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Old Yeller

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Nov 14, 2005

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1957 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

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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.

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Why Is Old Yeller Rated G?

Old Yeller is rated G

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The practical realities of surviving on the Texas frontier (although presented in a sanitized fashion) include the need to hunt and kill, as well as treat livestock like animals—not pets. The squabbling siblings exchange threats to the point where one throws rocks at the other. Humans, dogs and wild animals fight, resulting in bloody injuries and even death. Some depictions of women and Indians may be considered politically incorrect by contemporary standards.

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Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Old Yeller.

Dog stories have long been the silver screen’s best friend, with such tail-wagging tales as Lassie, My Dog Skip, and Far From Home: The Adventures Of Yellow Dog (quite possibly Old Yeller’s cousin!).

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Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Tommy (parent of 4) says: Jun. 02, 2009

I finally was able to rent this movie for my 2 oldest (7 and 9) so they could watch a movie about a real hero and the best dog ever to hit the big screen.

I do not see Lassie as an alternative to Old Yeller.

There is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend and that is exactly what Old Yeller does time and time again. This old yellow dog sacrificed his own life so that his family might live. This is exactly the same thing that followers of Jesus claim that he did and that is why I believe this story is so compelling and a must see for our children today.

The older boy in the movie was respectful to adults and had a healthy relationship with his father (another rarity in today’s society). All in all, the emotions a child gets to experience in this movie are a privilege. My children will watch this movie over and over again I hope.

Unfortunately the movies come today for children are not even close to the quality of this one. Bibleman and Veggie Tale are good but too many they are too overtly Christian.

Old Yeller is all Christian without saying the word “Jesus”. A+

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