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Starring: The Voices of Rob Schneider,
Heather Graham, Ken Jeong,
Bill Nighy

Genre: Animated/Comedy

Audience: All ages

Rating: PG

Runtime: 86 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Director: Trevor Wall

Executive Producer: Silvio Astarita, Paul Cummins,
Noah Fogelson, A.K. Madhavan

Producer: Daniel Altiere, Steven
Altiere, Nicolas Atlan, Alice,
Dewey, Ken Katsumoto, Steve
Rosen, Liz Young, Mike Young,
Andrew Tight

Writer: Daniel Altiere, Steven
Altiere, Malcolm T. Goldman

Address Comments To:

Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870



(PaPa, EE, FRFR, PCPC, AcapAcap, BB, C, V, MM) Strong pagan, mixed worldview with strong, false and politically correct environmentalist, anti-capitalist content (trying to save the Arctic Circle from humans and capitalist development allegedly destroying it), mixed with some strong moral and light redemptive content (hero is kind, encouraging, selfless), and some New Age, pagan thinking, including meditating about the universe (“There are no problems, only messages from the universe”); no foul language but some crude humor including jokes about the using the bathroom, bird pooping on humans, animals pee in fishbowl, animals pee on tree, animals pass gas a lot; brief violence including polar bear hunting seal, men beating up other man in polar beat suit, several people get shot with tranquilizer guns, bears get shot with tranquilizer guns; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or offensive drug content; and, strong miscellaneous immorality and bad thinking includes moose gamble, corrupt king, bad father figure, CEO meditates in several scenes, corrupt councilwoman, hero breaks into someone’s office, hero steals flash drive, and people lie.


NORM OF THE NORTH is a family movie about a polar bear, who goes to great lengths to save his family and home. NORM OF THE NORTH is a mediocre family movie and has a mixed pagan worldview designed to promote environmentalist pseudo-science, mixed with some positive moral elements and a New Age comment about the universe, along with some scatological comedy.


NORM OF THE NORTH is an animated movie about a polar bear that contains some questionable elements and scatological humor, but is mixed with some strong moral elements.

Norm is a polar bear who lives in the Arctic Circle, but he’s unlike all of the other bears. Norm is in line to be King of the Arctic, but he can’t even hunt for himself. There is something special about Norm, however. He has the ability to communicate with the human tourists constantly visiting the Arctic Circle. Norm’s grandfather tells him that he’s special, and someday he will be able to use his gift to help his family and friends, but Norm doesn’t believe him until the humans decide to build condos in the Arctic.

When Norm and his friends find out about the plans to build condos in their home, they devise a plan to stop the humans. Norm hitches a ride on a boat to New York City where Mr. Greene is planning the condo construction. When Norm gets to New York, he pretends to be an actor and becomes the mascot for Greene Homes. The public loves Norm, which he tries to use to his advantage to encourage everyone that the Arctic Circle should be left alone. Mr. Greene, however, has different plans and is on to Norm and his schemes to stop him from making a fortune.

Will Norm be able to stop Mr. Greene from building in the Arctic? Will he be able to convince his friends and family that he will make a good King of the Arctic?

NORM OF THE NORTH is a mediocre movie at best. It has some unimpressive animation, plot clichés and easy to write but unpleasant scatological humor.

Throughout the movie, Norm is kind and encouraging to everyone around him, but he really learns how special he is. He’s always looking out for others instead of himself. In the beginning, instead of eating a seal he has hunted and finally cornered, Norm lets the seal go because he feels compassion for the animal. Norm is the good moral voice of the story while Mr. Greene is the rich capitalist full of greed, who only wants to be powerful without regard for anyone else’s feelings.

However, NORM OF THE NORTH is full of false and politically correct environmentalist, anti-capitalist messages. The movie’s entire plot is about saving the polar bears from humans who are destroying the environment. The villain is a greedy businessman. Also, the dialogue is filled with jokes and references to global warming and environmental disaster, including jokes about ocean levels rising, humans destroying the Arctic and the Arctic melting.

Although Norm is seen as the hero in the story, he has some moments where he doesn’t choose the moral option. He breaks into someone’s office and steals something out of his desk, as well as lies about who he is and asks other people to lie for him. NORM OF THE NORTH does, however, have good messages about helping others and taking care of your family above yourself.

All in all, however, most media-wise families will want to skip NORM OF THE NORTH.

In Brief:

NORM OF THE NORTH is an animated family comedy about a polar bear able to communicate with humans which the other polar bears can’t do. When humans threaten to build condos in the Arctic Circle, Norm knows he must use his gift to save his family and home. He hitches a ride on a boat and travels to New York with a plan to stop the construction. Mr. Greene, who owns the condo company, doesn’t care about the environment or anyone but himself. He doesn’t care who gets in his way as long as he gets rich by building condos in the Arctic. Will Norm be able to stop Mr. Greene from building in the Arctic?

NORM OF THE NORTH is a mediocre animated movie with some cheesy dialogue and unimpressive animation. It has a strong pagan, environmentalist worldview with the entire plot being about saving the polar bears and the Arctic. There is, however, some underlying moral, redemptive elements about selflessness and helping your friends and family. Caution is advised because of some crude humor and the unbiblical, questionable worldview elements.

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‘Left Behind 2’ Is Coming, and This Time It Will Not Water Down Christian Message, According to Producer

A distribution deal for the sequel to the recent “Left Behind” movie that starred Nicholas Cage has been struck and a producer of the film says it will stick closer to the books and will be aimed specifically at the Christian audience.

by Vincent Funaro
The film’s pre-production was confirmed Wednesday and will be released through Cloud Ten Pictures in the summer of 2016.

David Heimbecker, who works for the studio, commented on the original film’s reception and what they might do differently the second time around.

Heimbecker stated that the studio attempted to appeal to an audience beyond just Christians and with “Left Behind 2” they want to satisfy their core audience.

“What we tried to do with the first move was reach out beyond the current fan and try and get more people interested in End Times prophecy. And the problem with that is, we’re walking a line with core Christians. We weren’t following the doctrine as closely as they wanted to see it happen,” Heimbecker said in a statment to The Christian Post. “To more secular consumers of the film, it was religious propaganda. You’re walking a line and unfortunately, like we’re doing with the next one, we’re completely targeting Christians.”

Heimbecker agreed that the first film’s faith message and theology was watered down and claims this was done to reach a larger audience. However, he also admits that this approach failed.

“One of the problems with many Christian films is that they do well with people who are already core Christians, but we were trying to use [“Left Behind”] as an [evangelism] tool but it did not cross the line.”

Heimbecker hoped the original film would spark conversations with non-believers by presenting the Gospel in the different format of End Times fiction. And even though it wasn’t a massive success, many fans on social media admitted the movie sparked their interest in church and the Bible.

A screenshot from a video in an 'Indiegogo' campaign to fund a sequel to the 2014 film 'Left Behind' which features actors Nicholas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Cassie Thomson. Read more at

A screenshot from a video in an ‘Indiegogo’ campaign to fund a sequel to the 2014 film ‘Left Behind’ which features actors Nicholas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Cassie Thomson.

“Clearly, the goal was to do that on a grander scale. And since it didn’t cross the line what we’re basically doing, moving forward, is following the books much more closely,” he continued.

In order to speed up the process of creating a sequel to “Left Behind,” Cloud Ten created an Indiegogo campaign to secure the final production costs to push the sequel’s production forward.

“The crowdfunding campaign is to bridge the gap,” he said. “We have investors who invested in the first film, but aren’t able to give up the money [for the sequel] until they recoup from the first one. In order to get started in pre-production that’s all this is about, is getting started now because it takes 12 to 18 months to shoot a film and get it to market. So we want to make sure we can do that and get it out by summer next year.”

Heimbecker was not able to confirm if Nicholas Cage would return as the lead in the film, but did state that some of the other actors are under contract for two sequels.

April 10, 2015 | by Vincent Funaro , Christian Post Reporter |Original Source: "'Left Behind 2' Is Coming, and This Time It Will Not Water Down Christian Message, According to Producer."

Let’s Call ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ What It Is: “Perverted”

Fifty Shades Grey Feature

When the novel Fifty Shades of Grey was published three years ago, critics described it as “dull and poorly written,” “depressing” and “a sad joke.” Yet, it sold 100 million copies. Women were fascinated by the dark tale of a 21-year-old college student, Ana Steele, who falls in love with a handsome but mysterious young billionaire named Christian Grey after she interviews him for a newspaper.

by J. Lee Grady
The book was accurately dubbed “mommy porn” because it is sexually graphic and full of crude language, and also because Christian expects his girlfriends to totally submit to his sexual tastes—which involve whips, chains, handcuffs and gray neckties.

This is not just mainstream porn. This is mainstream bondage porn. And it’s coming to a theater near you, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The movie version of the book will hit theaters on Feb. 13, and Fandango says Fifty Shades of Grey is already breaking records for advance ticket sales. Presumably, fans of the book will be lining up at the cineplex to watch Christian abuse Ana in his bedroom, which she calls the Red Room of Pain.

Critics expected the film to be rated N-17. (After all, the actor who plays Christian, Jamie Dornan, visited a sex dungeon to prepare for the role.) But the Motion Picture Association of America announced last week that Fifty Shades will be rated R. That means (1) the sex scenes were edited carefully, (2) teenagers can see it legally, and (3) the movie will probably make a ton of money.

I think I’m going to be sick.

We Americans get really angry when oil companies spill toxic fuel in our oceans; yet we applaud when Hollywood dumps a tanker of poisonous garbage like Fifty Shades of Grey on our country—with no offer to clean up the damage. We should be outraged. I’m not going to picket my local theater when this movie debuts, but I’m urging people to think before they spend $10.50 to flush what’s left of American decency down the toilet.

Here are three of the biggest reasons why we should urge everyone to cover their eyes and run from Fifty Shades of Grey:

1. It encourages sexual deviance.

In the novel, Christian invites Ana to become his sexual partner, but he asks her to sign a document that spells out what he plans to do to her—and he demands that she tell no one about it. The contract says:The Submissive shall accept whippings, floggings, spankings, canings, paddlings, or any other discipline the Dominant should decide to administer, without hesitation, inquiry or complaint.” Ana finds out that Christian has had relationships like this with 15 other women—and yet she still pursues him, agrees to the painful sex and enjoys it.

There might have been some redemptive value in this movie if Ana called the police or ran out of Christian’s penthouse and refused his advances because she respected herself. But no—she submits to the abuse, and signals to women everywhere that there is pleasure in pain. The film also tells women that it’s OK to be a mindless sexual slave, especially if your boyfriend is rich, handsome and has his own helicopter.

2. It glorifies violence against women.

Last year a researcher from the University of Michigan did a study on the effects of Fifty Shades of Grey on women readers. It showed that women who read the books (it is actually a trilogy) were 25 percent more likely to have an abusive partner; 34 percent were more likely to have a partner who stalked them; and 65 percent were more likely to engage in binge drinking.

Just as there is a link between violent video games and violent behavior in teen boys, this study showed that women who read graphic porn novels tend to gravitate toward the types of abusive relationships depicted in books like Fifty Shades. The study also showed that these women were more likely to have eating disorders. (Interestingly, the dominant male character in Fifty Shades carefully controls his girlfriend’s eating habits.)

3. It totally perverts the meaning of love.

In one scene in the book, Christian buys Ana a platinum and diamond bracelet so she can cover the bruises on her wrists—which she got after being tied to her boyfriend’s bed. The message from Ana’s lover: I will hurt you, but I will buy you nice gifts so you will stay with me. That’s twisted. And couples are going to see this movie on Valentine’s Day?

One of the most bizarre moments in the book occurs after Ana leaves Christian and then goes back to him. She says: “The physical pain you inflicted was not as bad as the pain of losing you.” Any psychologist will tell you that is the mentality of an abuse victim, who is brainwashed to believe that the attention she gets from her abuser is better than no attention at all.

True love is not about pain, domination or control—but Hollywood is happy to serve big helpings of this slop if people are willing to pay for it. Please protect women. Please defend decency. Please don’t support this movie.

1/28/2015 J. LEE GRADY via: "Let’s Call 'Fifty Shades of Grey' What It Is: Perverted"

What Lisa Wilkinson thinks about 50 Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades Grey Feature

TODAY Show host Lisa Wilkinson has levelled a passionate broadside at the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon, calling it “domestic violence dressed up as erotica“.

February 12: Wilkinson was unequivocal in her scathing review of the film, which depicts a BDSM relationship between a wealthy man and a naive, 19-year-old woman.


The full transcript of Lisa Wilkinson’s review

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