Box art for Misty


  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

On an island off the Virginia coast lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies.

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Faithful, family-friendly adaptation of children's classic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Misty is a family-friendly film from 1961, inspired by a true story and based on the Newbery Award-winning book of the same name by Marguerite Henry. It offers gentle messages about responsibility, love, and patience, and about humane treatment of creatures in the wild. There are two mildly suspenseful scenes: A pony is thought to be drowning, and a stallion chases a young boy; both are resolved quickly. In an early look at gender discrimination, the young heroine asserts her right to participate in the same activities as her brother. Brief reference is made to the fact that the two kid protagonists have lost their parents and are adjusting to life with their grandparents.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why it's important for Misty to learn to be independent. What's the best way to teach her?
  • Why do you think horse stories in books and movies are popular with kids? What others have you read or seen?
  • Why does Misty want to stay with the children? Why doesn't the Phantom want to stay? How does Paul know?