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Sex & Nudity

  • No sex. There are two nude sphinx statues with female breasts clearly shown.

Violence & Gore

  • When Bastian runs into some bullies, they chase him down an alley and throw him into a garbage dumpster.
  • Animal death scene, when Artax drowns in the swamps. May be upsetting to children. ( He comes back to life at the end)
  • A knight in armor is "zapped" by the golden sphynxes. His charred face is later shown up close on camera.
  • Blood is shown when Atreyu slaughters Gmork.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 100% of the appearance of Gmodk is very horrifying and scary for a lot of viewers. Gmork growls and roars like a wolf and is very scary in when he runs or attacks.
  • The fantastic ambient goes darker and more philosophically dense towards the end of the film.
  • Bastian being bullied at the start may be upsetting for kids who are going through that.
  • We see a knight getting killed by a statue that shoots a laser at him. Then when Atreyu comes near, the knight's helmet cracks open, showing us a glimpse of his charred skull.
  • The appearance of G'mork is very frightening.
  • Atreyu's confrontation with G'mork near the end is very intense, especially when Atreyu dramatically challenges G'mork to fight him. There is also a lot of blood when Atreyu stabs him.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film contains an extremely upsetting and emotionally powerful scene, where the hero's beloved horse Artax slowly sinks to his death in the Swamps of Sadness. As he sinks, Atreyu tearfully begs Artax not to give up, but is powerless to save him. During this, there are many close up shots of Atreyu crying, heightening the upsetting nature of the scene. At the end of the film, the horse comes back to life, but first-time viewers obviously won't know that.

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