‘Dawn Treader’ Receives PG Rating

This comes as no surprise as Walden Media had The Voyage of the Dawn Treader listed with a PG rating on their site for well over a year now, but the MPAA has made it official.

According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, ‘Dawn Treader’ was rated PG for “some frightening images and sequences of fantasy violence.”

Thanks to narnian1 for the heads up!

60 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    That was predictable…

  2. Lucy Took says:

    That was fast.

    At least it's not for "Epic Battle Scenes" like in PC…

  3. Bulgy Bear says:

    Its quite nice to have news which isn't the least bit surprising once in a while. Article after article revealing shocking new changes, and it becomes quite pleasant to then have a story as preditcable as this. πŸ™‚

  4. DaΓ©a Reina says:

    β€œsome frightening images and sequences of fantasy violence” = Sea Serpent vs. DragonEustace.

  5. Pepper Darcy says:

    good! πŸ˜€ it's not pg13, though I still would have bought it gone to seen it and all that! SO neat! this movie's gonna be awesome! πŸ˜€

  6. narnian resident says:

    i expect them to have all the movies PG, because these are children's books, so they must appeal to children. im always excited for my little sisters to see them because some day i intend for them to read the books, and so i dont want one of the movies suddenly becoming too grown up for them and making Narnia a scary, grown up world, when its meant to be for children.

  7. Caspian says:

    Precisely. Don't forget the Battle of the Lone Islands…*slams head against desk repeatedly*

  8. Its not that surprising that its PG… Well, that at least means the little ( :P) war they put in can't be Too bad…

  9. WarriorOfNarnia says:

    Not surprising.

  10. Bother Eustace says:

    Agreed. =P

  11. Starlily says:

    Haha, you're right. πŸ™‚

  12. Starlily says:

    I wonder if one of the "frightening images" could possibly be Aslan ripping Eustace's skin off? Just a thought, and I'm not counting on anything. Probably the sea serpent and dragon fight, and the Dark Island, will provide enough frightening images to warrant that rating.

  13. MinotaurforAslan says:

    Almost identical to the LWW rating.

  14. Cynical Narnia Fanboy says:

    whats the diff between "fantasy violence" and battle action?

  15. narnian at heart says:


  16. Murtaghluv says:

    Surprise Surprise!!!!!!! totally expected it.

  17. Andreya Of Narnia says:

    Ditto! πŸ˜€

    I'm not really surprised it's rated PG. However, it does make you wonder what those "frightening images and sequences of fantasy violence" are. >.>

    Oh well, I suppose we only have 51 days to wait and see. πŸ˜‰

  18. thenarnia24 says:

    The diference is that when they mention epic battle action is that there are allot of battles but when u get fantasy violence is that is a type of mysticl action, with powers etc… is gona b cool!!! this movie rock!!!

  19. Omac the centaur says:

    coolness… though it was predictable.

  20. Peepicheep says:

    Well of course why wouldn't it be PG? It's not going to be really scary so they have give it PG-13 rating.

  21. Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    Except The Last Battle, which can't be done with a PG rating.

  22. Narniadreamer says:

    Yeah, I guessed it would be so considering that the other two were PG as well.

  23. aragorn2 says:

    Why can't LB be done with a PG rating, If PC got a PG I don't see how LB would get a PG-13.

  24. Queen Elizabeth says:

    They make any movie PG these days. And I'm sure it isn't that bad, I mean Peter chops off some guys head in PC and that is still rated PG.

  25. Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    The Last Battle is much more intense than Prince Caspian. It can't be made without a PG-13.

  26. Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    They do not make any movie PG these days. You can't get away with much. Back in the early 80's, PG could have far more content. Yes, Petter sliced off a head in PC but it was a clean cut and we never saw his head. It was all implied. Besides, PC was rated M (for mature audiences) in Australia.

  27. aravis tarkeena says:

    I actually really hope LB is PG-13 because the battle would be not as good otherwise

  28. Wiglaf says:

    Wew, that was close! i thought it was going to be rated R! :O

  29. Wiglaf says:

    agreed, I fully expect LB to be a PG-13 rating. I mean, not for violence or gore. For the same reason LOTR's was a PG-13 Rating; because of how mature and serious the storyline was. It did not have this Child bed-time story feel to it, and Nor did LB. It Defitely should be PG-13 for its um, Epic nature (Epic as in, Beowulf, the Epic Poem)

  30. Lucy Took says:

    Likely for the sea serpent battle.

    Not to mention the thought of the WW is kinda scary. In more ways than one.

  31. Frightening and violent things are awesome! Well in my opinion at least. I like it, but of course there are viewers younger than me.

  32. NarnianRebel says:

    I knew it. I mean who expected it to be PG-13? I sure didn't.

  33. Fire Fairy says:

    Kind of like how Star Wars III was the only one rated PG-13, is that what you're saying? I can kind of see your point, although I really do hope it's not PG-13, for personal reasons. (I'd probably go see it anyways…)

  34. Fire Fairy says:

    Fantasy violence is sometimes considered "less intense" when compared to regular violence, since it's not quite as "real".

  35. Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    Goodness, ratings are arbitary guidelines. They're not meant to make the decision for you. Content, context and worldview should all be taken into account when deciding what to watch, read and listen too.

  36. jag says:

    In Australia we often get "American pg" movies that are rated M, or higher here… Prince Caspian for example was M+… does anyone know if it is likely to be M. here in AussieLand

  37. elizabeth says:

    why would they make it rated R?

  38. Tauriel says:

    Who cares about the ratings? I certainly don't. If a film is good, then I don't care what rating it is. Parents should be able to make the decision themselves, whether they let their children see a film or not – it shouldn't be some anonymous organisation making that decision for them.

  39. rated r? then i wouldn't see the movie…….to be more positive than negative……it's rated PG…..and i can deal with that!

  40. Reepicheep says:

    Why speculate over it being PG-13 or not, because an agreement was signed the Lewis Estate that all Narnia films had to be PG. Still, PC was M in Australia (equivalent to PG-13)

  41. Starlily says:

    Yeah, I've watched some movies from the 80s and early 90s that were PG, and they had much more swearing and stuff than I think should be in a PG film. I didn't really notice that Peter sliced the guy's head off until I'd seen it a couple times, and I'd rather see that (or just close my eyes for a second) than hear a bunch of bad words and crude jokes. Nowadays they seem to make PG films that seem more like G, but they also make PG films that seem more like PG-13. It's kind of confusing. Oh well.

  42. Narnia fan 101 says:

    well they decided that all the movies would be pg

  43. Aslan's Meadow says:

    I have always thought they could make MN PG-13. Whenever I read the book I always feel creeped out. It's so scary with the red world of charn. And Jadis running wild in our world. It has always struck me as the most intense of the series….anyone else?

  44. simplyphilly says:

    I can't wait to watch it, but I think it's too different from the book, in a good way.

  45. Anna's Sister says:

    Well, no surprise here. Can't wait to see it!

  46. Twinimage says:

    Cool. No big surprise there. Still cool to finally hear.

  47. QueenLucy12 says:

    Ya LB probably will be pg13 hopefully, because its all so epic and yes intense. actually I wouldn't mind if VDT was Pg13. Id still see it.

  48. Wiglaf says:

    I was being sarcastic :). Its just kinda not news because i fully expected it to be PG; its not surprising, although it is nice to hear somethings never change so-to-speak. I would never go see a Rated R Narnia movie, nor do i wish for such a thing to EVER be conceived. lol.

  49. Gretel says:

    The ripping skin off part always grossed me out in the old movie! πŸ˜›

  50. Gretel says:

    Um, yeah. Me too. Not a very calm book! πŸ˜‰

  51. SnowingRoses says:

    They aren't. It's just a suggestion parents can base their desicion off of.

  52. Queen Elizabeth says:

    Actually they have all kinds of swearing in PG movies these days. (And Warrior 4 Jesus, you do see the guy's head in a glimps being chopped off) I've seem PC over 20 times. Anyway, you'd be surprised what they put in PG movies these days. I knew before VDT even came out that it would be PG though.

  53. always narnian says:

    Good. I was worrying it was going to be rated PG-13 =P

  54. FrecklefaceJill says:

    Well, at least it's only PG, otherwise my brother might not have been able to see it at the theaters.


  55. Im one of the admins over at WikiNarnia (come check us out! we could use the help!) and our current poll is which book do we want to see next as a movie, with approx 1300 votes, 49.5% wanted LB as the next one, so it is highly anticipated! I would not be surprised that it could get a PG-13 rating but i hope it would not just because Narnia is for kids and the old people who act like kids O.o and it would seem wrong to have it PG-13… they can pull it off though on PG i think.

  56. Twinimage says:

    I see your points, but the mpaa rating does not make a movie better or worse.
    If it were PG-13, it wouldn't be any more darker, serious, mature or cooler of a movie because of it. It would simply be your imagination.
    The Last Battle is probably the most violent of the series, but it could very well be done as a PG movie. They seem to always stay away from showing blood being shed on screen in Narnia.
    Of course at this rate with the Narnia movies we have now, I doubt it will very much like the book. So the violent scenes you're thinking about, may never be in the film.
    As for the tone of the book, it can still pass as a PG movie. Past movies and movies today that are PG can be very dark.
    LWW was almost PG-13, but they simply cut a few shots from the battle scene and that was it, from what I recall.
    I'm sure PC was the same. They kept the decapitated head in there, but they did it just right so it looked like it was just a helmet getting knocked off.
    Don't get me wrong, I really don't care if it's PG-13 or not.
    Just saying PG doesn't always = kiddie movie
    and PG-13 doesn't necessarily = cool, adult movie.

  57. Narnia Freak says:

    Yaaay! No swearing!!:)

  58. Puddleglum says:

    They never showed that in the BBC series. That was one of my great dissapointments.
    But there is that littli glimmer of hope there. If they do include that as a scene it would mean one more part of the book, and it's original message, that they are adhearing to.

  59. Puddleglum says:

    Appeal to children?
    Ratings mean nothing to hollywood when it comes to selling a product to children. Just look at how many store's toy aisle has action figures from a Pg-13, or R rating movie.

  60. Puddleglum says:

    I must ask. are you planning on going on opening night?