RED does not mean "stop." GREEN does not mean "go." Click on the CAPCon Alert image for explanation
A ministry of the ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP Ministry)
A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Christian Ministry. www.capalert.com/
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to His little ones through you in His name by His Word
(1995), G [PG-G*] (1hr 16min)
The #1 Christian entertainment media analysis service on the Internet. We give you OBJECTIVE tools NO ONE ELSE CAN to help YOU make an informed decision for yourself whether a film is fit for your family. Over 1000 analyses for parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and more.
Click it to try it!
(a PayPal account is NOT required)
OR (preferred) by Check or Money Order.
The CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian ministry (75-2607488). Donations to us are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
on what Hollywood feeds your kids. SUBSCRIBE
to our FREE text-only email version of these reports and our COMING SOON notices.
Christian Long Distance
(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Home Video
Director(s): John Lasseter
Producer(s): Bonnie Arnold, Ed Catmull, Ralph Guggenheim, Steve Jobs
Story: John Lasseter, Peter Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft
Screenplay: Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Music: Klaus Lage, Randy Newman
Film Editing: Robert Gordon, Lee Unkrich
Production Management: Patsy Bouge, Karen Robert Jackson
Art Direction: Ralph Eggleston
Viewed on: Disney Home Video VHS
This special request analysis of the 1995 Toy Story was sponsored by Gigi. Her concern was that we have this analysis to compliment our analysis of Toy Story 2. I am glad Gigi wanted the first Toy Story analyzed. Doing so has provided an interesting comparative.
Atypical of most original/sequel movie pairs, the sequel in this pair earned a higher score than the original version. While both versions earn a perfect score of 100 out of 100 in each of the investigation areas, Drugs/Alcohol (D), Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide, there is a dramatic difference between the content of the two films. The first Toy Story is markedly more severe in violence and impudence/hate than Toy Story 2. Following is the data display for each film in a comparative format.
Issues of violence include, for example, the presentation of the concept of using firearms to control others, exceedingly dangerous fireworks and matches in the hands of an adolescent, a threat to hang another character by the neck and extensive child meanness. One more item of a violent nature I would like to point out that is not likely noticed by most adult viewers but is by most kids with their hawk-like, light-speed attention to detail was the human silhouette firearm target with bullet holes in it in Sid's (voice of Erik von Detten) room. [Prov. 13:2]
Impudent and hateful matters include Potato Head (voice of Don Rickles) taking his lips off and kissing his own posterior with them to express his opinion of another, lots of name-calling, arguing, brat tactics, adolescent meanness and one veiled foul word. [Ps. 119:22, Prov. 18:3, Rom. 12:18]
The only sexually-oriented content of Toy Story was a quite suggestive character called "Legs" which is a pair of adult human female-looking legs attached to (I think) a yo-yo, making it a walking yo-yo. That would seem innocuous enough but the "bare skin" legs did not stop at what would be the hemline of, say, a pair of street shorts. Shading and shadowing was used a couple times to augment the gluteal musculature.
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) is Andy's (voice of John Morris) favorite toy. Woody enjoys his position of leadership among all of Andy's toys. All toys look to Woody for cohesion and togetherness.
Andy's family is moving at the same time of Andy's birthday, so they move celebration of Andy's birthday a week earlier so moving would not interfere with Andy's birthday party.
New toys!? Woe and worry! More competition! Woody coordinates with the Sergeant of the plastic soldiers (voice of R. Lee Ermey, Mail Call) to conduct what appears to be a familiar maneuver of espionage to find out what toys Andy gets for his birthday. Not long after, Woody finds he has competition as Andy's favorite toy. Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) slowly erodes Woody's place atop Andy's totem pole of toys.
Most of us are familiar with the story by now. The main purpose of this analysis was to prepare a comparison with the 1999 Toy Story 2.
If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ] or bold. If you wish to have full context available, the Blue Letter Bible is a convenient source. If you use the Blue Letter Bible, a new window will open. Close it to return here or use "Window" in your browser's menu bar to alternate between the CAP page and the Blue Letter Bible page.
***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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
ChildCare Action Project (CAP): Christian Analysis of American Culture
100% dependent on your tax-deductible financial support
Christian Long Distance
We exist only by your tax-deductible donations. PLEASE
Features PayPal! You do NOT need an account to donate.