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MPAA Rated PG for scary sequences and images

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Scrooge can be tossed up in the air in some scenes.
  • No gore, but the film contains a lot of macabre imagery and several jump-out-of-your-seat moments which may frighten young children
  • Mild slapstick violence during the chase sequences.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Snuff is used briefly by a character.
  • Characters raise glasses of ale and wine during party sequences.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The loud and continuous ringing of the bells in the scene that introduces the ghost of Scrooge's old business partner, Jacob Marley.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is by far the scariest part of the film. He is portrayed as a shadow of a cloaked figure that will occasionally gain a tangible form, highly reminiscent to the Grim Reaper.
  • This is without a doubt Disney's darkest animated film, being even darker than "The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)", "The Black Cauldron (1985)" and "Pocahontas (1995)".
  • The ghosts that visit Scrooge can be frightening in their own ways. Jacob Marley's ghost whose appearance is ghoulish and who wails loudly when not speaking in a creepy voice. At one point, his jaw becomes unhinged and he continues trying talking to Scrooge like that until he re-fastens his jaw. The sequence leading up to his appearance as he drags his chains up to Scrooge's bedchamber is very suspenseful.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals two malnourished, angry children who represent Ignorance and Want who each act savage and insane.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present dies a disturbing death. As a clock tolls, he ages and becomes a skeleton who then fades to dust all while laughing.
  • The Christmas Yet to Come sequence includes a fast-paced chase sequence with wild dogs and demonic horses.
  • As a very faithful version of the Dickens story, death and one's own mortality are the dominant themes of the film. The films contains imagery of corpses, coffins and cemeteries as well as a lot of dialogue about death, dying and regret. Also, the film has dark visuals, a generally somber tone, and incredible lifelike-looking animation, which all enhance these aspects.

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