Why is Disney’s A Christmas Carol rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Disney’s A Christmas Carol is rated PG for for scary sequences and images.
This script is decidedly more intense than many of the other animated versions. The opening scenes depict a dead body in a casket. A ghostly doorknocker comes to life, spitting out decaying teeth and scaring a man. Bells unexplainably begin ringing and ominous sounds are heard in the other room. While howling and shrieking, an apparition experiences physical convulsions that cause the lower part of his jaw begins to flag uncontrollably. Numerous ghostly characters are seen floating in the air. A man is taken on several wild flights through the night air. A character is shot up into the sky and then falls to earth. A man is hit on the head with a torch. A character thrusts a knife at another man. Moments of peril and intense action are portrayed. After death, a character’s body decays leaving only a skeletal figure which also disintegrates and blows away in a wind. A man is chased through the streets by a team of ghostly horses and a silent, threatening driver. A character is nearly hit by a man who is chasing a rat with a fire poker. A man falls into an open grave. Some characters are shown smoking or drinking alcohol. One character uses snuff. Women wear low-cut dresses. The script contains infrequent mild profanities. Several references to death (including the passing of children) are made.