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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Although accidental and not actually seen, Dorothy's house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East and kills her (we see just her feet sticking out from under the house).

Some "alive" apple trees throw apples at Dorothy and the Scarecrow.

The Wicked Witch throws a fireball at the Scarecrow.

The Lion dives and crashes through a window in the Wizard's chamber to get out.

Some flying monkeys chase the foursome, abduct Dorothy and literally tear and stomp the stuffing out of the Scarecrow (who's okay).

The Wicked Witch's guards throw spears at Toto as the pooch escapes her castle.

Some guards grab the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion and we see some apparent struggling behind a rock wall

The Wicked Witch sets the Scarecrow's arm on fire.

The Witch "melts" after she's hit with water.


None but there is a very discreet reference when Auntie Em says to Miss Gulch, "For twenty-three years I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you, and now, well, being a Christian woman I can't say it!"


The witch casts a spell on Dorothy which sends her to sleep, but there is no indication of it being caused by a drug.


Some kids may be upset when Gulch says that she wants to take Toto and have him "destroyed" and then leaves with the pooch in a basket.

The scene in the Witch's castle, where she starts the hourglass and tells Dorothy that "That's how much longer you've got to be alive", and Dorothy cries out "I'm frightened, Auntie Em, I'm frightened" could be extremely frightening to children.

The scenes where the tornado approaches the farm just as Dorothy arrives (including views of her inside the farmhouse as things are blown about, and later images of the house up inside the tornado, etc...) may be frightening to some kids.

The initial shots of the Wizard's chamber (flames and a green projected head), along with Dorothy and the trio's frightened reactions to that may have the same effect on younger kids.

Dorothy and the trio go through a "haunted forest" and then encounter some flying monkeys that chase the foursome in a scene that may be unsettling or frightening to very young kids.


Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) / Canada:F (Ontario) / Canada:G (video rating) / Finland:K-8 (1988) / Finland:S (1943) / France:Tous publics / Germany:0 / Hong Kong:I / Iceland:L / Ireland:G / Japan:G / Malaysia:U (DVD) / Netherlands:AL (video rating) / New Zealand:G / Norway:A / Peru:Apt / Philippines:G / Portugal:M/4 / Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) / Singapore:G / South Korea:All / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / UK:A (original rating) / UK:U (tv rating) / UK:U (video rating: additional material) (2010) / UK:U (online) (2008) / UK:U (re-release) (2006) / UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1995) (2001) / USA:Passed / USA:Approved (certificate #5364) (original release) / USA:G (re-rating) (1970)

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