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Spy Kids is a 2001 American spy action comedy family film directed, written, edited, and produced by Robert Rodriguez, and starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub, Teri Hatcher, Robert Patrick, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, and Daryl Sabara. In some countries (particularly New Zealand), the film had to be censored, mainly to tone down violence or scary scenes for a lower rating.

Censorship[]

Australian censorship[]

ABC ME[]

  • Some violence was toned down in order to get a "G" rating, particularly in morning airings. Sometimes the uncut version is shown at a later timeslot, with a "PG-V" rating.

French censorship[]

Disney Junior[]

  • Whenever the film was shown, some violence and frightening imagery was cut.

New Zealand censorship[]

The film was initially cross-rated "PG" (parental guidance recommended) for "Low level violence" by the Film and Video Labelling Body, based on the equivalent Australian "PG" rating for "Low level violence". However, Miramax had supposedly sent an appeal to the Office of Film and Literature Classification to re-rate the film (at least in it's original theatrical release) down to a "G" (suitable for general audiences) rating. To do this, the following scenes are said to having had to be cut or toned down:

  • The fight scene between Carmen and Juni against Miss Gradenko and her henchmen was toned down. Particularly the scene where the jet pack sends Miss Gradenko flying back into the wall behind her, causing her hair to burn off.
  • The scene where Gregorio and Ingrid put Minion onto Floop's Transmogrifier was slightly toned down, due to appearing similar in nature to a common torture method used to restrain the victim, despite the scene being humorous in nature.
  • The scene where Floop demonstrates his Transmogrifier on Felix was slightly cut down, although this is rather weird considering that the scene is already partly obscured by Gregorio and Ingrid's reactions.
  • The scene that shows Minion using the Transmogrifier was toned down, maybe due to being too scary for younger viewers.

UK censorship[]

BBC One[]

  • Frightening imagery (particularly of the Fooglies) was toned down.
  • The scene where Miss Gradenko gets her hair burned by the jet pack is toned down. (But as of 2012 this is shown uncut)
  • In re-airings from 2018 onward, Harvey Weinstein's name has been removed and replaced with another portion of a black background during the end credits, due to his sexual misconduct allegations.

BBC Two[]

  • In re-airings from 2018 onward, Harvey Weinstein's name has been removed and replaced with another portion of a black background during the end credits, due to his sexual misconduct allegations.

Where to find it uncensored[]

In New Zealand, the film was later released uncut on DVD, with it's original "PG" rating for "Low level violence", having been cross-rated from it's Australian rating, and due to the Australian and New Zealand DVD releases being identically similar in nature and being the same. TVNZ 2, Sky Movies, and all streaming services show it in it's original uncut form.

Elsewhere, the DVD/Blu-ray releases and many streaming services have it uncut.

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