Meant to be a middleground between PG and R ratings, the MPAA’s PG-13 film rating has drawn criticism over the years for how it’s affected film production. The Dissolve has written about it before, but for the more visually inclined, they’ve offered a brief history lesson on the rating in cartoon form.
“A Brief History of PG-13” tracks the rating from its introduction after concerns over Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins to its near-constant use in modern blockbuster cinema.
The PG-13 rating has been adopted by just about every major franchise, from Marvel’s superhero films to the Transformers franchise to The Hunger Games films, and The Dissolve sees that proliferation as a cause for some concern. The video below gives an overview of exactly why, along with some interesting facts about what the PG-13 rating does and does not allow (Is “f***” said once? Sure! PG-13. But twice? Time to bump the film up to an R.).
Watch the video, along with a behind-the-scenes look below.