After a fight with his foster parents, young Toby Tyler (Kevin Corcoran) runs away from home and seeks out a place for himself in the circus, where he befriends Harry Tupper, a candy vendor, and Mr. Stubbs, a chimpanzee. Believing Harry's suggestion that his foster parents don't want him back, Toby embraces his circus family. But soon he realizes there's no place like home in this Disney classic based on the children's book by James Otis Kaler.
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- Charles Barton
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Toby Tyler is an old-fashioned movie with lots of humor and some mild action scenes. The lovable orphan boy at the heart of the story encounters some cruel, greedy adults, who treat him badly. But he also meets some kind, generous, helpful people and a chimpanzee who becomes his best friend. There is some comic action as well as a few potentially upsetting scenes where a boy falls from a horse and breaks his leg, and several instances when the chimp is in major danger.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Some cartoon action: a large, strongman throws several people into water to punish them for bad behavior. A chimpanzee errantly fires a gun multiple times; no one is hit. Also, a boy falls from a horse and breaks his leg; and two scary incidents involve the chimp and at one point viewers think he might be dead.
- No swearing, but Toby is subjected to hurtful insults from some adults: "shiftless, ungrateful boy," "you're nothing to us," "you're a millstone around our necks."
- Social Behavior
- Key message is that lying can get you into trouble; characters who lie or cheat pay for their misdeeds. Also, people are not always what they seem to be. A smiling, seemingly helpful person may be devious and selfish, while a gruff exterior may hide a soft, caring soul.
- 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