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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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A cricket puts his hand on a female doll's clothed behind by accident. He makes a few innuendos in some points during the film.

A mother doll is shown spanking her son on his bare behind. This is seen in two halves of the movie, but they last for a second.


Sequences of mild cartoon violence.

A puppet is seen playing with fire for a brief moment.

A kitten is picked up by the scruff of the neck by his owner; However, he is not harmed.

A fox hits a cat on his head with a mallet two times. The cat bashes the fox on his head, using the same object. He is OK.

There is a coded talk for a killing, but children will not notice it.

A cricket falls into billiard holes twice. This is played for laughs.


A dated use of the word, "Gypsy" may be offensive to some viewers.

Three utters of the word, "Jackass," but it is meant to refer to a donkey.


Cigar smoking and beer drinking throughout, especially by children, but the substances are clearly identified as a source of the ensuing punishment and made to seem very unappealing.

Geppeto Smokes a pipe in bed.

Lampwick offers Pinocchio a glass of beer, Pinocchio accepts, but doesn't drink it.

J. Worthington Foulfellow uses a cigar.

In a pub where J.Worthington Foulfellow and The Coachman meet up, they smoke cigarettes and drink alcoholic beverages.Gideon The Cat is seen smoking a cigarette and exhaling a smoke ring. Which he then takes and dips it in a mug of alcoholic beverage. He then later drinks the contents of the mug and hiccups.

The "Approved" and "G" ratings are out of date. Today, this film would definitely warrant a "PG" certificate by the MPAA.

A child transforms into a donkey right in front of a main character and the audience's eyes. This will frighten very young children.

A villanious character's face turns red as he makes a grinning look up close to the camera which could be very frightening.

A puppet is thrown and locked into a cage by a man in a violent manner. He begs and pleads to be freed, but the man threatens to make him into firewood.

At one moment, the puppet grows a donkey's ears and tail, which causes him to panic.

An elderly man and his pets are seen living inside a whale's stomach.

The puppet and a school of fish try to swim away from a whale underwater and are eaten. He is unharmed. Later, he and the elderly man are chased by the furious animal. These are very intense scenes. The man becomes unconscious, and the puppet manages to swim to a small cave. The whale lunges and bashes into the rocky wall of the opening, causing a wave to form and killing the puppet instantly. His dead body is seen two times. The man, cricket and pets are seen alive.

While this film is geared towards children, some of the scenes listed in this guide will most likely scare them, but they should have no problem with it.

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary action and moments, alcohol use, and brief mild language.

NOTE: We KNOW that Pinocchio gets periled, that will cause spoilers and too long for an MPAA rating, also the smoking was good for it's time.

Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Brazil:Livre / Canada:F (Ontario) / Denmark:A / Finland:S / Germany:0 / Iceland:L / Ireland:G / New Zealand:G / Peru:PT / Portugal:M/6 / South Korea:All / Sweden:Btl / UK:U / USA:Passed (National Board of Review) / USA:Approved (certificate #4646) (original rating) / USA:G (re-rating) (1970)

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