Is Disney’s Maleficent Movie Too Scary for Kids? (VIDEO)


Disney’s Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie is one of the early blockbusters of the summer.  This is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 Disney film, Sleeping Beauty. We had a chance to see the movie today with seven children ages 4-11 years old. With a rating of PG and a quite ominous and scary movie trailer, parents everywhere are wondering, “is it too scary for the littles?”.

There are dark scenes, fighting, dragons, fire, villains and war scenes that give it the “PG” rating and may be a little scary for sensitive little ones. Fortunately for us, the 2 four-year-old’s who accompanied us at the movies are pretty darn tough. Instead of hiding their little eyes, when the scary scenes hit the screen, they laughed instead of cried. That being said, they are not your typical four year olds. Not much scares these two! To give you an idea, they have been on the Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure and didn’t even flinch. But if you have kids under the age of 7 that don’t appreciate scenes with fire, dragons and other fighting, it may not be the right film for them.

The movie mixes up what you thought about Disney villains. I’m not going to give anything away because I really think you should see the movie but it isn’t your typical Disney princess and villain movie. It’s surprising, touching, and Angelina (Maleficent) draws the audience in to cheer for the “bad guys” in this one.

As we watched the movie, our littles had quite a few questions, that we couldn’t really answer. 🙂 So, I thought it would be a perfect time for a Baby Gizmo video. Maybe you have the answers?



  1. I am ambivalant about watching this movie myself, and would NEVER consider my five year old would or should watch this. Reading the other comments, I’m floored and disappointed to read other parents have zero qualms exposing their children to this voilence and intensity. This is definitely a window into today’s society, and how desensitized our children are becoming – assisted by parents. This may sound extreme – but only to those who are already desensitized!

  2. Although I haven’t seen this movie but a sincere
    Advice to all parents that plz be very careful on
    What ur kids are watching today and the kind of
    Effects it can have on their innocent minds, let
    Them grow up on their own time, lets all of us
    Give them a violent free childhood. Thanx.

  3. We took 12 kids ages from 3-12 and they all did fine . We prepared them but there was no blood and the violence was not graphic or brutal Would recommend both adults and kids enjoyed,

  4. The answer to those questions is “suspend disbelief” Most movies make no sense when you think about it but a GOOD movie makes you forget to focus on those inconsistencies while you are watching it. I also don’t think the movie was scary for most 4 and up kids. Maybe a little discussion of the curse scene and dragon scene ahead of time will alleviate the scariness factor for most kids. We had a just turned 5 and just turned 7 year old with us and neither of them were scared at all.

  5. Just given the demonic nature of the poster, its absolutely not something we would show our children young or old. There is real evil in this world and its not a service to our children to make it appealing or glamorous.

  6. This is pretty tame for what my kids have no problem watching (pirates of the Caribbean, lord of the rings, Star Wars) I don’t think it was different than Narnia as far as scare factor goes. My kids are ages 3-15


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