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Overall B

Fourteen-year-old Travis (Tommy Kirk) learns what it takes to become a man when he is forced to make difficult decisions about a yellow-haired mongrel that tries to befriends his frontier family.

Violence C+
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: G

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Old Yeller

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The mother in the story tries to protect young Arliss, from some of the ugly reality they must face as well as the consequences of letting his imagination run wild. Why do you think she does this? How does this effect the young boy’s behavior?

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