Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that "cartoon violence" and peril is fairly regular and sometimes intense in this spectacle, with abundant street brawling, gunfire (often aimed at children), artillery, death rays, even what looks like an H-bomb. Despite all that, no dead bodies are shown. This represents an English-dubbed, re-edited version of the three-hour original. If your household is filled with "anime" purists, you might want to try and obtain the uncut version. Try to get a widescreen edition in any case -- even the Disney VHS preserves the splendor in "letterbox" format.
A lot of shooting, with the child protagonists occasionally nicked by the, oh, 10,000 bullets flying around. Cannon/artillery fire, heat rays, a nuclear-type explosion. Characters perish (offscreen) by falling from a great height. A street fight between roughnecks. A robot is "killed," blasted with mortar rounds.
Sheeta and Pazu are both courageous, perceptive, plucky kids, though the girl seems to need rescuing a whole lot more than the boy. On the other side of the gender-age barrier, a spirited, tough old lady leads a gang of greedy pirates. These scalawags end up becoming allies and pals (though no less thieving). There seems to be dim view of the military and government agents.
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