Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this enchanting fairy tale has some sad and scary scenes that might be disturbing for very young or sensitive kids. Maria loses her father early in the movie, though the audience never actually meets him. Also, one family is portrayed as villainous, and they wear dark clothes and masks, and there are some brief battle scenes with Maria being chased. A magical, protective black dog has red eyes and transforms into a fierce lion when the enemies appear. Maria -- who's selfless and generous -- is a great role model for kids, and the movie has strongly positive messages about achieving your goals.
One affectionate kiss.
Maria loses her father early in the movie, which could upset some kids. Also, a few short battles in which Maria is chased by villians; they're short, but the darkness and dramatic lighting may frighten young children. Some other slightly scary scenes involving mysterious movements of doors and walls.
Maria overcomes the loss of her father and shows that you don't need power and authority to fix the things that are broken in the world. As long as you have desire, will, and understanding, anything is possible.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults drink socially. The governess has one too many cocktails and falls asleep in her chair.