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(2012)

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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action
Certification

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Some smashing, bashing and gouging things happen in Victor and Sparky's town of New Holland with most of the serious stuff taking place offscreen.
  • When Sparky's hit by a speeding car, we see everything leading up to the collision, but not the impact itself. And when Victor later digs up the dog's remains and sews the cut and injured areas back together (substituting a patch of patterned fabric for fur in one place) we again get the gist of the action without seeing anything gory or gross. The closest we come is when Victor screws bolts into a section of the pup's neck.
  • The resurrection experiment itself is a lightning bolt-charged sparkfest that sets electrical appliances to glowing and zaps the blanket-covered dog corpse with a sizzling, smoking blast of electricity. (It's all motivated by a science test that shocks leg-flinching "life" back into a dead frog's legs.)
  • The newly reanimated Sparky takes quite a few tumbles while regaining his living land legs, including falling off a roof and smashing through a window.
  • One rambunctious, happy hindquarters-shake results in the dog's tail falling off. (To which Victor exclaims, "I can fix that.") A similar thing later happens with one of the dog's ears.
  • The poodle next door is thrown back in a shocked tumble when she touches her nose to Sparky's neck bolt. Sparky is connected via jumper cables to a group of cars at one point.
  • A turtle is transformed into a Godzilla-like monster that crushes cars, smashes buildings and roars at passersby.
  • A rat becomes a man-sized beast that chases and slashes at people with razor claws.
  • A package of Sea-Monkeys are turned into gremlins that cause all manner of havoc until they blow up in gelatinous globs upon ingesting salt.
  • A cat holding a dead bat in its teeth undergoes quite a gruesome transformation into a flying demon thing that hisses and snaps at people with its sharp fangs. At one point it swoops in and carries off a girl. It's eventually impaled by a sharp beam that falls from a burning building.
  • Other than that cat, and another resurrected pet that's smashed flat by the Godzilla turtle, all the animals either explode in globs or are hit by lightning and revert back to their previously dormant state.
  • The county fairgrounds is pretty much devastated by these attacking creatures.
  • A mini golf course windmill is accidentally set on fire by a crowd of neighbors with torches.

Profanity

  • Name calling (Crazy, Weird, Insane, Menace, Mr Rice Kripsy, Ignorant, Stupid, Unenlightened, Primitive and Witchcraft.)
  • No actual profanity.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • We see glasses of wine on a table at a family dinner (they are untouched.)

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Despite its PG rating, this film SHOULD NOT be viewed by any children who are easily frightened, love animals, or are too easily upset.
  • A longer fight with the dog and the boy vs. a cat/vampire bat creature, which makes several sudden and quite frightening appearances.
  • The dog gets hit by a car.

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Violence & Gore

  • Various other kids find or dig up animals to bring back to life, and almost all of the creatures end up terrorizing others and causing destruction.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Small monsters pour beer from a keg and drink it at a carnival and the beer spills into a large puddle.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The boy's parents discover the reanimated dog and are horrified by it, and angry with their son. The dog takes fright and runs away.
  • A fairly intense, but brief, fight between the dog and a giant rat creature.

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