Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Little Nemo is an animated gem that has nothing to do with the Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Instead, the movie based on an old comic strip, features a boy who visits both Slumberland and Nightmareland. Parents of kids who already visit their own Nightmarelands regularly may want to take note: the king of Nightmareland looks scary, with menacing glowing eyes. He captures Nemo's friends and encases them comatose in glowing pillars. If kids can get past this scary guy, they'll probably be okay with the rest, and even get some great lessons about the importance of taking responsibility for your actions, keeping promises, and admitting mistakes. They'll also catch when the clownish character Flip gets scolded repeatedly for smoking a cigar. Eventually the Princess of Slumberland officially sentences him to no more smoking.
Nemo gets a peck on the lips from the Princess. When his mom wakes him up his lips are still puckered up in bed.
There are plenty of scares in Nightmareland with ghoulish creatures lurking and dark forests; King Morpheus is consumed by a dark fog and dragged off to Nightmareland, and later the Princess is almost pulled into a swamp by sinister-looking amphibians. Winged creatures attack and eventually carry everyone off. The scariest creature is the king of Nightmareland, who looks like a giant male version of Snow White's evil queen. His eyes glow and he encases Nemo's captured, comatose friends in glowing columns. Other violence is either slapstick (mostly from Flip's pranks) or action-related as Nemo, usually clinging to his bed, is chased relentlessly by a train, sucked down into whirlpools, or falls fast from the sky to almost crash.
Shows the importance of keeping promises, admitting mistakes, and taking responsibility for actions.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Flip always has a cigar in hand. The Princess forbids that he smoke in Nightmareland, he sneaks a cigar and is caught. At the end of the movie he is officially sentenced to no more cigar smoking.