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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violent images

Sex & Nudity

  • Mild sexual innuendo throughout film, including dogs mentioning having sex
  • We see the mayors butt as he steps out of a hot tub for a brief moment.
  • Several times dogs are speculated to have "mated" with each other.

Violence & Gore

  • There is a brief scene of a severed head as a story about an alleged beheading is being narrated. A similar sight is seen subsequently on stage as part of a play with the severed head and some red thread dangling from the neck area. There is also a scene where a boy pulls out an antenna-like object from the side of his helmet with some drops of blood visible and a scene where a severed dog's ear can be seen lying on the ground. The violence is implied rather than depicted.
  • Numerous fight scenes, but most if not all are done in a very cartoonish manner, namely a bunch of arms and legs swinging around inside a big cloud. Not very graphic and is played more for a comedic effect.
  • A man is murdered by eating a piece of sushi dressed in poisoned wasabi. His dead body can be briefly seen later.
  • Some dogs briefly fight, and one of them rips off another one's ear. The dog who had its ear ripped off yelps in pain, and some blood is visible. This is discussed for a while, and later on the ear can later be seen lying on the ground. The dog later kicks it into a pile of trash.


  • Some language and crude terms such as "dammit", "son-of-a-b*tch", "I've seen cats with more balls...", a male dog describes a female dog as being a "b*tch".
  • Crap is used once

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Bloody imagery (although animated) could upset younger viewers.
  • The dogs are shown to live off garbage. A close-up of one meal shows a bag of rotten food with maggots crawling all over. The camera switches to side view when the dogs eat, so nothing graphic is seen, but it can be assumed that the dogs are eating the rotten food and maggots.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A kidney transplant is seen, including blood and quite graphic detail
  • There is a part where a dog joins a huge fight, and gets one of his eyes popped out and his legs broken. We think he is dead but in the end it just shows he is severely injured but still alive.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Towards the end of the film, Kobayashi announces a plan to exterminate all dogs living on Trash Island by poisoning them. Though this is not shown, and indeed the plot backfires, the thought of this may be upsetting to younger viewers.
  • There is a scene showing a research centre were experiments are completed on dogs. Later you see that some of the dogs show the scars of this or missing limbs. This is then followed up by a tale of dogs euthanizing a sick dog and then eating it because they wanted to put their friend out of its misery, and because they were hungry.
  • A meal preparation scene shows a live fish and crab being sliced up and pulled apart to make sushi. May be fascinating and enjoyable for mature food connoisseurs, but may also be disturbing for younger viewers. Additionally, poison wasabi (revealed by the word "poison" on the container) is applied to the sushi.

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