A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Looks can be deceiving.
Positive Role Models
A smart alien who looks like a house cat has flown a spaceship to earth. He can do advanced math and science. A general and his staff are a bit slow and the "brilliant" scientists gathered to evaluate the spaceship's energy source seem even slower.
Violence & Scariness
Soldiers point guns at a scientist trying to help his cat friend get back to his people. A daring mid-air rescue saves a woman and cat from crashing in a helicopter. References are made to the Soviet threat that worried U.S. military at the time.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A male and female cat lick each other.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Cat from Outer Space is a 1978 Disney movie about a flying saucer from a galaxy far away that's populated by an advanced race of cats. Their technology interests the U.S. military and a scoundrel who wants to use the cats' extraterrestrial power source to rule the universe. Even the youngest children will notice that the special effects are outdated and the pace is slow compared to similar stories made in more recent decades. Soldiers point guns at a scientist trying to help his cat friend get back to his people. Peril is mild. A mid-air rescue of a woman and her cat stuck in a helicopter are as scary as this gets. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This Disney comedy hails from an era when filmmaking for families and kids often featured an exaggerated innocence and dopiness that bore little resemblance to reality. Disney's special effects and its presentation of the way people speak and behave has become better, as in the excellent The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Toy Story of the '90s, and Finding Nemo of 2003, among many others, so kids raised on those great films may shake their heads in wonder at The Cat from Outer Space. It's possible that the sheer silliness of the concept will entertain the youngest children, but tense moments regarding the cat's safety and a kidnapping and helicopter rescue may cause some anxiety in that group of viewers.
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