Forget Absalom, the hookah-smoking caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman) -- chances are extremely slim that your child will think, "Hey, a talking blue caterpillar is smoking from a funny-looking contraption, I'd like to give that a try." A much more significant issue for parents with younger kids is what the MPAA calls "fantasy violence." Decapitation, for example, isn't a motif all children can handle, and there's a bunch of severed heads in the movie, a near execution and a whole lot of death sentences given out on a whim: the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) says, "Off with their heads!" in nearly every scene. There are also some rather creeptastic creatures -- the humongous dog-like Bandersnatch and the dragon-like Jabberwocky -- that could scare your early elementary schoolers, especially because of the added 3-D intensity.
categories Family Film Guide