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(2007), PG [PG*] (1hr 18min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 24, 2007
73 out of 100

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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.

(2007), PG [PG*].

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Imagi Entertainment, Mirage Studios, The Weinstein Company
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Kevin Munroe
Producer(s): Michael J. Arnold, Frederick U. Fierst, Thomas K. Gray, Felix Ip, Francis Kao, Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Galen Walker, Paul Wang
Written by: Kevin Munroe (Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird - creators of comic book and characters)
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen G. Lumley
Music: Klaus Badelt
Film Editing: John Damien Ryan
Casting: Dawn Hershey
Production Design: Simon Murton
Art Direction: Mon Cheung, Simon Murton, Ahtam Tam
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Since it has been two weeks since I viewed this film there is little I can tell you about it you do not already know. The only benefits to proceeding with this analysis so long after the opening day are 1) for the folks who wait until a film is released on video, 2) for our overseas friends who typically must wait a few weeks after the US release of a film to make it to their country and 3) more datapoints for our research.

Also since it has been two weeks since I viewed this film there is little I can remember about it ... pieces and parts that make little sense now. However, that I cannot remember the details of a film is not a problem for the CAP analysis model. The CAP-MW Media Worksheets take care of doing the "remembering" for me. There is where I note all the assaults on morality and decency found in a film. I may not be able any longer to give you much of a plot and story discussion but by using the Media Worksheets I could take years to give you the Findings/Scoring section and it would be just as accurate as if it were the day of the viewing.

TMNT (IV - the fourth TMNT movie) is a reviving of the crime fighting foursome under the sage leadership of sensei Master Splinter (voice of Mako). April (voice of Sarah Michelle Gellar) is back as is the bat-wielding crime fighter Casey Jones (voice of Chris Evans). In this installment, two of the boys remain in a locked horns posture as the leadership is challenged by malcontentism. This friction is a problem with the effectiveness of the four boys ... especially when it as caused a reducing in force to three.

Once attitudes are defeated, the entourage fight Maximillian J. Winters (voice of Patrick Stewart) who is set to release 13 monsters on New York. This time, the Foot helps.

That the Foot helps would seem to say teamwork is a theme of this story. And it is. So are forgiveness, appreciation of individuality and atonement of one's past. While these features are indeed positive in nature, they are shrouded in behaviors not really compatible with such noble goals. These matters are discussed by investigation area below. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section is the most complete accounting of findings.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Though an animated feature, TMNT is quite violent. Indeed, by sheer numbers of episodes of violence, the violence envelope of this film is equivalent to some R-rated films. Thee is somewhat intense animated battle violence, a battlefield strewn with dead bodies and automatic gunfire to kill. There is much sword play and fighting with piecing weapons with at least one implied killing by sword. Reckless driving and extreme skateboard action violence add to the violence influences. But the most of the violence content is in crime-fighting and action violence. Such extent of violent behaviors may serve to desensitize our youth and might not be that with which we should entertain ourselves. [Prov. 3:31, Rom. 12:18, 1 Tim. 2:1 - 3]

Impudence/Hate (I)
I noted not one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary as a review noted. But take that not as "gospel." Sometimes different cuts of films are shown at the same time. The one you see if you watch this film may have some profanity. Or I just plain missed it. The only matters of impudence and/or hate I noted were brutality and lies. In 2 Tim. 3:3 God speaks negatively of brutality. And even more negatively about lying. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S)
A couple times the boys are posed in such a way as to expose the skin of their crotches. There can be only one reason for this. [1 John 2:26] And twice one of the female characters was noted as dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There were no instances of drinking, smoking, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted.

Offense to God (O)
Portrayal of immortality [1 Tim. 6:13 - 16], one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11], bringing stone to life and the calling of another "Fool" [Matt. 5:22] comprise the content applicable to this investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M)
No murders or suicides were noted. Note that deaths by warfare or police action are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.


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  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor [man of violence, extortionist, etc.], and choose none of his ways.
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • 1 Tim. 2:1 - 3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
  • 2Tim. 3:1 - 5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and display are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to the private parts, clothed or not, is sexual.]
  • 1Tim. 6:13 - 16 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time -God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.)

    TMNT IV (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • animated battle violence, repeatedly
  • animated battlefield strewn with dead bodies
  • automatic gunfire to kill
  • implied sword killing
  • reckless driving
  • firearms for offense
  • crime fighting violence
  • extreme skate boarding action violence
  • armed robbery
  • long action violence sequence
  • additional action violence, frequent

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • brutality
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch
  • poses revealing crotch skin, twice
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • portrayal of immortality
  • God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, twice
  • stone developing life
  • "Fools"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted (deaths due to warfare and police action are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime)

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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.

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