Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, William Joyce
Written by: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Jim McClain, Ron Mita
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: John Carnochan
Casting: Christian Kaplan
Production Design: William Joyce
Art Direction: Steve Martino
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Why the yellow CAP Alert light
Rodney Copperbottom (voices of Jansen Panettiere, Will Denton, Ewan McGregor) was the manufactured son of his parents, Herb and Mrs. Copperbottom (voices of Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest). Part of the crude (sexual innuendo) humor is here. When Rodney's parents decided to make a baby, one of Mrs. Copperbottom's comments was "Making the baby's the fun part." And that is about the caliber of the crude and toilet humor throughout. Nothing particularly invasive of morality and ethics, each instance requiring at least some experiential maturity to even fathom the implications but yet not in keeping with Phil. 4:8 or Eph. 5:4 nonetheless.
Assembled from hand-me-down parts, Rodney grew to want to be something more ... so his father would be proud of him. So, Rodney left a note for mom/dad that he was going to leave Rivet Town and go to Robot City to show Mr. Bigweld (voice of Mel Brooks) an invention Rodney made to help his father do what he does -- wash dishes.
But Mr. Bigweld, the greatest robot ever, was nowhere to be found. After gaining unauthorized entry into the immense Bigweld complex, Rodney found the brutally demanding Bigmouth Executive (Stephen Tobolowsky) had replaced Bigweld as head of the company, all at his mother's encouragement.
Bigweld was strong in providing repair parts for the aging robots in Robot City but Bigmouth Executive wanted to stop all repair parts production and go with new upgrades under the banner of "Why be you when you can be new." The fancy, shiny new upgrades were, however, not competitively priced and few could afford an upgrade. In this way, Bigmouth and his mother could rid the city of all the old robots and rake in the cash at the same time.
At Rodney's side through it all was enterprising con artist, Fender (voice of Robin Williams) and disgruntled Bigweld board member, Cappy (voice of Halle Berry) plus a ragtag group of degenerating robots, showing some of the best creativity I have seen in a long time.
Rodney came to the rescue and, being quite skilled at building things, performed repair service for the residents of Robot City. This made Rodney an enemy of Bigmouth Executive and his mother. Orders were given to kill Rodney. Yes, folks, this is not always pabulum but indeed contains some alum in places. After all it is rated PG. At times, clever. At times, morally abrasive. Please inspect carefully the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide for your family at what age, if any, this film is fit.
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***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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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