Read more about the 2023 Animated Feature Film Oscar nominees
Ahead of the 95th Academy Awards taking in March, we've compiled a list of the five nominated films in the Animated Feature Film category! Films can be an excellent springboard to help parents and educators navigate conversations in the classroom, or at home.
scary scenes, mild violence, rude humour, language
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio is a fantasy animated film in which a wooden puppet longs to be a real boy.
There is mild bad language ('frigging', ‘bugger’), as well as milder terms such as 'oh my God'.
The lyrics of a comic song contain repeated references to pooping, farting and smelling bottoms as a poo-shaped puppet joins in with the dancing.
threat and horror
There are scary scenes in which characters face danger, including being swallowed by a sea monster and being tied up as a bonfire is lit under them. There are also moments of threat from guns, swordsticks and explosive devices. These scenes are occasionally prolonged, but an emphasis is placed on courage and resourcefulness as the characters help one another in their efforts to save themselves, and to achieve reassuring outcomes.
A man beats and kicks a monkey and cuts off the tip of Pinocchio’s wooden nose with a swordstick. Child characters are forced to take part in wargames with paint guns. A man is shot in the face with a pellet from a paint gun, and a character falls to his death after a monkey claws at his face to save the friends he is endangering. In a scene of war violence a child character is killed in undetailed fashion when a bomb falls onto a church. The character of Pinocchio dies several deaths, but as part of one of the film’s fantastical themes is returned to life each time.
There are upsetting scenes of grieving embedded in the film’s exploration of themes of death and mortality, which are handled in a manner that is accessible to children. The film also contains references to fascism, which is not condoned but held up to mockery and condemnation.
mild upsetting scenes, rude humour, infrequent drug references
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is a US animated comedy in which Marcel the mollusk becomes the subject of a documentary.
In one scene, Marcel points to what appear to be pubic hairs around a plughole and explains how strong and curly they are. Other rude humour includes scenes in which Marcel vomits as a result of car sickness.
An internet meme includes a caption referencing marijuana ('Kush'). There are no accompanying verbal references to drug taking, however.
A flashback sequence depicts Marcel being separated from his family of mollusks after they are carried away with a man's belongings. The family had taken refuge in a sock drawer after they heard a couple arguing. We hear something being smashed and raised voices while a point-of-view shot implies the family huddled together in the drawer. Other upsetting scenes deal with illness and bereavement. It is implied that Marcel's grandmother is suffering from a disease causing memory loss and fatigue. In a later scene, Marcel finds his grandmother unresponsive, having passed away off-screen, leading to scenes of emotional upset.
Bad language is very mild ('God'). There are very mild sex references, mostly in the form of song lyrics.
mild violence, threat, scary scenes, language, rude humour
Having used up most of his nine lives, a swashbuckling cat sets out to find more. A step-up from previous outings, themes of death and anxiety are explored alongside some action and scares. However, friendship wins through.
Scenes include fistfights, sword fights and use of other bladed weapons, including sickles. There is brief sight of blood. A man shoots horns from a crossbow which cause people to explode into confetti if they are hit. Bears fight with their teeth and claws, and humans are devoured by fantastical carnivorous plants.
threat and horror
A cat is pursued by 'Death', a large red-eyed wolf. When he encounters him, the cat becomes noticeably scared and suffers from panic attacks in some distressing sequences. However, the film handles the issue sensitively and has a positive resolution. Occasional jump scares and extended chase scenes also occur. Characters are threatened by bladed weapons, held captive, or attacked by larger, imposing characters. In one sequence, a woman smashes a bottle and brandishes it as a weapon, and in another a cat bounces on his sword between a man's fingers. A perpetually positive dog recalls his previous owners' attempts to kill him, but appears not to understand the true intention behind their actions.
There are spoken uses of mild bad language ('crap', 'bugger') and implied uses (e.g. 'bullsh-'). There are also scenes in which it is implied characters are swearing repeatedly, but their language is bleeped out. Milder terms include uses of 'butt', 'hell' and 'jerk'.
There are jokes relating to cats urinating and defecating, and to a bear having 'dingleberries'.
violence, threat, language
The Sea Beast is an animated family fantasy adventure in which a girl stows away on a ship hunting for sea monsters.
Sailors slash at monsters with their cutlasses, severing tentacles which bleed black goo. There is other violence with arrows, cannon, muskets and knives.
threat and horror
From the outset, there are scenes in which people - including children - are in danger from shipwreck in heavy seas, and from colossal monsters in the water. Sailors are engulfed in the monsters' huge jaws and wrapped in their tentacles. There is also gun and knife threat. A girl attempts to stab a man, but is prevented from doing so.
There is use of mild bad language ('bloody', 'bollocks', 'bastard'), and milder terms such as 'God' and 'hell'.
mild threat, sex references, language
The difficulties of puberty are explored in an accessible and humourous way in this fantasy animated film in which a teenage girl turns into a red panda whenever she gets excited.
There is very mild comic violence when a teenager gets her friend to punch her in order to test her restraint.
threat and horror
There is a scene in which a teenager, who has turned into a panda, pounces on a schoolboy in a threatening manner. There is also mild threat when a character has a frightening dream which includes a merman struggling to breathe on land, the laughing faces of school bullies, and the floating heads of two red-eyed pandas. Later, teenagers at a concert run away screaming from a gigantic panda. Scenes of bullying are very mild and brief.
The film features mild bad language ('crap') and very mild terms ('jerkwad', 'butt' and 'booty').
A teenager draws sketches of herself with a boy she has a crush on, including the sight of him shirtless with a mermaid's tail. Though the girl describes the drawings as 'sexy', the images are comic with no sexual detail. After the teen's drawings are seen by her peers, one boy accuses her of being a 'perv'. A teenager's mother describes a boy band as 'filth', and there is a reference to their songs being 'stripper music'.
A mother accuses a teenage shop worker of 'doing drugs all day'; but does not go into detail.