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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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Sex & Nudity

Nala makes "bedroom eyes" at Simba, implying she wants to mate with him. Most children probably won't pick up on this.

Nala and simba tend to roll and pin each other. As youngsters this is shown in a innocent light, as they get older it gains sexual connotations. Young viewers proberly will miss this however.

Violence & Gore

Though never bloody, there are several sharp-toothed battles. In an early scene, the slavering hyenas crawl out from their dark, steaming boneyard to threaten young Simba, Nala and Zazu, who is the king's majordomo. They stick Zazu in a lava pit in an effort to cook him (he rockets off with a smoking trail) and then lunge with snapping jaws at the scurrying cubs. Simba scratches a hyena's face in defense of Nala. Just before disaster strikes, Mufasa charges in and bats the hyenas violently about. Scar tosses his hyena friends the haunch of a zebra and the creatures quickly begin eating it offscreen. (Scraps of striped skin dangle briefly from their gobbling mouths.) PG

A massive tussle between an older Simba and the lionesses and scores of glowering-eyed hyenas fills the screen with snarling, snapping teeth, scratching claws and leaping flames. Simba and Scar pummel each other in slow motion. Just as he did with Mufasa, Scar digs his claws into Simba's paws. PG

One of the more frightening and peril-filled scenes for younger viewers finds Mufasa and a young Simba struggling to escape from a flood of stampeding antelope. The lions are kicked, stomped and sent careening back and forth by the herd. Mufasa lifts Simba to safety but, thanks to Scar, tumbles backward into the surging mass of animals. We later see Mufasa lying still, seemingly unscathed but undoubtedly dead as Simba tries to nudge him awake. PG

Comedically, Zazu is bumped back and forth by a variety of animals during a musical number. And he ends up pinned beneath the ample rump of a female rhino. A hyena falls into a briar patch and emerges covered in barbs and stickers. G

Rafiki, a baboon fights a pack of hyenas. Done for comedic effect.

Profanity

Several uses of "geez." A hyena calls his barb-covered fellow a "cactus butt." A yell substitutes for an unspoken profanity when we hear, "Why do I always have to save your AHHHH!"

Fart is almost said

None

All of the comments below are more disturbing in the fratricidal context of Scar, who sets up his brother Mufasa, to be killed in a stampede so that he can be King. Even worse, he convinces his mourning nephew Simba that it is his fault. And then, encourages young Simba to leave the safety of their kingdom for a dangerous place in hopes that he is killed off by hyenas (eliminating future competition). The idea that an uncle would deliberately guilt his nephew away from his own family for personal gain is unbearable. A tragic tale of a good brother, a bad brother (& uncle) and an innocent cub. The uncle embodies selfishness, greed and betrayal. The father is simply a victim who trusts his brother. The cub is conned, but survives, makes friends and finds the courage to defeat his uncle in the end.

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Most of the movie is quite emotional, either from overwhelming happiness, or from sadness.

A cub mourns over his father's death, while standing next to his corpse. This is a very long, and emotional scene. Most children, and adults will find it very sad. PG

The elephant graveyard and chase scene may frighten some young children. PG

A stampede of wildebeest nearly tramples young Simba to death. This is a long scene, and is one of the main intense parts of the movie. PG

During the wildebeest stampede, Mufasa is thrown off of a cliff by Scar, and perishes. The shot cuts away seconds before he hits the ground. PG

Simba and Scar have a brutal fight at the climax of the movie. This is a very intense scene. The two lions bite and slash at each other, but little or no blood is shown due to the firey red scene.

During the fight scene at the end of the movie, Simba is thrown off the edge of a cliff, but grabs onto the edge, and is dangling over a firest fire, but doesn't fall.This part can be intense. PG

Simba's reaction of horror to the stampede coming toward him could be unnerving for young viewers, mainly due to the darker lighting, extreme close-up and possibly being *too* convincing for conveying fear to a young child (the target audience). PG

Scar will scare young children

At least two hyenas are show to be slightly insane. May unsettle very sensitive viewers. But done more for comedy.

The hyenas parade themselves in a way similar to goose stepping nazis. Most will not pick on this but may unsettle.

The idea of a threat coming from within a family/from someone seemingly trustworthy may disturb/frighten young children

Suggested MPAA rating: PG for some violence.

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Certification:
Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G (British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) / Canada:F (Ontario) / Chile:TE / Finland:K-8/5 / France:U / Germany:o.Al. / Greece:K / Hong Kong:I / Iceland:L / India:U / Ireland:G / Malaysia:U (2011) / Netherlands:AL / Netherlands:6 (new rating) (2011) / New Zealand:G / Norway:7 / Peru:PT / Philippines:G (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/6 / Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) / Singapore:G / Singapore:PG (3D Version) / South Korea:All / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:GP / UK:U / USA:G (No. 33108)

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