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The King and I | 1999 | G | - 1.3.1

The animated version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic play about a stubborn Siamese king and the outspoken English schoolteacher who helps him learn to rule more compassionately. With the voices of Armi Arabe, David Burnham, Alan Hong, Christiane Noll, Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Adam Wylie, Darryl Hammond, Ian Richardson and Tracy Venner Warren.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A kiss. We briefly see a man's underwear when his pants fall down.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A girl falls into a river and a boy jumps in to save her; they're both rescued by a man. A man shoots a firecracker/rocket at a hot air balloon and it catches on fire; all but one of the passengers jumps into the water below (they're not injured). A man crashes to the ground in the damaged hot air balloon and appears to be dead, but he eventually wakes up and is fine. A dragon breathes fire at people and destroys the barrel they're hiding behind. A man threatens to whip a girl. A boy punches several guards and grabs the girl they were holding. An alligator snaps his jaws at a man and snakes nearly bite some people. All the other incidences of violence are played for laughs: A boy accidentally shoots a crossbow and nearly hits a man in the head, a boy knocks a man down, a man is hit in the head with several balls, a ball and chain gets wrapped around a man's neck, and a machine throws knives around a man's body, pinning him to the wall. A man falls into water and nearly gets bitten by snapping lobsters. Twice, we see boys kickboxing; one boy gets his nose a little bloody. In various scenes, a man runs into a pole and is hit in the mouth, kicked in the face and tripped; each time, he loses a tooth. Several times a man is pelted with fruit; one time, pieces get stuck in his mouth and eyes. A man shoves a mirror in a man's mouth and "bops" him on the top of his head. Twice, a large cat swats a man with its tail. A man swats at a monkey and guards swing their swords at the monkey. An elephant wraps a man in his trunk then spins him into a tree; after the man climbs up the tree, the elephant shakes it and large pieces of fruit fall on the man's head.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Some mild name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Monarchies, kingdoms, 19th century Siam, traditions, falling in love, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Don't follow tradition blindly; outdated traditions should be changed.

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