The Disney fairytale has been turned into a live-action movie, with Tom Hanks starring as Geppetto. Many feel the original has some questionable scenes and imagery; does the newest version get any better? What is the age rating for Pinocchio (2022)? This parents guide will help you decide if your youngest kiddos can watch this movie with the family.
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About Pinocchio (2022) on Disney Plus
Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live-action and CGI retelling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy.
Get the Pinocchio 2022 movie quotes here.
What Is The Age Rating For Pinocchio (2022)? Parents Guide
Disney+ Day is coming, and Pinocchio (2022) is a featured movie on the streaming service.
But is it safe for kids to watch? Is this Disney version of Pinocchio kid-friendly?
Parents who remember the animated original may not think that one is ok for kids- with good reason. That one is scarier than you might remember!
If you have questions about the age rating for Pinocchio, this parent’s guide will run down will help you decide if your family can handle the violence, language, and scary elements in Pinocchio. We’ll also give 2022’s Pinocchio age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
Language In Disney’s Pinocchio (2022)
Thankfully there are no real swears in Disney’s Pinocchio.
There are some unkind words and phrases, plus some bullying that takes place.
Parents need to know that their kids will hear things like:
- party pooper
- shut your mouth
- H-E-Double Hockey Sticks (said this way and referencing the place)
Age Rating For Pinocchio (2022): Is It Safe For Kids When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
There’s no romance or nudity in Pinocchio, but there is one instance where Jiminy Cricket leans against a statue.
He realizes he’s leaning against a woman’s backside and apologizes profusely.
Is Pinocchio (2022) Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
There’s a lot to unpack in Pinocchio.
This version leans heavily into the reason Pinocchio is made. As a reminder, Geppetto created Pinocchio in the image of his young son that has died.
Geppetto references him and his dead wife multiple times and it’s pretty clear for an adult that he is still deep into his grief.
Discussions about peer pressure are made and adults and children are seen mocking and bullying Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is locked up and thrown into a cage.
A cuckoo clock character is seen drinking beer.
Violence: Is Pinocchio (2022) Too Scary For Kids Under 5?
Pinocchio has scary elements and moments that parents should be aware of for kids under 5.
Kids are picked up and whisked off to Pleasure Island, where they turn into donkeys due to their wild actions. In this version, the kids “know” about the pickup spot and are willingly joining the group.
The scene on Pleasure Island shows kids gone wild: they are drinking rootbeers, vandalizing, and purposely being mean to each other in Contempt Corner.
Eventually, they all turn into donkeys for acting like jack@sses and are sent to the salt mines.
Shadowy creatures rise up and whisk the donkeys away, and end up chasing Pinocchio and Jiminy from the Island. It’s mildly terrifying even for older kids.
The scariest scenes also include Monstro, who is a sea monster in this version, not just a whale. His big teeth and gaping mouth chasing the little family through the sea is still as scary as it was in the original movie.
Disney’s Pinocchio (2022) Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
We think there are some good messages in Pinocchio (2022) but we also think this is still one of the more terrifying Disney shows created for kids.
As always, you know your children best.
This is an hour and 45 minutes long and it feels like it. In other words, it doesn’t just “fly by” so your little wiggles may have a hard time sitting through it. The good news is as a streamer, you can stop and come back to it later if needed.
What is the age rating for Pinocchio (2022?) We’d suggest ages 6 and up for this one unless your family has seen and loves the original.
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.