The Emperor's New Clothes
This animated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tells the tale of an emperor blinded by his ego -- and the boy who dares to speak the truth about two con men taking advantage of the monarch.
Rent DVDs for only $4.99 a month.
- Richard Slapczynski
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
The Emperor's New ClothesClose
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is a slapstick version of the venerable fairy tale in which old-time comic actors deliver lots of mugging and jokey dialogue. Han Christian Andersen's messages about snobbery, hypocrisy, and dishonesty are intact, if somewhat diluted. In the manner of old school, almost vaudevillian comedy, there are several characters whose humor is derived from a physical impairment: crossed eyes, missing teeth, or a speech impediment. The few action sequences are done for comic effect and are never seriously frightening -- expect a few martial arts kicks and a rough-and-tumble sword fight.
- Sexual Content
- A kiss between the princess and a tailor.
- Some comic action: Soldiers throw two men into the sea; there's a brief fracas between citizens and castle guards in which some people are pushed down; and a very short, cartoonish sword fight has some martial arts.
- Occasional name-calling: "idiot," "stupid," etc.
- Social Behavior
- This story shows how important it is to challenge authority and speak the truth to power. The only person who has the courage to unmask the emperor is a child, a symbol of the uncorruptible. At the same time, the tale illustrates how easy it is to fool people if you play to their fears of looking stupid or inept. Use of physical impairments as comedy is an old-fashioned device that might need some explaining.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it