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The Powerpuff Girls Movie | 2002 | PG | - 1.3.1

Based on the Cartoon Network animated TV show, this full-length feature explains how the three little lady superheroes (Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup) were created. They also get to battle their perennial nemesis, Mojo Jojo, although this time he's Mo Mojo Jojo and they really have to hurry up and save Townsville and the world since it's almost bedtime. A short titled "Chicken Scratch" based on the Cartoon Network show "Dexter's Laboratory," concerns Dexter who's covered with red itchy spots while his friend tells him that if he scratches he'll turn into a chicken. With the voices of Cathy Cavadini, Tara Charendoff, E G Daily, Tom Kenny and Tom Kane. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A character is shown in tight-fitting suits that expose thighs and cleavage. We see a man's buttock cleavage when his pants droop down. And, we see a monkey's bare buttocks. In "Chicken Scratch" we see a boy in his underwear a few times and a couple of those times we can see his buttock cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A huge monkey and three girls fight; they are zapped by laser eyes, they are thrown into buildings, one is pinned under a building, the monkey shoots spikes and one girl is nearly hit as she runs through the street; the monkey is pounded on and he falls from a skyscraper toward a man standing in the street below. People are terrorized (they run, scream and panic) by primates running through city streets and inflicting different forms of abuse and destruction: one spits from the air, others roll through the streets in machinery, one throws banana peels on the streets. Three girls jump into a volcano with bubbling lava (after they are told to). A monkey is injected in the brain, he grows to enormous size, has a booming voice, and large pointed teeth. A girl pounds on an ape, and many monkeys fall from the sky and land with a splat on the street; a chain of monkeys (like in Barrel of Monkeys) is tied up and they break apart, a monkey is covered with red goop, a monkey is shaken until it falls limp, and another is pounded on repeatedly. Several bad guys are knocked out when they are each hit in the head by a flying garbage can lid. Several bad guys mug an elderly woman and three girls pound on them (we see the bad guys in a pile in a jail cell). A group of primates are in glass containers and are zapped with a charge and we see their brains grow and protrude through their skulls. A man is grabbed by the throat and held, and a man is pinned to the ground under a monkey's foot. Two girls fight and roll around. A baby in a stroller has a bomb on its lap, a dog is nearly injured several times (one time he is shoved under water, once he is nearly run over, etc.). Three girls are surrounded and threatened by a group of bad guys in a dark alley. Three girls play tag and tear up an entire city in the process, leaving only smoldering rubble: when the girls fly fast they leave trenches in the streets, they crash into windows, they tag each other and send each other flying through walls and windows. Cars are tossed through the air, a car crashes into a building, a car is cut in half, and a huge globe rolls off the top of a skyscraper and crashes onto the street below. A hole is blown through the side of a building and we see people lying in the rubble (nobody appears injured). Three girls are abandoned and they walk through dark streets trying to find their way back home. A man punches a man in the face, and a man is punched in the face repeatedly. A bad guy holds a cashier at gunpoint during a robbery. A cauldron bubbles violently and explodes (we see a man lying unconscious on the floor). A bank building smolders from a hole blown in its wall. A monkey punches a TV screen, it shatters, and he runs through a laboratory breaking things. A man slips on stairs and nearly falls. We see photos of primates with large pointed teeth. Three girls have laser beam eyes (they use them to cut holes in a wall in order to make windows), super strength and they can fly. A dog urinates and we see and hear it. B.M. Blowout is written out on a plaque. In "Chicken Scratch": A girl describes her understanding of how people get chicken pox and a boy imagines himself being pecked by chickens. A boy is zapped repeatedly by a robot and we see him light up and eventually his hair smolders. A boy is covered with red, raised, sometimes throbbing bumps and he scratches them frantically with his hands, pointed objects and spiked objects. A boy straps himself to a wall, but the discomfort of itching sores drives him to break loose and scratch violently. A boy yells at a girl. We hear a toilet flushing.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild anatomical term, some name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parenting, family, being different, being special, hate, lying, dictatorship, greed, heroes, myths about illnesses.

MESSAGE - People are sometimes slow to accept others who may be different, since being special and unique scares people. We must take responsibility for our mistakes. Don't scratch.

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