Robin Hood (1973)

Rated: G
Length:  83 min.
Age: 4+                      commonsense media sez:  5+

Scary Factor: Much brawling, though very slapsticky. Battle at climax involves fire and threat. At the end it appears for a moment that Robin has been killed, but the suspense doesn’t last long.

Interests: Robin Hood, history, British history, kings, knights, castle, romance

Next: MOVIE: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)



My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Rated: G
Length:  86 min.
Age: 4 and up.        commonsense media sez: 5+

Scary Factor: soot sprites are creepy, and provide one big Startle Moment (see below); Totoro seems scary at first glance, but is soon revealed to be friendly

Also: issue of Mother sick in hospital may bother some, but whole situation is treated gently, and without worry until late in film when girls grow concerned (see more below)

Interests: monster/spirits, magic, nature, country life, Japan

Next: Director Miyazaki has two other films for this age group: Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service; for older kids try: Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle


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