Watch This: Animated 'Brief History of the PG-13 Rating' Video Essay
Ever wondered why the PG-13 rating is such an annoying middle-ground? Do you know the full history of the PG-13 rating involving Gremlins and Temple of Doom? If not, or maybe if you do already, then dive in and check out this intriguing animated video essay about "[the] Brief History of [the] PG-13 Rating". Made by the folks at The Dissolve, this video explores why and how the rating came about, and how we got to the point today where one "f*ck" is acceptable, but most other language is not, and certain violence sets off red flags and so on. There's also a fun making-of featurette embedded below to go with the video. Enjoy!
Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this video. A Brief History of the PG-13 Rating was animated by Mack Williams, presented by Dell. The video is a companion piece to a feature editorial posted last year called "The ongoing failure of the PG-13 rating", discussing how the PG-13 rating has devolved into something so much worse than what it was originally intended for. That's a whole other debate for another day, and not really worth getting into here, because I can name plenty of recent PG-13 movies that I loved. As always, it's great to see some solid work on content that shines a light on the history of the movie industry. Thoughts?