Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1936 black-and-white movie, set in the late 19th century, is a heartwarming fairy tale for kids and families. The very first scene deals briefly with a father's death and its immediate effect upon his wife and young son. There are other emotional moments: when the boy learns that he will be partially separated from his devoted mother, and later when he finds out that his expected inheritance is in doubt. But by the film's happy ending, all is resolved. The simplicity and innocence of this tale are in stark contrast to what 21st century kids expect from their movies, but it is well worth encouraging this nostalgic look back at the story, wonderful characters, and filmmaking techniques in this early classic.
Some young street boys bully Ceddie and goad him into a fight. A rock is thrown, and he's joined by a friend who wrestles alongside him until a policeman breaks it up. A dog growls threateningly once, but is revealed to be a gentle pet.
Goodness is contagious: Even the most rigid, withholding individuals can learn to love and be loved. Generosity and empathy are traits to admire; those in positions of power have the ability to change lives and make the world a better place. Helpful benefactors are shown relieving the poverty and stress of the less fortunate.
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