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The Apple Dumpling Gang Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Rollicking Old West ride lassos some stereotypes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1975 Disney Western suffers from the stereotypes of its day, including a stereotypical portrayal of Asian people, and a condescending view of women. When Dusty gets married, she's no longer interested in running her father's business; She puts on a dress and stays home with the kids. There's also mild violence and danger that may frighten very young children, but it's mostly harmless.

  • Families can talk about what they would do if they came across lost money. Would you return it or keep it? What would you do for a lot of money? How different are you from the townspeople?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There's lots of gambling, and Wintle abandons his kids. There's also a tiny community of Chinese people in the film yelling in Chinese and doing a lot of laundry. They are treated stereotypically and as scary characters meant to amuse kids. Some objectification of women: A character says that a man should never take another man's "wife, woman, or whiskey."

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Lots of slapstick violence, like Amos falling off a roof, the kids flying through town on an out-of-control gold mine cart, lots of chasing, crashing, and some explosions. There's a shoot-out at the end of the film in which some characters appear to be shot, but there's no blood and no one is seriously injured. Lots of people point guns at each other. Dusty throws things at Donovan and hits him with a pool stick. The Stillwell Gang kidnap the kids. Stillwell tries to strangle Donovan.

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    Sexy stuff: Donovan and Dusty kiss.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several characters smoke, including Donovan and Amos. A woman appears drunk and drops and breaks a beer bottle. Col. Clydesdale gets drunk.