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Strange World | 2022 | PG | – 1.3.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Strange World” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “action/peril and some thematic elements.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes between and husband and his wife, a few flirting scenes between two teen boys, several attacks by unusual creatures in an unidentified place with one person being taken away and not seen again, scenes with dangerous adventures, many arguments and discussions of exploration and the importance of understanding your environment, and some name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Animated feature about a young man (voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal) making a discovery while on an expedition with his father (Dennis Quaid) that will forever change the lives of the people of his small village. Also with the voices of Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, Karan Soni, Alan Tudyk, Adelina Anthony, Abraham Benrubi and Jonathan Melo. Directed by Don Hall & Qui Nguyen. [Running Time: 1:42]

Strange World SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife kiss and hug in a few scenes and their teenage son complains about seeing them.
 A teenage boy flirts is awkwardly with another teen boy that he has a crush on. A man introduces himself to a teen boy that his son has a crush on, and embarrasses his son. A man talks about his first crush and that when they kissed for the first time, their braces got stuck together; he says, “It wasn’t such a bad thing.” A man tells his father that the father’s wife moved on with another man (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man tries to give his teenage grandson advice on how to attract someone he has a crush on.

Strange World VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Pterodactyl-like flying creatures swoop around a couple of flying vessels and snap at the people onboard and the pilot is wrapped by a creature’s long tongue and pulled out of the ship through a broken windshield causing it to nose dive deeper into the hole; a woman climbs into the pilot seat and pulls it up, but they crash through vegetation and eventually land on a ledge and a man and a dog are thrown off the ship and land hard on the ground (they’re OK). A young man shrieks when he touches a plant that zaps him with an electrical shock; the sound causes ice and snow to crumble around him and others in his group and a walkway breaks away under them causing the young man to fall and a man attached to a rope jumps after him (they get back to a ledge without injury). A man blows a flamethrower at monsters attacking a ship and a woman jumps on them and stabs them with a knife; they then throw glowing spheres at the monsters and they are shocked and fall. Heavy roots twist and join at a central spot in a cave and we see pterodactyl-like creatures with long beaks picking at the hardened surface; they are shocked and we see glowing underneath as people on a flying vessel prepare to spray the attackers with a dust made of shocking powder.
 A gelatinous creature calls for help and two larger multi-tentacled creatures move toward it and chase a man and a dog (they get away unharmed). Two multi-tentacled creatures fight over a plane part and one eats the part. A creature with long tentacles reaches toward a man and a dog and another man shoots it with a flamethrower. A man and his teen son argue when he realizes that he has stowed away on a ship; the ship is thrown around and a dog falls but is caught. We see drawings of a man falling into a deep hole and we hear him describing a burning sea swirling violently (we understand that it is a sea of acid) and he says that it will burn the flesh off your bones. Many multi-tentacled creatures move toward a teen boy threateningly and a man blows a flamethrower at them; the humans jump off a ledge and float along a stream of creatures as they fly and swim past. A teen boy throws shocking spheres at creatures that are attacking them (we see them entwined with electricity and they fall down). A dog falls over the railing of a ship a couple of times and a gelatinous creature pulls it back onboard. A man and a teen boy see a giant eye open on the side of a mountain and they are alarmed.
 People walk through a snow-covered passage and we see stalactites hanging from the ceiling; one large one falls and nearly hits a man when he speaks loudly. A man swings on a vine over water and dangerous creatures jump toward him and snap at him; we hear about the man forging through raging water and we see him trudging up snow-covered mountains. Two men walk through what looks like vegetation and one of the men uses a flamethrower to make a path. A large amount of slime falls on a man and covers him; he peels his way out and a creature slurps up the slime. A man and a dog are absorbed into a creature (we see them sinking inside it until another man pulls them out (we see them covered with slime but they seem OK). A man is shocked by a glowing sphere, his hair stands on end and he falls off a ladder (he’s OK). What looks like a giant heart throbs and beats.
 A teen boy speeds on a flying scooter searching for his father and stops on a ledge; the ground moves (it looks like a mushroom cap that lifts off the ground) and the boy is thrown into a hole (he moans but is OK). A teen boy runs screaming through a cave and is surprised that he has made it through without incident; he becomes nervous when he hears noises and something crawls on his back (we see that it is a gelatinous creature that the boy fights with and slams it into a rock; the creature complains but it is OK and slaps the boy in the face). A gelatinous creature is zapped by a sphere with an electrical charge; we see a charred mark on its limb and a teen boy wraps it with a cloth. A man shows a teen boy how to use a flamethrower. A man, a woman and a teen boy are locked in a storage closet and they try to instruct their dog how to open the door (it opens the door eventually). A man is knocked off a flying scooter by a falling stalactite and tumbles to the ground unharmed. A man slams into a door trying to break it open and falls back moaning. A man hacks at a root connection and is zapped with every blow; another man helps and the same thing happens to him until a hole is opened and many creatures pour into the hole. A house rumbles and shakes and when three people go outside they see a large flying vessel landing in their field; the man yells that they are going to crush their crops. A flying vessel lowers into a deep hole in the ground and we see roots and glowing vines.
 A teen boy yells and storms away from two men. Two men and a teen boy argue over a card game. A man talks about creatures called “reapers” and says that they “lure you to your death.” A woman says that they are going on an expedition to save a plant that appears to be dying. People in a small village talk about wanting to see what is beyond the mountains that surround them; we see a skull in the snow as we hear that people that have tried to find out have not succeeded. A man imagines his son growing up to be like his grandfather and he hears his voice saying, “He’s going to leave you.” A man and his son argue in several scenes. A man is dismissive about his son’s interest in “gardening.” A man tells his son that farming is in his blood. A man asks another man to forge his father’s autograph. A man says, “Most things want to eat you.” A man tells his father that the father’s wife moved on with another man and he becomes very upset threatening and yelling. A woman threatens her teen son with being grounded for life. A character says, “I’m so glad we’re not dead.” A teen boy explains that he doesn’t like the idea of exterminating creatures. A pilot says that there is no way she can fly through an area where there is acid bubbling beneath them until tiny creatures carry them through to safety.
 A dog lifts its leg and urinates; we briefly see a urine stream and hear trickling. A dog bites a glowing ball and is zapped with electricity a few times. A dog is shown to have three legs. A dog licks a man on the face and we see saliva. Two men scratch their clothed buttocks in the same way.

Strange World LANGUAGE 1

 – 1 anatomical term, name-calling (inconvenient, hot dogging, pansies, oddly shaped rock, show off, boring, silly, toxic, snot bubble, crazy, walking land mass, weird, inappropriate, horrible father), exclamations (enough, spectacular, what in the…, wow, annoying me, calm down, judging me). | profanity glossary |

Strange World SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men drink from bottles (could be beer).

Strange World DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Adventure, exploration, discovery, cartography, boundaries, same-sex teen attraction, family, resilience, relationships with fathers, tenacity, building working civilizations, legacies, being stuck in a path, growing up, spreading your wings.

Strange World MESSAGE

 – It is important to find a way to live harmoniously with your environment.

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