Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cars 2 receives MPAA G rating

Like all but two of Pixar's feature films (The Incredibles and Up), Cars 2 has been rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Films receiving the G—General Audiences rating "[contain] nothing... that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture".

Even though all Pixar movies meet that standard, this G rating comes as a real surprise. With all the reported action in Cars 2, I was strongly expecting a PG rating.

(via The Pixar Times)

27 comments:

Logan Pearsall said...

Absolutely a PG, I would think!
I mean the trailer alone has bad guys talking about "taking Mater out" and shooting missiles, which cause massive explosions, and there are planes strafing the tarmack of an airport... I mean come one!

If that's G, what needs to happen to get PG?

Angry Bird said...

I was hoping for a PG rating, actually. With the plot being focused on action so heavily, I'm expecting full-out action.
It's possible that because talking cars are doing everything, the MPAA deems it as slightly less violent. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

You'd think that with all of the backlash from Toy Story 3's G rating and all of the perceived violence in the Cars 2 trailer that they would have rated it PG.

Anonymous said...

I am suprised too. From the trailers, it looks like it could be a violent movie.

Jordan said...

If the exact same story and dialog happened with human characters in a live-action film (explosions, guns, and everything), I think this film would recieve a PG. But just because the characters are Cars (with guns built into their wheels or body), the film gets a G rating.

Anonymous said...

The MPAA has long treated "cartoon violence" as less worthy of a PG than live-action violence (or even cartoon human violence). And it has generally treated violence as less deserving of a PG than any sexual references or content. (Just another in a long line of examples of why MPAA ratings are useless to parents who actually care about what our kids see.

Anonymous said...

I am very concerned about the guns and violence as well. My boys have been looking forward to seeing this movie for a long time, but I may have to go see it in the theatres first. Too bad I can not trust this rating system anymore.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Fill a large building with what could be hundreds of cars chasing a main character (Fin McMissle) and then blow it up while my 3 yr old watches - yeah, that's offensive to me. But what do I know, I'm just a parent.

Disappointed in Pixar (not surprised by Disney) and disappointed in the MPAA - worthless. Luckily I care about my kids and what they watch so I will check it out first before trusting it's safe. But what about all those sweet Grandma's who are going to take kids way too young to see this! They will have no idea. Typical. And we wonder what's wrong with society today.

Mike Bastoli said...

Are you serious?

DW said...

I saw the movie last night in a special advanced screening and it definitely DOES NOT deserve to be rated G. I was VERY disappointed in Disney with this one and it was a major departure from the original - Which, as a parent, I LOVED. We didn't appreciate the "agenda pushing" either (when you see you'll know what I mean) Just a brief summary of my feelings on the movie, because I could go on and on and on about what we saw last night....

In Cars (the original), the worst “villain” in the movie was Chick Hicks and his worst crime was cheating in order to win a
race. The MESSAGE of that movie was, 1. Don’t Cheat, 2. Be accepting and respectful of people unlike yourself (McQueen with the characters in Radiator Springs) and 3. Honor your word and take
responsibility for your actions (fixing the road, etc.)

In Cars 2, the MESSAGE was “Big Oil” is BAD (yes they actually use the term “Big Oil” a few times) and those who’s interests lie in the profits of oil companies will organize themselves mob-style to conspire, spy, injure, torture, kill and do whatever they have to do to scare people away from using alternative fuels and keep them using gasoline.

But HEY, it’s animated, funny and features the sweet friendship between McQueen and Mater so it MUST be good for kids, right?

Anonymous said...

My six year old said he was "ready to go home now" about three quarters of the way through. He LOVED Cars 1 and has been counting the days for this movie to come out. He could not understand why the cars were killing each other and I am beyond appalled at this "kids" movie. I felt the same way about toy story 3 with all the doom and gloom. Are the minds behind Pixars movies so limited that they cannot come up with an appropriate children's movie anymore? Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

PG for sure. This was so off base from the first Cars movie. I took my 3 year old and after 5 minutes I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. This movie had a lot of violence and yes, I guess because it was cars doing it - it's not offensive violence (?) -- one point in the movie they kill a car they tortured for information...really? Huge disappointment. Like others on here I will read the blogs or check it out myself before I take my little one to a movie again.

mills100123 said...

With all of the merchandising and promotions aimed at my two sons, 5 and 3, we've been counting down the days until Cars 2. They were like kids on Christmas Eve waiting to see the film yesterday, but they both really disliked the film. Why on earth is this movie rated G? My older son was so disappointed and freaked out by the use of the word 'kill', the missles, the bombs, the torture scene, etc. I had to explain to him that the movie guys made a mistake and it should have been rated for 10 year olds - PG! What the hell Pixar? I'm so mad about this. Anyone want my 2 lightning mcqueens, a mac truck and 2 preschool sized t-shirts with the Cars logo?

anonymous said...

Missles, guns, explosions and much dialogue of "killing" lightning mcqueen and other cars is violence-period. Definitely deserving of a PG rating. Animated or not its a liitle violent for very young children. No way a G rating!

Anonymous said...

DEFINITELY should be a PG rating. When one of the characters came straigh out and said they were going to kill McQueen I almost fell off my chair. I honestly think Disney lined someone's pocket to get the rating it did. Even under the auspice that cartoon violence is more acceptable, let's face it these characters have become very real and very personal to our children. I don't know how I could have kept my 4 year old from seeing this since he has been literally counting the days for several months. If you can, do it. It's way too violent for young kids, they don't need nearly two hours of guns, bombs and threats. Everything I adored about the first film was absent from this one.
If you are going to market so heavily to the pre-school set via games, toys, play dough sets, etc then I think you need to consider the appropriateness of the content as well. Parents be warned, this is not a true G rating. Use you own judgement on whether or not you want your child to see this because the rating system dropped the ball big time.

Anonymous said...

The movie was way too violent.
During a surprising and clear portrayal of torture and murder, I protected my daughter's eyes and found myself deciding whether I could pick her up and carry her out without her having a complete breakdown. I decided that I would avoid the dramatic exit and stay vigilant through the rest of the movie.

I SHOULD NOT NEED TO PROTECT MY CHILD FROM TORTURE SCENES IN A CARTOON!

Anonymous said...

Just saw the movie with my 3 year old and I'm glad I am not the only one who thought this was too violent. Missiles, guns, torture scenes, and the dialogue about killing and wanting McQueen dead, were all more than I normally expose my son to. And we LOVE Cars so it was a real shame. I actually thought it was more violent than The Incredibles and had a more complicated plot than Up. I will not be buying this one on DVD for some time. We were pretty disappointed.

Anonymous said...

Here's the review we left on our FB page. We absolutely did not like this movie, neither as adults nor for our 5 year old son. If we don't know, we usually watch a movie before letting him see it, but we thought Cars 1 was SO good that we were completely thrown when part 2 ended up being the way it was. And just to be clear, if cars were just blowing up, it would be one thing. There were machine guns shooting at them, though, and like I say in #3 there were actual WORDS about killing them. Yikes.
1. Plot confusing. Very James Bondish. Used some British words that kids would not understand. The motives behind the bad guy were more complex than a kid would understand. It was basically about getting people to choose between alternative fuel and petroleum-based fuel. So, all of that put in a spy-like plot was just even a little tough for me to sit back and chill out to. LOL. I did NOT want to have to think, darnit! :)
2. Many subtitles. Not a ton, but enough to add to the confusion.
3. Violence! S@@@@n pointed out if this were a movie using humans--even cartoon humans--it would be gruesome! So, while it's cars, the concept is still VERY strongly violent. Cars blowing up, being crushed, being burned, etc. And done in fights, so the anger/hatred/etc aspect was very clear. And a lot of "kill him" or "I want him dead" dialogue. Nothing subtle about it.
I'm sure there is more, but those are the basics. We REALLY liked Cars 1. I never thought I would and was/am so happy that I accidentally saw it, but this was a hugely different story. :(

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more with all the comments from the parents of little ones. We bought our tickets days in advance and saw it the day it came out. Big mistake. It was horribly violent and I wish we had not exposed our small kids to the movie. The repeated use of guns, "kill",'"dead"'and the non-stop car chase was too much. They clearly bought the G rating.

Lowandslow said...

Same story here... kids were bored half way through. They didn't understand the "spy" plot. The whole big-oil theme and lemon cars was too much. My kids didn't get it and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I actually gave up liking the movie during the scene where Mater sang the Stage Farm jingle... that blatant in-your-face advertisement left me scratching my head, wondering who made the decision that insurance product placement in this movie was appropriate?

Did Lasseter and Bird get steam rolled on this one? In his interview with The Wall Street Journal, Lasseter didn't seem his expressive self in defining what this movie was about – except for "fun to watch" and "cool". I hope this isn't the result of Disney buying Pixar... too much marketing, not enough story-telling.

Anonymous said...

serously the violence in the film makes the violence in monsters vs aliens and the incredibles look gentle

Anonymous said...

My 5 year old enjoyed the movie, but I agree with the other parents that the torture scenes would be inappropriate for any younger kids. Definitely a PG movie!

Dylan Theisen said...

Definitely a PG in my opinion. My cousins went to see it last week and they all said that they would have rated it PG. Just from the commercials and previews, it looks like a PG film. I mean with huge explosions and all of that other stuff, I thought for sure it was going to be PG. :P

GradysMom said...

No way should this movie have been G. I was SHOCKED by the content. Bombs, gunfire, dying? Ugh. And the plot was so obtuse...um, their audience is KIDS. They could have written a script about a world wide race and being green with fuel and maybe a "bad guy" trying to cheat. Jeez!!

Anonymous said...

"Cars 2" should have been rated PG because of all the violence, pain, and torture scenes. The MPAA did not uphold its own standards when it rated "Cars 2" as a G movie, because it is far from that standard. A google search this morning on the search terms ( "Cars 2" pain torture violence ) resulted in 420,000 page results. Obviously "Cars 2" is being deemed unsuitable for viewing by parents all over the internet due to its scenes of graphic pain and torture and its high level of violence.

Anonymous said...

I was almost thining a rating of PG/12! I laugh through most horror films but while seening this film in the cinema with I was distrubed and scared of the torture of Rod Redline and Killing of the car at the start.

Anonymous said...

i dont know. i liked the movie but seriously, after reading this tons of bad reviews, i think i have to agree. seriously, pixar really blew this one up. if a part 3 comes out, it better be good. or could this just be a deliberate sabotage by rivals to pixar?