Dan the Pixar Fan
Interestingly, Finding Dory has officially be rated PG for mild thematic elements.

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PG, huh? Wow that's very interesting, especially since Pixar's sequels (so far) have all been rated G, and I would've expected this one to be the same. But I'm wondering how exactly has it earned that PG rating, is there one scene that is kind of frightening. I don't know. Looks like I'll have to wait until I see the film. But I am surprised that it received a PG rating since Cars 2, Toy Story 3 and Monsters University all received a G rating, I do think Cars 2 did deserve a PG Rating though. But I wonder why it got that rating for Mild Thematic Elements, is there a heart-wrenching scene in the beginning just like there was one in Finding Nemo? Maybe a dark scene where baby Dory gets separated from her family? 
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Hmm... The only thing that I can think of that might warrant the PG rating is the scene involving the squid. But then again, Finding Nemo had that intense scene with the barracuda along with the creeper lantern fish and that was rated G. Sometimes these movie ratings don't make any sense.
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Pixar Post - T.J.
As others have said, yup, sometimes the ratings don't make any sense...but that's since it's a perception of the created guidelines that a committee that watches the film decides. Kind of annoying that it's subjective, but it has to be since you can't automate that process - therefore, films will teeter in the ratings department for a while. I'm really not sure why this one is PG from the story points and clips I've seen, but like Arlo said, we'll have to wait and see.
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Interesting, another PG-rated Pixar movie! We've been having quite a bit of those lately, though to be fair, I have been surprised at the G rating of previous Pixar films, including Finding Nemo (how was that rated G even with the barracuda and anglerfish??), and I know that the MPAA's Joan Graves has said that looking back, Toy Story 3 should have been at least a PG due to the incinerator scene - so maybe it's just a shift in the MPAA instead of in Pixar?

Anyway, just for context, these other Pixar films were also rated PG:

The Incredibles, for action violence
Up, for some peril and action
Brave, for some scary action and rude humor
Inside Out for mild thematic elements and some action
The Good Dinosaur for peril, action, and thematic elements

and now, Finding Dory, for mild thematic elements
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I find it odd that this film is going to have a different rating than Finding Nemo. I can't think of any film from any medium or genre where this has ever occurred. I suppose this is a telling of the times we live in, where many family films are safeguarded with a PG rating at the slightest thematically intense scenes. These days, a film such as Finding Nemo can't get away with a G rating.I can agree that Nemo has scenes that can be scary and dark for younger audiences, even though there are plenty of funny and heartwarming moments to make up for them.

I'm sure Disney fought hard to convince the MPAA to give Finding Dory a G rating to match with Nemo. I guess it would've been too much of a compromise in terms of the story they wanted to tell. If that's the case, then I'm glad they went with the higher rating. This means they kept the dark or intense themes in the final cut in order to tell the story they wanted to tell, and we're not stuck with a softer version of what I know is going to be an emotionally riveting story. One where it's intense moments will serve it's purpose for Dory's journey of self discovery and self acceptance.
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Inside Out = mild thematic element = moving to a new house, Riley running away, Bing Bong's sacfrice, etc.
The Good Dinosaur = thematic element= Henry/Poppa dying, Arlo getting lost, the orphan scene, etc.
Finding Dory = mild thematic element = ???

Now thinking it, i think Toy Story 4 should be PG, because of the romance plot, and i think the same for Coco, because i have no idea how children will be scared of animated skeletons, and Cars 3 should have the G rating

Wonder why this was rated though
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Pixar Post - T.J.
Interestingly, in an impromptu Q&A session on Twitter yesterday evening, Stanton cleared up some thoughts on the ratings. 

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Good to see that he feels it's on the same emotional scale as the first film. If you want to check out a summary of Stanton's responses from the Q&A session, check out our full post as he provided a few insights into the film, some Easter Eggs and joked with many people as well.
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Well, MPAA doesn't really use the G rating. This is basically what their ratings mean now:

G=Barely used
PG=Pratically G (G)
PG-13=Kind of edgy, some small swears (PG)
R=13 year olds (PG-13)

Yeah, the system is basically broken now. Andrew Stanton said they have gotten stricter (a.k.a. Freaking over jumpscares that are only scary for preschoolers who talk durning the entire movie and annoy everyone).
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