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MPAA Rated PG for scary sequences and images

Sex & Nudity

  • Women wear cleavage-revealing dresses.
  • No innuendos. Women wear cleavage-revealing dresses.

Violence & Gore

  • Scrooge can be tossed up in the air in some scenes.
  • No gore, but the film contains a lot of macabe imagery and several jump-out-of-your-seat moments which may frighten children under 10.
  • Mild slapstick violence during the chase sequences.


  • The word Ass is Used but it is used in the context of a Donkey and Not a persons Butt or Rear End
  • There is a brief slang use of "cripple".
  • Scrooge mutters "Bugger it" once, "Hell" is said once or twice, as well as "ass" but nothing worse than that.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Snuff is used briefly by a character.
  • Characters raise glasses of ale and wine during party sequences.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The loud and continuous ringing of the bells in the scene that introduces the ghost of Scrooge's old business partner, Jacob Marley, could be frightening for younger viewers.
  • Much darker and scarier than any Disney adaptation of "A Christmas Carol". Also, this is without a doubt one of Dinsey's darkest animated films, going on par with "Pocahontas", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Black Cauldron".
  • The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is by far the scariest part of the film. He is portrayed as a shadow of a cloaked figure that will occasionally gain a tangible form.
  • The ghosts that visit Scrooge can be frightening in their own ways. Young children might be most frightened of Jacob Marley's ghost whose appearance is ghoulish and who wails loudly when not speaking in a creepy voice. At one point, his jaw becomes unhinged and he continues trying talking to Scrooge like that until he re-fastens his jaw. The sequence leading up to his appearance as he drags his chains up to Scrooge's bedchamber is very suspenseful.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals two malnourished, angry children who represent Ignorance and Want who each act savage and insane.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present dies a disturbing death. As a clock tolls, he ages and becomes a skeleton who then fades to dust all while laughing.
  • The Christmas Yet to Come sequence can frighten young children and includes a fast-paced chase sequence with wild dogs and demonic horses.
  • As a very faithful version of the Dickens story, death and one's own mortality are the dominant themes of the film. The films contains imagery of corpses, coffins and cemeteries as well as a lot of dialogue about death, dying and regret.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Younger Viewers may Not Understand the Death of Tiny Tim and the Reaction in the Cratchit Household, and or find it Up Setting.
  • The dead body of Jacob Marley can be very frightening you can see two gold coins on each eye looking like he's going to haunt you.

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