Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this DVD features two classic Chuck Jones animated specials: an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Rikki Tikki Tavi short story from The Jungle Book, and Jones' own funny fable about how a cat, mouse, and cricket helped start the Revolutionary War called Yankee Doodle Cricket. The Rikki Tikki segment contains a couple of frightening scenes featuring a vicious cobra and his wife, and the Yankee Doodle section shows some illustrated scenes from the American Revolution. If they pay attention, kids will learn a surprising amount about the Revolutionary War -- from who wrote the Declaration of Independence and what the Gadsden flag looks like to who Paul Revere is and what the lyrics to "Yankee Doodle Dandy" mean.
A male and female firefly embrace, making his bottom light up.
The two cobras, Nag and Nagaina, are frightening; Welles uses a very husky, menacing voice when he plays Nag. The tailorbird tells Rikki that Nag ate one of her eggs when it fell out of the nest. Nag and Nagaina discuss killing the entire family, so Rikki will go away. During a montage about the American Revolution, illustrations of the war (mostly soldiers and cannons) are shown.
The term "despotic jerk" is used in the Yankee Doodle segment.
The Yankee Doodle Cricket special is particularly filled with positive messages about the privilege and responsibility Americans have to protect civil liberties and why it's important to know about the history of the country. The mouse, cricket, and cat are all true patriots who put themselves in harm's way to help fight the British (and inspire the Declaration of Independence). There's even a montage of all the Founding Fathers.
Drugs / Tobacco /
One character in one segment appears "snockered" (so drunk he can barely walk straight).