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MPAA Rated PG for action violence

Sex & Nudity

  • A female character and the main character are going to go swimming. The female character takes off her skirt, and she is wearing bikini bottoms under it. The female character asks the main character how he swims and he says "I swim pretty girl, I mean, pretty, pretty, pretty good. I swim pretty good." Obviously looking at her legs. This part is less than 5 seconds.
  • Kida wears a bikini top the entire time and it shows a bit of cleavage.
  • A man stands on his head and his robe flops down, presumably leaving him naked from the waist down. Of course, we don't see anything.
  • Revealing clothes worn by some female characters make the males bashful.
  • Talk by an older woman of sleeping in the nude.

Violence & Gore

  • Milo is shown to be bleeding in a few scenes.
  • There are two instances of blood in the entire movie, both relatively minor.
  • Edgier and darker than much Disney fare. There are apocalyptic scenes of mass destruction and large weapon caches, which include dynamite, nitroglycerin, machine guns, various hand guns, grenades, torpedoes, and more. All of these weapons are used at various points of the movie. Hundreds of shipmates are killed when they suffer an attack by a giant monster. Rourke punches the village elder and ultimately causes his death. Lots of explosions, a fight with an axe, a bad guy is chopped up by a blade, and there's an attempt to commit genocide. There are also some minor things, like Milo vomiting (not visibly) when on the ship.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Mr. Whitmore drinks two martinis in succession after doing yoga.
  • A character chain smokes.
  • Joke about whiskey.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Leviathan is extremely scary.
  • This movie is scarier and more intense than much Disney animated fare, with larger-than-life scenes of mass destruction (by crushing tidal wave, sea monsters, molten lava, and more). There are also lots of dive-bombing planes and guns, a huge robot monster, fire, and the deaths of hundreds of anonymous sailors. Major characters are in peril, and some are killed. The opening scene where Atlantis is destroyed may upset some viewers.


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Violence & Gore

  • By far the biggest body count in a Disney movie. Dozens of people are killed in explosions during the Leviathan attack and the final battle.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rourke turns into a hellish creature after being hurt by a piece of glass touched by the Crystal-controlled Kida, becoming a sort of evil version of the latter, with azure skin, glowing eyes, and communicating only with distorted screams.

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