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Princess Mononoke Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Has the effect of making the average Disney film look like just another toy story.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    A must-see for animation fans.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Rarely does any film, animated or otherwise, immerse you in such a vivid landscape and engage your senses so strongly.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Epic, compelling, and violent anime.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is darker and more intense than many of Hayao Miyazaki's other classics. Although it's an animated fantasy, it boasts the scope and grandeur of a live-action historical epic and has many battle scenes and other violent sequences, as well as additional gruesome elements. While it's probably too much for most tweens, older kids will be thrilled and engrossed, and teens will love it.

  • Families can talk about the role of violence in the film and in real life. How does the impact of the violence in this movie compare to live-action films?
  • What audience do you think this movie is most likely to appeal to? Why? Who do you think it's intended for?

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    Violence: The boar god who dies in the opening scene is covered in swirling snakes. When it dies, it decomposes down to its skeleton in seconds. Battle scenes involving samurai bandits include shots of dismemberment and decapitation. The boar gods die gruesome deaths. Blood is visible when characters are wounded. All presented in the context of a violent era involving warring factions and a life-or-death struggle between man and animal.

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