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Is The Imaginary (2024) Kid Friendly? Parents Guide

The Imaginary is an adventure for families to embark on together. With some mature themes of grief and loss, is The Imaginary kid friendly? While there are some scary parts, The Imaginary is a tale of creativity and imagination. Here’s what parents need to know in this Parents Guide to The Imaginary.

The Imaginary Parents Guide

The Imaginary Parents Guide

Studio Ponoc brings The Imaginary to the screen and portrays the depths of humanity and creativity through the eyes of young Amanda and her imaginary companion, Rudger. They go on all kinds of adventures together in a magical world, but are then threatened by an evil force who wants to eat Imaginaries. Rudger is in danger of disappearing by being forgotten by Amanda, but he’s willing to fight for their friendship as well as for the Town of  Imaginaries.
Directed by renowned animator Yoshiyuki Momose (Spirited Away), The Imaginary is an unforgettable adventure of love, loss, and the healing power of imagination.

Age Rating: Why is The Imaginary Rated PG?

The Imaginary is rated PG for scary images, thematic elements, peril, and some violence which means some content may not be suitable for kids of all ages.


There is no profanity in The Imaginary, but a character tells another to “shut up.”

Mature Content: Is The Imaginary Kid Friendly?

What parents need to be aware of is some of the darker tones and violence in The Imaginary. There is some fighting, characters in peril, scary villains who want to eat Imaginaries, and a scary doll-like character that is dressed in black with glowing eyes.

There are also mature themes of death, grief, and loss, a child getting hit by a car, and the idea of being forgotten by friends.

Is The Imaginary Appropriate for Kids Under 8?

Due to the length of the film and some of the mature content, The Imaginary is kid friendly for ages 8 and older. However if you have sensitive children, then I recommend watching with them, because of the characters can be scary and dark. 

Some of the film gets chaotic with too many storylines, but there are some really beautiful and soulful moments. The hand-drawn animation is gorgeous and a welcome change from many CGI-fueled animated films. The Imaginary can sometimes overcomplicate a simple message, but it’s worth your time for the emotional payoff.

The Imaginary Age Rating

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