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(2006), G [PG-G*] (1hr 20min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 20, 2006
71 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.

(2006), G [PG-G*] -- "Stop looking at my spots. I'm up here!"

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): C.O.R.E. Feature Animation, Contrafilm, Hoytyboy Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Steve 'Spaz' Williams
Producer(s): Jim Burton, Ed Decter, Beau Flynn, Clint Goldman, Jane Park, John J. Strauss
Written by: Ed Decter, Mark Gibson, Philip Halprin, John J. Strauss
Music: Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Scott Balcerek, Steven L. Wagner
Casting: Corbin Bronson, Jen Rudin
Production Design: Chris Farmer
Art Direction: Chris Farmer, Michael E. Goldman
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Wow! A G-rated "kids" film with "I'll kill 'em myself", threats to eat other characters and a long sequence of threat of harm and death. Maybe the Big Bad Wolf threatens to eat Little Red Riding Hood in the famous fable, but was your first encounter with the fable simply in words? Or in a little book? I'll bet the Big Bad Wolf's head wasn't twenty feet tall.

In comparison with the films in the CAP comparative baseline database (see CAP Methodology, The Wild contains enough issues of violence to be equivalent to the violence envelope of some R-rated films. Not so much in the boldness or extreme of any specific example(s) as is the typical device of R-rated films but in the sheer number of "lesser" examples of violent matters. See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information on the relatively new technique of filmmakers to load down the content of films with "tons" of lesser examples of ignominy to get the same magnitude or effect as the fewer but more bold and graphic examples typically found in R-rated films but yet avoid the R rating. Indeed, I find that many of the lesser kind of assault on morality and ethics in a given time can have a more indelible negative or harmful impression than fewer but more invasive assaults. And practicing psychologist Steve Kossor, our Director - Psychological Support and executive director of a behavioral analysis service concurs.

Young lion cub Ryan (voice of Greg Cipes) has not yet experienced the voice change of adolescence. His father, Samson (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) has been telling Ryan for years that the wild, of which Samson claims to be master, will put the roar in the roarer. So, Ryan breaks out of the New York Zoo to go to the green boxes that take animals to the wild. There he will find his roar that will make him as great as his father.

The story is of the shenanigans of Samson and his friends; Nigel the koala (voice of Eddie Izzard), Bridget the giraffe (voice of Janeane Garofalo), Larry the snake (voice of Richard Kind) who accompany him through the streets and sewers of New York City to get to the green boxes and rescue Ryan.

Once they find the green box with Ryan in it, the ragtag vagabonds are unable to board the ocean freighter and find themselves aboard a tug boat. But does that sway Samson from continuing his quest to rescue Ryan? Only in animation can a lion pilot a tugboat across the Atlantic Ocean ... and make it.

When it is almost over, Ryan tells one of the bad guys "I'm sorry you didn't have a father like I have." What a powerful thing to say about your father.

While this film indeed presents some truly positive features, some are not so positive and might be of interest to you before you decide whether to set down with your tykes to view this film.

As pointed to in the beginning of this Summary/Commentary, The Wild is quite violent. Not in a gory or evil way but definitely in as realistic a way animation can portray. Sometimes the bad guy, when twenty feet tall and growling with 1000 watts of audio power, is larger than life to the small viewer.

The theater is not a TV. And when the bared teeth of that red-eyed 20-foot bad guy grow to be 20-foot tall themselves as that bad guy threatens to kill or eat the good guys, the impression is made and might be indelible. Not so? Did you have to fight back the lacrimal fluid when Travis shot Old Yeller? When the hunter killed Bambi's mother?

The content of PG-13 films has been steadily oozing into the "R" realm (see R-13). "G" oozing into a more severe stratum is no exception. This film earned a final score of 71 which falls deeply into the range of scores earned by PG films (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database, making it a PG-G. It will be very interesting when we can afford to compile the massive data we have accumulated from over 1000 films over eleven years to see how much the G and PG rating have decayed as has the PG-13 rating.

The strongest reasons this film earned the score of 71 were violence and impudence.

Several instances of slapstick violence such as slapping around another character, a hit to the face, attempted murder, animal attacks, brutality toward the young, "I'll kill them myself", kidnapping and the long sequence of threat of harm and death drained the starting 100 points in Wanton Violence/Crime severely. [Prov. 16:29] And, for the young, that the film was animation does not diminish the influence. Indeed, it focus the influence on the young.

Among other issues, crude and toilet humor took more than half of the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate. Instances such as a character on a commode, a character's head up the left nostril of another and several matters of mischief, flatulence, lying and running away to find glory were together expensive to the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate. [Eph. 5:4] On a positive note, there were no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted in the entire 80 minutes of the film.

The Sexual Immorality score was not that good due to the sexual humor such as the crotch hit, heavy attention to the posterior, the comment of Bridget to the squirrel "Stop looking at my spots. I'm up here" and the two instances of inappropriate touch (buttocks). [Again Eph. 5:4]

Though bad enough, God's name was used in vain only once and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] And the bad guys practiced false god worship [Ex. 20:3] and ritual sacrifice.

As another positive note, there were no noted instances of drugs and/or alcohol or tobacco or murder/suicide.

A complete listing of the observation findings is provided in the Findings/Scoring section of this report.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be a man (or woman) OR the behavior on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . And see 1 Cor. 15:33.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 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.]
  • Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. [God speaks condemningly about "other gods" 63 times in the KJV Bible, beginning with Ex. 20:3.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • 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 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.)

    The Wild (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • hit to face
  • slapping around, twice
  • animal threat
  • animal attack
  • fall with injury
  • brutality of the young
  • kidnapping
  • threat to eat character
  • attempted murder
  • "I'll kill 'em myself"
  • long battle sequence
  • long threat of harm and death

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • lie to son in story
  • crude humor - head up nostril
  • planning mischief
  • coaching to be mischievous
  • flatulence
  • father and son friction
  • living a lie
  • running away to find glory
  • body exudate humor
  • selfishness causing danger to others
  • character on commode
  • attention to fecal matter

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • crotch hit
  • sexual innuendo
  • inappropriate touch - buttocks, twice
  • talk of needing female underwear
  • attention to posterior, often

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • false god worship
  • ritual sacrifice

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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.

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