'talkie' films hit the big screen there has been controversy and conflict about what should or should not be seen or said in movies. Concerns over morality and a lack of decency caused many films to be censored and even banned as a result of their content. Today, movies are rated based on their content and are not censored as they were in the
past, due to the internet making information more accessible and children
advancing faster in educational terms and exposure to media influences.
A live action film might be better rated 12, to allow for a more vivid representation of the whaling sequence, where Kana is killed by whaler's harpoon. Apart from a good humoured fight sequence aboard the Jonah, involving moderate violence, there is nothing other than the whaling sequence that might unduly disturb younger viewers to gain a PG, or even a U (in the UK) rating. An animation version of the story might be geared to a 'U' rating, as per Shrek and Finding Nemo.
In the USA, .....
SAMPLE SCENES - John Storm is a resourceful ocean conservationist, determined to save an injured whale from being eaten by sharks, while trapped in ghost fishing nets. Such scenes are compliant with a 'U' rating as applied by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).
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